As mystery writers, we create criminals who break the law, victims who suffer at the villain’s hand, and detectives who catch the felons (most of the time). In a murder mystery, the victim may die by gun fire, poison, and strangulation, to name just a few of the ways a person can be killed. Those who write thrillers may put your protagonist’s life in danger in any number of ingenious ways, often facing a ticking clock. Our detectives use muscle and brain power to solve a case.
In this blog, I will add a new set of tools criminals can use to commit crimes and our detectives have available to solve cases: technology. I will show how a murder can just as easily be committed by hacking into the micro-chips, which are ubiquitous in our lives, as by stabbing or shooting. I will show how our detectives can track down bad guys by clicking a few buttons on their keyboards.
In my book, Murder in the Sunset Years, killers use computers to plan, execute, and attempt to cover up their crimes. My detectives, a college professor and the students in a Forensic Technology workshop he teaches, then use cyber-tools to put the bad guys away.
My goal is to add new posts to this blog at least monthly, each one describing technologies mystery writers can use in their books and stories. For example:
- I’ll show how software which ages someone in an old photograph can help solve cold cases.
- I’ll demonstrate how to use data from a genealogy database to match DNA found at a crime scene.
I look forward to reading your comments on my posts and suggesting topics to include in this blog. I would also like to know how you use cyber-tools in your writing.
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I hope my fellow mystery writers will find information in my posts useful. And may all your murders be pleasant ones.