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DAY 7 GIVEAWAY plus #bookreview THE CRIMEWRITER’S CASEBOOK by @gibconsultancy

‘The perfect place to start your research’

Review: THE CRIMEWRITER’S CASEBOOK, Stephen Wade & Stuart Gibbon


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.


Now, I hold my hands up and have to declare that I know one of the authors, Stuart Gibbon. He’s a former Met Police detective, with 30 years’ experience in crime investigation. Stuart has been in charge of murder cases as a DCI, and was an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit. He’s now a writing consultant advising authors on police procedure – and one of those authors is me!

As if that’s not enough, now he’s written a book himself that is designed specifically to help writers. This straightforward reference book covers an introduction to crime investigation, as well as offering insight into some fascinating historical background. In addition, there are case studies from real crimes, explanations of subjects from forensics to police procedure, and a glossary of terms in criminal law and police practice. The sections are easy to navigate and everything very clearly explained.

For the absolute novice at the start of their crime-writing career, this is the perfect place to start your research before moving onto more in-depth books. It would make a fabulous stocking-filler for anyone who is about to complete NaNoWriMo.



From 19 November until 30 November inclusive, my posts on this blog will contain a festive reference. Find it, and then either comment on the post or email Every person who answers correctly will be entered into a prize draw. The competition closes on Thursday 7 December. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 8 December.

So, can you find today’s Christmas reference in this post? Let me know!

What am I giving away?

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

THREE lucky winners will receive a SIGNED COPY of The Darkest Lies and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

ONE lucky winner will receive a SIGNED COPY of Flowers For The Dead and some chocolate to indulge in while reading.

TWO lucky winners will receive an audio book of Her Last Secret and some chocolate to indulge in while listening.

ONE very lucky winner will have a CHARACTER NAMED AFTER THEM in my next book. *


As well as this competition, check out Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and my website for more ways to enter over the next 12 days. You can enter as many times as you want!

* Please note that the character will have your name but will not be based in any way upon you or any person living or dead. They may be a good person or a bad person – they could even be a killer. So be prepared! The part they play may be large or small. Entry into the competition is taken as agreement to these conditions. Thank you.

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