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Forensics in Fiction & Real Life

  The Magic of Forensics in Fiction The subject of forensics has captivated readers and audiences for decades. They give a fascinating glimpse into the meticulous world of crime-solving. From the pages of detective novels to the gritty realism of true crime...

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AI is here!

AI means 'Artificial Intelligence' AI once meant Artificial Insemination, but times change. How did I discover AI (in the new sense)? In April I joined a free webinar AI for Writers which took place over five days for several hours a day. Each session lasted a half...

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‘Death Message’, by Damien Boyd – review

Death Message Death Message is a detective novel featuring DI Nick Dixon, the main character in a series by Damien Boyd. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I set out below my more detailed comments. The Plot Death Message is a fast-paced murder mystery with a variety...

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The papers can’t tell you what to think, can they?

The papers? What papers? The papers I mean are the big national dailies: the Mail, the Mirror, the Express, the Telegraph and the popular free paper the Metro. They are the most widely-read and therefore, supposedly, the most influential. To some extent the Times, the...

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Why are my Main Characters not all Christians?

The Main Characters in my books are varied The main character in my series Accounting for Murder is Frank Hill, who is in unsure about religion, whilst his wife, Sian, is a devout atheist. There is some discussion of faith in these books, particularly Book II, Old...

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Good Friday speaks to people today

Good Friday begins the Easter Weekend Good Friday comes at the end of Holy Week and sets the scene for Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. Christians say it proves he was the Son of God. . I have written about Easter before and I hope...

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Funny? Don’t try too hard!

Funny can be by accident or design Funny things happen in real life and fiction should reflect that. Therefore, humour often works best when it seems natural. Most comic characters don't know they are being funny and don't intend to be. Think of the fool, the pompous...

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How are Animals Used in Novel Writing?

How are Animals Used in Novel Writing?

Time to discuss the elephant in the room? Have you ever wondered about the unique literary presence of our four-legged friends and creatures of the wild? Animals in novels have long been a staple, serving various roles, from companions to symbols of societal traits....

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British Citizenship on Test

British Citizenship - what test? British Citizenship requires passing a test in knowledge of the UK as well as an English language test, but what nobody tests is your Britishness. How far do you understand us Britons and how integrated are you? Some people think...

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‘Unnatural Death’ by Patricia Cornwell – a review

Unnatural Death is what? Unnatural Death is a murder mystery investigated by medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, the star of a long series of novels. The title refers not only to to the fact that the story is about a murder investigation, but also to the discovery of an...

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A Short History of Crime Fiction

A Short History of Crime Fiction

Are you searching for the history of crime fiction novels? You have come to the right place! This latest blog will explain everything you need to know about the history of crime fiction novels. Crime fiction, a genre that's all about suspenseful narratives and clever...

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Words have power – try learning Mahjong!

Words should matter - not only to writers Words influence how we think and what we do. For us writers, words are obviously the tools of our trade, but other people use them all the time too. It is easy to forget how important they are and how we could use them better....

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