#CampNaNoWriMo July 2016: Days 17-20


Word Count: 11,435 words

Admittedly, very little written so just a quick update really.

I’ve dropped my word target to 20,000 words as 25k just isn’t going to happen I suspect. My FMC interrupted a slave auction to protect a slave ended up arrested for interfering and causing a scene. She’s awaiting her day in court. Meanwhile, she has met up with her pregnant sister (3 kids already, 4th on its way) who asked her why my FMC did it and my FMC admitted she wasn’t sure. She just knew she had to get involved with the sale of this particular slave.

Not quite sure what’s coming next and the writing will be clunky but I’ll get there eventually. Hope things are going well for you.

Pillow Talk: Post-Sex Confessions Can Sink Your Perfect Murder

Certainly one way to get caught!

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Pillow talk can undo your perfect murder. Seems that folks like to confess, or at least tell secrets, after sex. Researchers blame it on Oxytocin—the “love hormone.” Funny, I don’t remember it being called that in med school. Regardless, it just might lower inhibitions and make folks gabby.



An example can be found in the famous 1997 Pegye Bechler murder here in Orange County, CA. Husband Eric apparently decided to kill his wife and make it look like a boating fatality. His story: he was on a bodyboard, Pegye towing him behind their boat, when a rogue wave knocked him off the board. When he surfaced, the boat was going in circles with no Pegye in sight. The wave had knocked her off the boat and she had drowned. Two problems: Pegye was an excellent swimmer and the water was dead calm that day.




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Book Review: The Crime Writers Guide to Police Practice and Procedure by Michael O’Bryne

Instead of a fiction novel, I’m going to review a How-To book but this one isn’t like the other ones. Instead, it is a book by an ex-police officer called Michael O’Bryne explaining the practice and procedure of a Police investigation for crime writers. Covering pretty much every aspect necessary (at least in basic), this book explains who attends a crime scene and what happens, the structure of the incident room and members of the investigation team and the procedure for arrests and the role of the lawyer. It also features information on the powers of stop and search and home searches and forensics,profiling (pros and cons), organised and other crimes that maybe featured in crime novels aside from murders (which is the main focus in the first few chapters as it’s the crime of choice for many writers) and international policing, use of force and technology. The book also has a quick guide to the Police’s relationships with other agencies and a miscellany covering discipline, senior officers, police culture and informants.

Everything is explained in very simple terms but it is not condescending and also covers the law in the UK and partially in the USA as correct at the time of being published (2009).  Though this book is aimed at crime writer’s, I found this book extremely informative as a writer with characters who are police officers in a Sci-Fi setting and a spy in an urban fantasy story. I did find this a bit of a struggle in places to read but that might have been an element of impatience and wanting to get onto a section I was actually interested in. In saying this, I feel you could just dip in and out of it at will when needing to check on something very quickly.

As a rule though, I feel it is a great resource to have to hand and also offers some extra internet links for further information and would be a great starting point for any crime writer just starting out or any writer who has a police officer character.

(P.S. Sorry if this review looks weird. Had to rewrite this review a bit and mess with its presentation)