In my day job I write academic papers and books; drier than my life of crime, but still dependent upon a strong foundation, solid research and hard facts.
My police procedural series (Webber & Ahmed) and PI series (Annie Raymond) weave in and around each other being careful to respect the lines of credibility between private and official investigation.
I also joined forces with another crime writer, also an academic with a special interest in forensic linguistics, to put together our combined years of writing commercial fiction into a practical guide for others.
Book 1 of the Webber/Ahmed police procedurals is Buried Deep
For the rest in the series, read on...
The Annie Raymond PI series goes like this:
Book 1 - Like False Money (due to be re-released in 2018)
Books 2 and 3, The Jawbone Gang and The Doll Makers
Book 4 - Where There's Smoke (also due to be re-released in 2018)
Book 5 - Buried Deep, as above, the book where Annie unwittingly crashes Webber's party.
Book 6 - Syrup Trap City, which is also (sort of) book 3 in the Webber/Ahmed series
To the eagle-eyed amongst you who have read down this far, firstly, thank you for getting this far down the page, please get in touch (links below) and say hello; secondly your eagle-eyed-ness will have highlighted an anomaly. The Webber/Ahmed series has jumped from book 1 to 3. Where is book 2? It's here. It's Tiger Blood.
And here is that toolkit for writers of commercial fiction