Red Herring

We hear the term 'red herring' used often, especially in mystery stories. Where does it mean and where did it come from? A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from finding the truth. Writers use the device to lead readers and audiences toward a false...

Buried at the Lake

Super stoked over this amazing cover for the latest Luca Mystery - Buried at the Lake   What do you think? The presumption was murder. Everyone assumed they knew the killer… …but what if they were wrong about the crime?

What the FTK?

The headline probably had you wondering.... Is this a curse acronym?  FTK - is short hand for Forensic Tool Kit - sorry if it wasn't saucy enough for you.  As you can imagine, there are many devices used by forensics techs. One of those is called an Imager. This piece...

Forensic Technicians Worst Nightmare

What animal has fingerprints so similar to humans that they confuse even the best experts? They're very cuddly - Koala Bears. Top row: Standard ink fingerprints of an adult male koala (left) and adult male human (right). Bottom row: Scanning electron microscope images...

Plea Bargaining

Pleas in Criminal Trials I’m not a lawyer but through the research I do writing crime fiction novels, I came across interesting subjects that I like to share. Here’s another one - What are pleas? An answer to a charge made against someone. Essentially, what is your...

Perjury

Perjury   I’m not a lawyer and this isn’t a legal document or advice. That said, an attorney I was speaking with mentioned someone perjuring themselves. The conversation and possibilities fascinated me. I did a but of research into it and was surprised but what I...

A Quick Look at Murder Statistics

There are many things we don't know about murders in the USA. This seems surprising in the age of data collection we live in. One stat we can get close to is the clearance/solve rate. Unfortunately, it's an ugly number; only around 60 percent. That means in almost 40%...

Cory’s Dilemma – Book Trailer

Time is dwindling on Cory. The respected session musician has one last chance at making it. He makes a fateful decision. The consequences are harsh but will they destroy him? Cory's Dilemma [video width="1280" height="720"...