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Writing Crime – Voluntary Interviews

Rebecca Bradley

Making Your Crime Fiction Realistic (2)

As I mentioned in last week’s post, about the police caution, we are going to discuss voluntary interviews this week.

This was the question that started us down this path, originally.

When someone is brought in for questioning with no evidence (as in you are still gathering and you ask them to help with your enquiries at the station) are they under caution and can they leave at any time?

So, the answer is, that you don’t just bring people into a police station for questioning with no evidence. No matter what the TV might tell you. You need grounds for arrest if you are arresting someone, and if someone is not under arrest, then they absolutely do not have to come with you to a police station. They don’t even have to talk to you.

There is a way to interview someone on record, though, who you may…

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Free stuff! The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes is free today

Great opportunity to read this little gem for free today!

Liz Hedgecock

That’s right, just for today The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes ebook is free to buy from Amazon! Spread the word!

On May 22, 1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born, so on the anniversary of his birthday I thought a Secret Notebook giveaway day would be a nice gesture.

Visit to grab your copy, and if you enjoy it, a review on Amazon or Goodreads would be very much appreciated.

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Winning story in @mothpublishing Northern Crime One #Northerncrime Anthology

Northern Crime ONE front copy

Finally, after weeks of supressed excitement, I can share my news that my story ‘Memento Mori’ features in the Moth Publishing Northern Crime One anthology as one of twenty winning stories. It’s available as a Kindle download as well as in paperback from Amazon.

I wrote the story after attending the Northumbria University sponsored CrimeStory Weekend in 2014. A workshop I attended during the weekend, led by renowned crime author Margaret Murphy , gave me inspiration for the story. Soon after, Moth announced the competition for novelists and short story writers and I was able to submit my story.

It has been a long wait to find out if I was a winner, but well worth the wait! It’s wonderful to have my writing recognised as being worthy of publication. I hope you enjoy the stories in this fabulous anthology.


What’s Your First Draft Like? – Tony Schumacher

Really interesting blog – have a read!

Rebecca Bradley

Today I’m excited to welcome crime writer Anthony Schumacher to the blog to talk about his first draft process.

Tony Schumacher author picTony lives in Liverpool England, his first two novels The Darkest Hour, and The British Lion have been published worldwide by Harper Collins and he is currently working on his third. Before writing he was a miserable failure at school, travelled the world, was a builder, a bar man, a bin man, and a British Bobby (he’s also had lots of jobs that didn’t begin with the letter “B” but they are far too many to list here).
He’s written for The Guardian, the Huffington Post, and both Liverpool and Manchester Confidential magazines. He’s been a stand-up comedian, acted in a movie you won’t have seen, and made some films for the BBC Politics Show. He can often be heard on BBC Radio, LBC radio and singing in the bath.

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