Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deadly Legacy - I'd like to thank...

"Deadly Legacy is an honest to goodness Mystery patterned after early mystery writers Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe....This Police Procedural is written with attention to well-researched detail of law enforcement technique. The "whodunit" mystery portion of the novel is laid out with thought provoking precision."
Gail M Baugniet, Author of For Every Action
First of all, I'd like to thank Gail Baugniet for a great review. I have lots of people to thank for their support, but especially Gail for commenting on the very things I hoped readers would appreciate.

The precision of the "whodunit" aspect of Deadly Legacy owes everything to my mother and the books she taught me to love--including Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

As for the research, I did a lot on many many topics in order to extrapolate my future world, but I really went to town on police procedure. For that I owe thanks to others. To quote the acknowledgements in Deadly Legacy:
A very big thanks goes to Provincial Constable Mark Cloes, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Detective Bob Strathdee (Ret), Toronto Police Services. Mark patiently let me interview him on procedure and shared some of his great stories. Bob walked me through a sample homicide investigation and gave me some insight into police culture.
I should add a thank you to Joan Strathdee, who I met in the hotel pool at a conference. She's the one who talked her husband Bob into letting me interview him.

How I met Mark Cloes is a story for another day, but there's an OPP constable out there somewhere who is owed a cup of coffee for his help.



2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great experience writing this book, Alison. I love a well-researched book. I'll have to download it for my upcoming holiday. I know Joan Strathdee.I believe she was in my very first critique group, unless I'm confused. It was a while ago, maybe 6, 7 years.

    Good luck. May your new release sell gazillions!

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    1. Wow! Small world or what? I'm sure we're talking about the same Joan Strathdee. How many could there be who are writers living in the Mississauga area.

      Joan and I talked about our stories while lazily swimming lengths in the pool at the Harbour Castle Hilton in Toronto. We were both at the same conference (Co-op Housing Federation) but since she's co-op staff and I was a co-op rep, we didn't cross paths much - except at the pool. We've stayed connected (on and off) by email.

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