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LINKS: Mystery Writing Resources

Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers
http://www.barbarafister.com/BloodattheSource.html
Tips on using libraries and the Internet for mystery research.

Crime Magazine
http://www.crimemagazine.com
"Crime Magazine is about true crime: organized crime, celebrity crime, serial killers, corruption, sex crimes, capital punishment, prisons, assassinations, justice issues, crime books, crime films and crime studies."

Crime Thru Time
http://www.crimethrutime.com/index.htm
A site dedicated to historical mysteries; unfortunately it is no longer being maintained and is up for sale, but it still has a lot of useful content.

Crime Writers Association
http://www.thecwa.co.uk/
British mystery writers' organization; includes extensive list of author-member websites.

Crime Writers of Canada
http://www.crimewriterscanada.com

Firearms Tutorial
http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNINTRO.html
Don't put the wrong weapon in the wrong hands! This tutorial is designed to give you a working knowledge of the types of firearms, the types of ammunition used, the nature of injuries that can be produced in the body, and much more.

Forensic Science Technician
http://www.forensicsciencetechnician.net
Though this site is primarily designed to list all the forensic science degree programs in the US, the list of links to blogs and other resources provides a great starting point for forensic research.

Guide to Lock Picking
http://www.lysator.liu.se/mit-guide/mit-guide.html
Includes tools, exercises, models, and a chapter on "advanced lock picking."

MysteryCozy.com
http://mystery-cozy.com/
A site dedicated to "cozy" mysteries, with articles and lots of good links.

MysteryNet.com
http://www.mysterynet.com
Though designed more for readers than for writers, this site offers information on upcoming mystery events, games, chats, and other resources.

Mystery Writer's Forum
http://mwf.ravensbeak.com/
Discussion forums for mystery writers.

Public Safety Writers Association
http://policewriter.com/wordpress/
The organization is open to writers who are members of the public safety family -- police officers, civilian police personnel, firefighters, fire support personnel, emergency personnel, security personnel, others in the public safety field as well as those who write about public safety issues.

Sisters in Crime
http://www.sistersincrime.org
Membership: writers, fans, editors, booksellers, etc. Working to "combat discrimination against women in the mystery field." Benefits: writers' resources, member links, bookseller information, local chapters, a catalogue of member's writing, etc.

"Twenty rules for writing detective stories"
http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/vandine.htm
This article, originally published in American Magazine in 1928, is still fun to read, even if modern detective stories seem to have forgotten most of these "rules"!

Twists, Slugs and Roscoes: A Glossary of Hardboiled Slang
http://www.miskatonic.org/slang.html
A fun guide to "detective" and police slang, especially of the 20's, 30's and 40's.

Women of Mystery
http://www.womenofmystery.net
The list of topics covered by this blog must be seen to be believed. It covers writing, reading, true-life crime and much more.

Zeno's Forensic Page
http://forensic.to/
Huge list of links to resources on forensic science, medicine, and psychiatry. Includes links to forums, journals, laboratories, associations, universities, employment opportunities, discussion lists, and lots more.
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Recommended Reading


The Crime Writer's Reference Guide

Don't Murder Your Mystery

Elements of Mystery Fiction

Howdunit Book of Poisons

Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation

Howdunit Forensics

How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

How to Write Killer Fiction

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries

How to Write a Mystery

Mystery Writing in a Nutshell

Now Write! Mysteries: Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America

You Can Write a Mystery

 

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