#Review: BEING A DETECTIVE. Expert #crime #thriller guide. OUT NOW! @StraightfwdPub #crimewriting #amwriting #writingtips

Want the pertinent facts about facial recognition? Insight into the life of a detective? If you are writing crime thriller, psychological thriller – anything with a crime element – BEING A DETECTIVE is an accurate guide to all things police procedural. Providing easily indexed, expert information about everything from the ABC principle through to Z-cars and zombie knives, this book, along with THE CRIME WRITER’S CASEBOOK, really is as essential as your laptop. Having completed a forensics course myself, I can honestly say that you will learn everything you need to include in your manuscript from these two books. For instance, have you ever wondered what the object used by police to force open doors is? Not a lot of point having your DI yelling for it, if he/she doesn’t know. As a crime writer, you will need to get your facts right. I cannot recommend these two excellent guides enough.

I have used one of the author’s services as a writing consultant in the past (Stuart Gibbon. You can find him at GIB Consultancy). A former Met Police detective with 30 years’ experience in crime investigation, a DCI on murder cases and also an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, he’s definitely a leading expert in his field.




  1. March 20, 2019 / 9:48 pm

    These sound very good, Sheryl. Are they geared for only the British system or does it deal with North American traditions/methods/practices too? Or is it generic?

  2. March 30, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Sorry not to have got back sooner, Anneli. It’s does concentrate on the British system mainly, so I’m not sure how useful it would be to you. If you’re looking to base a book here though, it’s a must!

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