Monday, April 11, 2016

I - INVESTIGATION

I is for INVESTIGATION



At the discovery of a crime, there are procedures followed by the first officer on the scene to secure the area. In Murder & Obsession, Helen Gabble, is that officer.



Murder & Obsession

Excerpt:

Standing close to the fire, Detective Helen Gabble could not get warm, even with the proper winter gear she’d had brought in with the forensics team. A partial tent in the front of Steven’s cabin served as murder central while the crime scene investigators finished their job. The shelter had no walls, and despite a canvas roof, the snow swirled in the breeze. The burn barrel ate the wood and provided little to no warmth in the openness. After forensics gave her the all clear, the detective would move her team inside, but right now their operations headquarters resided in the elements. Some of her men waited in warm vehicles, and for a few minutes, she had too, but huddling against the cold didn’t feel right, so she directed the investigation outside. She kept things moving.
Ginger Diehl finally approached her at three in the morning. “We’re done; we’ve collected all the evidence from the bedroom and the grave out back. We’ve swept the place for fingerprints and taken photographs. You have full access now. The bedroom is off-limits, but you can use the downstairs. I just need your signature. Is there something else you need?”
“The body?”

“Sorry. No luck there. I had men on the other side of the bank. We found more bear tracks, but the water is moving too fast. She could be miles downstream. They’ll search when daylight hits.”

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43 comments:

  1. I'm kind of hoping still she's not a 'body'...I wonder if the investigation procedure is standardised or specifically varies from country to country?

    Unusual word choice for I, and very cleverly dovetails into your theme. Neat!

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. I doubt it's standard, but I think it will be one day. Thanks, Nila!

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  2. Investigation is natural to everyone and we all love crime thrillers and bringing the bad guys to task.
    THanks for sharing.

    www.consumerpsyche.com

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  3. Interesting excerpt. Makes me want to know where the body is :-)

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-is-for-island-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. I'm glad, hopefully we find out. :) Hi, Cynical!

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  4. Gonna take some doing to find that body

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  5. Police procedures are so fascinating. Looks like you did a lot of research.

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    1. Hi Tamara, I try to, and yet this year I missed a very important point. Thanks goodness I was able to go back and correct it. I think research is a priceless tool, and with the internet, there's no excuse to get it wrong. :)

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  6. Police procedures interest me, although I think it would take weeks to do proper research of it. :-)

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    1. Hi, Misha, it does, but I was also lucky to know an officer or two, and a person who works in the morgue. Makes it so much easier. :)

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  7. I'm trying imagine being on an investigation like this and freezing outside in a tent. I'm afraid I'd hurry to find the evidence and overlook key clues.

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  8. That's interesting that different 'teams' have to wait their turn to investigate a murder scene. I suppose it makes sense so different departments are not stepping on each others toes.

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    1. Helen is lead detective but the experts have to do their job of collecting evidence. She's observed and will get the results of their work, but in the wilderness there's not a lot of places to wait if the only cabin is considered the crime scene.

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  9. Goodness Yolanda. I am reading this and two things went through my mind. One, no one does Mystery better than you and two, it must have taken a lot of research to get these facts. Impressive!!

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    1. Thanks, akhy, that means the world. I love mysteries so it's actually a pleasure to research and learn.

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  10. I finished your book yesterday and loved it! :)

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    1. Hi, Christine, thank you, you've made my day! Snoopy Happy Dance! Oh yeah!

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    1. Hi, Helen, nice to meet you via the A to Z! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Very nice excerpt from your book. I don't read much mystery these days, but always like to see samples from the work of a writer who knows what she is doing. Too many writers these days mean well and have an idea or two but don't have the knowledge to do a good job of it yet.

    Nissa
    http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi, Nissa, it it's easy to think we know the routine, so many crime shows, but talking to real officers helps make things more real, even in fiction you want it to be believable.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I've started reading it!! Finished reading Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman last night and couldn't wait to start Murder and Obsession.

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    1. Too cool, thank you Nicole, I'm thrilled! Today is the day for happy dances!

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  14. Crime doesn't conveniently happen when it's daylight and warm. Although I'd be frozen solid at that point.

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    1. LOL, me too, but crime happens in the most uncomfortable places.

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  15. Nice excerpt! Definitely has me wanting more.

    S.T.U.F.F.

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  16. Nice excerpt! Definitely has me wanting more.

    S.T.U.F.F.

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  17. Mystery is my thing! I am going to have to check out your books!

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  18. Ugh! I would die in the cold. I could never be a detective.

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    1. It does take dedication, doesn't it. Hi, Libby!

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  19. You always grab my attention! I am going to have a mystery binge, after my art one~ Your books included, since now I am missing Alaska ;D

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    1. Hi, Ella, I'd love to know what you think!

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  20. Crime scene investigation is so fascinating. I really wanted to be a forensic psychologist in high school, delving into the minds of murderers.

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    1. It's an interesting career choice. Hi, J. H.!

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  21. Where is the body? I suppose everybody wants to know.

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    1. Yes, I think it's a question that needs answered. Hi, Michelle!

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