Online Research for Mystery Writers

Online research for writers is now a normal procedure. Some writers want to visit places to do their research, talk in person to the people involved and take classes to learn how to use weapons, visit a body farm, etc. But for most of us just starting out we really have to rely on online resources and our local library. Online you can go just about anywhere you want to go, get pictures of places, people, events and happenings.

Eye on Flat Panel MonitorOnline research for writers is now a normal procedure. Some writers want to visit places to do their research, talk in person to the people involved and take classes to learn how to use weapons, visit a body farm, etc. But for most of us just starting out we really have to rely on online resources and our local library. Online you can go just about anywhere you want to go, get pictures of places, people, events and happenings. We can even watch videos on YouTube.com on a wide variety of subjects. I-Tunes even offers a lot of free online courses you can take to help your writing or even learn a new skill. Yes, when you finally make enough money from your book sales you can run off to Africa to research some local native poison darts and how they are made or whatever.

Some of the best tools online are offered for FREE and we will list a couple of the ones that we use all the time in our research for our articles. These are in no particular order but they may prove useful to you in the future.:
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Top Ten Female Detective Characters in Books

Top Ten Female Detective Characters in Books include Eve Dallas, Alexandra Hargreaves, Jane Marple, Emily Pollifax, Joanna Brady, Anita Blake, Anna Pigeon, Kay Scarpetta, VI Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone. These are in no particular order but I do read them and try to get every new book that comes out. Now the Jane Marple and Emily Pollifax characters will not have any more books written about them as the authors have passed away but they did get me started reading when I was young and kept me interested in mysteries, female detectives in particular. It is a great genre and could use some more great female writers that write about outstanding female characters no matter when, where or even doing whatever. Detectives come in all shapes, sizes, races and types including police, private and those who just solve mysteries on the side.

AgathaChristieMiss Jane Marple series was written by Dame Agatha Christie. I enjoyed the series and went to the library almost every month to pester the librarian to find each and every book in the series. Since it was so long ago I don’t remember most of the stories and hope to get them in the future to re-read them all. This type of story is called a “Cozy Mystery” in which, in this case at least, an elderly lady solves mysteries without any formal training or background. Miss Marple is a keen observer of human behavior with an above average intelligence and can put clues together. These stories are about the mystery and do not have any romance or sexual content like their more contemporary examples. It is a great starter series for younger readers and those who like the pure mystery. It could use a little modernization of terms but all in all they are a great read Continue reading “Top Ten Female Detective Characters in Books”

Alex The Fey

TheFeyAlex the Fey Series is written by Claudia Hall Christian. It is a great thriller series with a strong female lead named Alexandra Hargreaves. She is a tough, smart, and feisty Special Forces commander and part of an elite team that travels the world rescuing hostages, mostly American, wherever they may be. Her home life is important to her and she makes sure the men in her command are able to have a fulfilling personal life as well. The story centers around Alex, her family and her fellow soldiers. Yes, the story is fiction but it is more than possible that women can be as motivated, smart and skilled as any man. She is in a unique position of authority in that she isn’t on a battlefield but provides intelligence for those who are, in her spare time. She also suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but with counseling, her friends and family, and her strength of will she is dealing with it in a realistic fashion. It is nice to read about a believable character dealing with these everyday issues and coming out the other side. She treats her men as she would like to be treated and expects them to do their jobs, protect each other, and come home safe. What more can you ask of soldier?
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Check Out Our Bookstore

We have been doing some rearranging here at the Women Detectives Blog. We have added some new products to our bookstore that you might find pretty interesting. Not only have we bookmarked our favorite authors books but we have added non-fiction books and accessories for the private or public detective in you. If you are a writer or someone who would like to become a public or private investigator you should read some of these books and get some of this equipment. From handcuffs to handgun holsters, from lock picks to video recording sunglasses, and books about private investigations to crime scene forensics. These are by no means a complete list of what may be needed but it is a pretty comprehensive list. Look through the different categories and tell us what you think!

When you are doing research for a detective or mystery book you need to have information about police procedures, forensic techniques, equipment available for surveillance as well as knowledge about guns, poisons and human behavior. If you want to become a police officer or private investigator in real life you will need to know the same things. Information in books are a way to start but is by no means a substitute for experience. Buying the equipment and practicing the techniques in the books will put you on the path to becoming a professional in the field. Besides some of the things are just plain cool.







Happy New Year

We hope that you and yours have had a safe and happy holiday season. Now we are back to the grind and discussing new topics for post today and in the future. We are working on some things and hope to be posting on a more regular basis. We also hope you have been reading your favorite characters and would like to participate in some lively discussions. And we are still hoping to interview female detectives this year.
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