Psychic Detective Series

We just got through reading 3 of Victoria Laurie’s Psychic Detectives books. I just went to the library to find something new to read and picked up the three paperbacks that were available on the shelves. My mom started reading them first because I was working the night shift and didn’t have time to read them that week. She came dragging through the kitchen the next morning when I got home because she was up all night reading the first book, A Vision of Murder, and she couldn’t put it down until she finished it. Now, I had to try them out but I had to wait until I had a day off because if they were as good as they say they were then I couldn’t afford to go to work without any sleep. Not surprising my mom was right and I couldn’t put down the books once I started reading them. A great series and well worth the read. Continue reading “Psychic Detective Series”

Lyn Hamilton vs Lara McClintoch

Lyn Hamilton wrote fiction tales about her character Lara McClintoch. Lyn was an avid archeology enthusiast and studied cultural and physical anthropology in colleget. She didn’t begin her career in writing until her 50’s but wrote consistently until a year or two before she passed away. Her main character, Lara, is not a “detective” per se but she does seem to get involved in some rather interesting situations. You wouldn’t think that an antiques dealer would come across dead bodies or go out and solve crimes but this one does. I have read several of Ms. Hamilton’s books but not all of them, yet! She includes references to old stories or myths within the region. The latest one was entitled “The Orkney Scroll” where Lara ends up going to some islands off the coast of Scotland to solve a riddle that is over 1000 years old and of course, a murder as well. Continue reading “Lyn Hamilton vs Lara McClintoch”

Watching Writers on YouTube

I do so like to read a good detective novel of almost any kind. But one that features a female heroine is even better. We all like to put ourselves in the role of the characters we read about and we wonder what their authors are like as well. Youtube is a place that you can find videos of authors being interviewed, lecturing in front of groups, and fans doing “what-if” videos on their favorite characters. I have recently re-watched a 2010 Q&A session by one of my favorite writers Laurell K. Hamilton. She is in touch with her fans through her website, she tweets and even has a blog. Continue reading “Watching Writers on YouTube”

Which is better Public or Private Detectives

“Which is better Public or Private Detectives?”. Each of the types of detectives has their own set of rules and requirements. And each gives us as readers a unique perspective to the story they are participating in. Private detectives are generally self-trained, apprentice with someone who already is a private detective and has more flexibility in accomplishing their investigative goals. Depending on the type of agency the private detectives belong to there might be some limitations as to money. An independent self employed private detective usually has financial limitations unless they are independently wealthy, of course. Those employed by an agency has the financial backing of the company but may end up only doing boring routine stuff. Most private detectives do employee background checks, forensic accounting investigations, follow cheating spouses or try to find missing people after the police have given up. They are not supposed to break the law but they, generally, don’t have a lot of rules that they have to follow to get their job done. And finally, they rarely get shot at. Continue reading “Which is better Public or Private Detectives”

Private Investigator Requirements

I think all of us who read and enjoyed detective fiction wonder what it would be like to be a private investigator in real life. I was researching on the web and came across this website called the Professional Investigator’s Magazine. They have a link to each state’s website that states what the requirements are to become a private investigator in that state. You may have to poke around on the sites until you find the information that you require as the editor just linked to the main page of the licensing department. Surprisingly there are a couple of states that do no have formal licensing requirements. Those states are Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota and Wyoming. Continue reading “Private Investigator Requirements”