How Your Sleuth Can Solve the Crime

Murder One
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Class Dates: 
November 1 - 30
Steve Brown

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Are you writing amateur sleuth or private investigator fiction? How about police procedural fiction? If yes then this years KOD lesson material, presented by Steven Kerry Brown, former Special Agent with the FBI and long time private investigator is for you.

This years' class focuses on how your sleuth can solve the crime. You'll learn actualtechniques used by private investigators (amateur sleuths can use them too) to solve criminal cases and various mysteries.

We will explore murders, murders staged to look like suicides, kidnappings, burglaries, home invasions, and extortion. And other crimes that the author hasn't revealed yet.

Do you know how to find blood at a potential crime scene that is not visible to the naked eye? How about how to lift fingerprints, that your sleuth finds where the police missed them, using ordinary substances found in your home if you don't have any latent fingerprint powder readily available in the trunk of your car?

Is the evidence your sleuth finds admissible in court even if she didn't maintain a "chain of custody log"?

Can your sleuth put a GPS tracking device on a vehicle owned by the suspect? How about recording an interview with a suspect or even a witness?

All of the above and more will be discussed in this year’s Kiss of Deathlessons. If you have any particular type of crime you'd like discussed, send your suggestions for inclusion. Send them to

Instructor Bio: 

Steven Kerry Brown began his investigative career as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a special agent and supervisory special agent, he worked in Phoenix, Chicago, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his 11 years with the FBI, he was assigned a multitude of different cases, ranging from bank robberies and theft of government property, to foreign and domestic terrorism, and foreign counter-intelligence matters, particularly the Cuban Intelligence Service (DGI).For the last 33 years, he has successfully managed his own private investigative firm. During this time, his clients have called upon his expertise for every conceivable investigative need—from simple pre-employment background checks to sophisticated white-collar thefts, from murders disguised as suicides to the returning of parentally abducted children from foreign lands, and environmental contamination cases.Steve also is an avid sailor, has held a one hundred ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license, sailed throughout the Caribbean, and spent two years as captain of a sixty-foot ketch running sailing charters in the Bahamas.  

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's blood.