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A Straightforward Guide to the Crime Writers Casebook: A Reference Guide to Police Procedure now and then (Straightforward Guides)

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For anyone interested in writing or reading crime, whether historical or modern day, this book is an essential reference companion.
In addition to detailed information on police and criminal procedures, the book features true crime case studies from two leading experts in their field.
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published December 10th 2017 by Straightforward Publishing
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The Book Review Café
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Let me assure you before I begin my review “no” I won’t be writing or even attempting to write a crime thriller any time soon, I have neither the patience or the imagination! But as a huge crime thriller lover of both fact and fiction this book piqued my interest. The Crime Writer’s Casebook contains fourteen very interesting chapters examples being The Murder Victim And Crime Scenes, Murder Or Manslaughter? and Forensic Pathology to name but a few. The glossaries also provides an abundance of ...more
Sheryl Browne
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re thinking of writing crime or crime thriller and wondering where to start, then The Crime Writer’s Casebook is an absolute must-have reference book. With case studies from real crimes, explanations of forensics and police procedure from leading experts in their field and an understandable A to Z index of legal terms, it’s every bit the straightforward guide it claims to be. Pick a subject you need information on, flick to the index, and you will find it. It’s all there. Anything you ...more
Caroline Mitchell
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
A must-have for any crime writer's bookshelf. This guide has been expertly written and is very easy to follow in easy bite-sized chunks. It not only provides useful information on police procedures but also features fascinating accounts of true crime case studies. A highly recommended read.
P.A. Rudders
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me a little longer to read this than I thought but it was well worth the effort. The first thing to stress is that this book is written from a UK perspective so isn't likely to be of too much use to anyone writing the next Sam Spade or Columbo type book. I was afraid that it might read like a dusty old academic lawbook, the sort Judges keep by the side but thankfully that's not the case; divided into fourteen easily digestible chapters, each divided under various useful sub-headings this ...more
Ronnie Turner
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stuart Gibbon was kind enough to send me a copy of this book over the Christmas period. And what a treat is has been! My copy is now filled to brim with Post-It notes, sections I know I’ll need to refer to later on. Basically the entire book really, it’s so good. The Crime Writers’ Casebook is the ultimate helping hand, an honest guide, the best reference book for writing crime fiction or even just furthering your understanding of police investigation. Stuart advised me on a few elements of an ...more
Victoria Goldman
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Crime Writer's Casebook is a brilliant easy-to-read guide to police procedure, whether you're writing crime fiction or just have an interest in the topic. It covers contemporary and historical crimes, giving the book a broad appeal.

The book is perfect for someone like me who knows nothing about police procedure and investigations, but I can also see it being a useful manual for more experienced crime writers. Even if I need more detail for a work in progress, this provides me with the
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A Reference Guide to Police Procedure now and then" (or "Past and Present" as my copy says) is excellent for the "now" part, with enough detail in text that gets straight to the point. I'd give it 5 stars if that was all this book was. However the "then/past" part is where it's a bit of a mess. Each chapter has an anecdote or two about a specific incident vaguely related to the main chapter and the book finishes with a rushed summary of British law enforcement history. The anecdotes aren't much ...more
Philippa East
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book for writers of crime fiction, and of other genres in which a crime appears. The book is designed to help writers present details of police procedures accurately in their stories, and have the information and knowledge required to write plausible scenes and plots (i.e. avoid bloopers). The book is very easy to read and is kept engaging with the inclusion of many case examples throughout, from both the modern and historical era. These case examples also work well in sparking creative ...more
Heather Gilbert
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: research
Not quite what I was looking for in terms of basic police information - but it's a good book to keep on hand for future research projects. Never know when I am going to need to know a dastardly questions... and always asking Google leads to an interesting search history. heh
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Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and educated at the universities of Wales and Leeds.

He taught in further and higher education for many years, and this was followed by six years as a writer working in prisons.

He has written over fifty books, mainly in non-fiction, and he also lectures part-time at the University of Hull.