65 ways to kill your victim - in print

Crime writers are a gruesome bunch, we're always looking for new and often subtle ways to kill someone. I'm frequently asked how I research my crime novels for this sort of information. In addition to talking to the experts, getting information from newspaper articles and the Internet  I  use an excellent and very handy little book called, The Crime Writer's Handbook- 65 ways to kill your victim - in print, written by Douglas Wynn. 

This book is an essential and treasured guide. My copy is much thumbed and as a result is falling apart at the seams.  Sprinkled with examples from real life and fiction it provides a wealth of information and ideas.  There is a section on methods of murder including the availability, effectiveness and detectability of the methods which range from contrived accidents to poison, murder by firearms to strangulation, sharp instruments, suffocation and throat cutting!  It also has a section on methods of detection including decomposition, bruises, bloodstains and ballistics, rigor mortis, Lividity and stomach contents. This, along with a ring binder containing forensic information and autopsy reports sit on my bookshelves, what more could a girl want?  I only hope the police never raid my house or I might find myself being arrested as a serial killer!


Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK and is available to buy on line or from all good bookstores.  It is also available for loan in UK libraries. It will be published in the USA on July 1st when it will also be released as an e book and available on Kindle and all other devices.


Pauline Rowson is also the author of the DI Andy Horton MarineMystery Series of which there are currently eleven. Number 12 in the Hortonseries, Fatal Catch, will be published in September 2015. She is alsothe author of two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and InFor The Kill.



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