Write what you know – Mark Twain

If I only wrote about what I know, I certainly wouldn’t be writing very much!

Here is an up-to-date list of all the brilliant resources I’ve found to help me blog or write crime:

Crime Fiction Reviews

Blogs: Crime Thriller GirlCrime FilesCrime Book Junkie


Criminal Psychology

Criminal Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide by Bull et al

Inside the Mind of a Psychopath‘ by Kiehl and Buckholtz in Scientific American Mind

Psychopaths know right from wrong but don’t care‘ by Cima, Tonnaer and Hauser in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Serial Killers by Joel Norris

Serial Murder by Holmes and Holmes

Serial Murder: Future Implications for Police Investigations by R.D. Keppel

The Forensic Psychologist’s Casebook: Psychological Profiling and Criminal Investigation by Laurence Allison

Blogs: Crime TravellerThe Daily Profiler


Diversity in Writing

Report for Change: The 2016 Publishing Summit Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Mystery Community Sisters in Crime (2016)


Forensics – General

Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science by Richard Platt

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle

Hidden Evidence: The Story of Forensic Science by D Owen

Introducing Forensic and Criminal Investigation by Jane Monckton-Smith et al


Forensics – Toxicology

Forensic Pharmacology: Medicine,  Mayhem and Malpractice by R.E. Ferner

Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by N.G. Rao


Geographical Profiling and Mapping Crime

‘Criminality of Place: Crime Generators and Crime Attractors’ by Brantingham and Brantigham in the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

Defensible Space by Oscar Newman

Environmental Criminology by Brantingham and Brantingham

Geographical Profiling by Kim Rossmo

‘Is it important to Examine Crime Trends at a Local ‘Micro’ Level?: A longitudinal Analysis of Street to Street Variability in Crime Trajectories’ by Groff et al in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology

‘Issues in the geographic profiling of crime: Review and Commentary’ by Harries and Le Beau in Police Practice and Research

‘Modelling Offenders’ Decisions: A Framework for Research and Policy’ by Clarke and Cornish in Crime and Justice

‘Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach’ by Cohen and Felson in the American Sociological Review

Space, Time and Crime by K. M. Lersh and T. C. Hart

‘The Environmental Range of Serial Rapists’ by Canter and Larkin in the Journal of Environmental Psychology


The Law, Legal Jargon and Court Cases

The Crown Prosecution Service

Wikipedia – Types of Death

Blogs: UK Criminal Law, Crime and Consequences


Police Procedure

British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016 by Kevin N Robinson

FBI Crime Classification Manual by John Douglas et al

The Crime Writer’s Guide to Police Practice and Procedure by Michael O’Byrne


Real Crime

Serial Killers by Joel Norris

Serial Murder: Future Implications for Police Investigations by R.D. Keppel

Blogs: LauLouLewKillers without ConscienceTrue Crime DivaThe Line UpTrue Crime ReportAll Things CrimeDying Thoughts


Writing – Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction by Rzepka and Horsley

Crime Fiction by John Scaggs

How to Write Crime Fiction by Sarah Williams

Writing Crime Fiction: An Introduction: A 60-Minute Masterclass by Ryan and Hall


Writing – General

102 Ways to Write a Novel by Alex Quick

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Blogs: Just Write a BookSpringholeGo Teen WritersMandy Wallace

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