Tuesday, September 1, 2015



APPLETON, WI

August 2015





From rescue...





to the evidence...








to smoke-filled rooms...







to the newest in fashions...






to fire trucks...







to traffic stops...






to the crime lab...







to autopsy reports...






to a bank robber arrest... 





to blood spatter charts...







to airplane takedowns...






and more...



The 2015 Writers' Police Academy had it all !!





A round of applause for our fearsome leader.

Lee Lofland did it again.



Friday, August 28, 2015

WRITERS' POLICE ACADEMY
CRIME LAB




We got to play with the superglue fuming chamber...




Did you know a pre-puberty child’s fingerprints are uncollectable after 48 hours? (Fingerprints are 99% water and 1% oils. However, the oils do not secrete until after puberty, so a child’s prints will ‘disappear’)





 


I haven't ironed in years...
but we had to lift those prints!



 



We also learned about blood spatter
and how to follow the trajectory


 




AND WE MADE


NEW FRIENDS!!







Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another successful Writers’ Police Academy

Lee Lofland and his gang have done it again. This past weekend brought together writers from all over the country to another hands-on conference.

The new location was the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. (After trekking the 14 hr. drive to North Carolina in the past, it was a huge relief to have only a 3 ½ hr. drive from Chicago.)



The 1st day started with a rescue demonstration by the fire department, complete with Stokes basket.













My first class was “Fire Fundamentals” where we got to ride in a fire truck. 



I think we flunked ‘Seat Belt 101’ since none of us could properly belt ourselves in.





Next up - A fingerprint expert 
and Coroner Amanda Thoma.




There is a 727 plane parked in the back of the academy. 






We sat on the plane and watched a demo where the instructor showed us how to deal with an unruly passenger.



Lastly, we entered a smoke-filled building. 







The smoke deepened to the point that the only thing I could see was the person directly in front of me. 






Yet firemen can clear a room in 6 seconds.





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Friday, July 10, 2015

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The soon-to-be Mrs. Ella Westin doesn't remember adding 'solve a murder' to her bridal to-do list, but when she stumbles over the dead body of her matron of honor, it looks like she'll have no choice. Can she catch the killer before the wedding is called off? Or will she be Married to Murder?



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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?


I'VE BEEN BUSY WRITING THE LATEST HAZEL CARTBELL MYSTERY IN MY "WHO MURDERED?" SERIES


IN A FEW DAYS, I'M OFF TO A CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS:



I'M VERY EXCITED TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE FOR THE 1ST TIME.

I'M SURE TO COME BACK WITH PLENTY OF INFO FOR MY NEXT BOOK!!




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SCOTT MACKEY

INTRODUCING 2 NEW MYSTERIES BY SCOTT MACKEY



Join in on the fun for the release of 

COURAGE BEGINS
&
COURAGE RESURRECTED


Check it out and enter the contest
to win a copy of Scott's ebooks at:
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