It seems like we’ve always had crime drama and cop shows. FBI, CIA and local law enforcement. The crime scene-forensics shows and the profilers. The buddy cops, two guys, two gals, guy-and-gal shows. Cagney and Lacey? Remington Steele? Detectives, sheriffs, beach patrols and beat cops. Cowboys, space cops, long hairs and bald, Glock-carrying detectives. You know their names, ranging from Starsky & Hutch, McCloud, and Jim Rockford to Longworth, Blue Bloods and Jethro Leroy Gibbs. Who could forget (for those of you a little youth-challenged,) Officers Toody and Muldoon of Car 54 Where Are You? Pete Malloy and Jim Reed of Adam-12? The grand-daddy of all copy shows, Dragnet?
Always fans of the crime drama, my husband and I watch several current shows every week. And lately, we’ve recognized a new trend: the cop-helpers. As if our law enforcement heroes just aren’t capable of solving crimes on their own, these police buddies appear on the small screen weekly to assist with getting the bad guys. Topping this list is the venerable Richard Castle, novelist-turned-cop sidekick to the brilliant but obviously short-sighted NYPD Homocide detective Kate Beckett. Castle, being an amateur criminologist, comes up with wild theories and helpful clue-busters. Everyone loves “Cas-kett” and their humorous, romantic thread.
Other entries into the buddy-cop field include Elementary, Person of Interest, Perception, The Mentalist, Numb3rs and The Blacklist. In Elementary, modern-day Sherlock Holmes along with pal Joan Watson also shore up the NYPD homocide division. In Person of Interest, the NYPD gets a boost (and vice versa) from Mr. Finch and Mr. Reese, who use a high-tech “entity” to help them stop crimes before they happen. I often wonder why Detective Bell (Elementary) and Detective Fusco (POI) never meet up with Detective Beckett in Midtown?) In Chicago, Perception’s Dr. Daniel Pierce is a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist and university professor who helps the FBI solve problems with mentally or emotionally impaired suspects, a talent they can use in just about any case.
In The Mentalist, pseudo-psychic Patrick Jane assists the California Bureau of Investigation and the FBI while working on his own agenda: to kill the man who murdered Jane’s wife and daughter. While not a true psychic, Jane is über perceptive and intuitive about people and details as a result of his upbringing among scam-artists and carnies. The now-defunct Numb3rs featured FBI special agent Don Eppes, who relied on his mathematical genius brother Charlie to sort out the probabilities of criminal actions.
Last on my short list is… The Blacklist. This show is, by far, one of the darker entries, as Red Reddington–the ultimate bad guy’s bad guy–supplies the FBI with the names of the world’s most devious villains. Red doesn’t rat out the underworld’s finest out of the goodness of his heart; he has his own dark agenda.
While I enjoy the cop-buddy angle, I think it’s about reached its peak. These particular shows are creative, thought provoking and entertaining, but it’s only a matter of time before TV crime writers create new scenarios to stimulate our imaginations. Let’s see… How about android cop? Oh, wait. Almost Human has that covered. Computer-enhanced Fed-operative? Ah. Intelligence. A small town sheriff who manifests a supernatural “trouble?” Yep, Haven. Can you come up with something new?
And yes, I know I’ve left out hundreds of great crime episodics. Feel free to comment with your favorite!
Hello all! I’m so excited to be a part of Lady Amber’s Author Blog Hop!! So glad you stopped by. I know you have a lot of blogs to visit, so I’ll make this stop brief and fun. I guess the whole point is to make new friends, find new authors and new readers, and win great prizes! So here goes.
Introduction, please! My name is Anne Carter but you might sometimes see me as Pam Ripling. Yup, another author with two names, who writes in more than one genre. But today we are talking about mystery and romance, two of my favorite topics. I write about unsolved mysteries of the past, lighthouses, and those proverbial restless spirits. I write about stardom and love triangles. Most recently, I’ve delved into challenges with regard to love & sexuality (oooh…) in my new release Unmasking Paulie Bingham and its sequel, For the Love of Katrina Bingham, due out September 1st. (You can see all these books to the right on my Goodreads list!)
But what’s in it for you, you ask? Free copies! The prizes:
1 – “E-Boxed set” of the Beacon Street Mysteries (Point Surrender and Cape Seduction) in the format of your choice
1 – “E-Boxed set” of the StarCrossed Romances (StarCrossed Hearts and A Hero’s Promise) in the format of your choice
1 – “E-Boxed set” of the Paulie & Kate Books (titles above) in the format of your choice
1 – $25.00 Amazon Gift Card!
Enter the giveaway here!!! Just take a deep breath, fill out the answers, sigh and get ready for your next stop. OR… take a look around Beacon Street for a minute or too, explore the books and reviews and other fun stuff! Winners are chosen at random.
Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by! Now check out the next stop, and have fun! And if you haven’t already, check out Lady Amber’s own fab stop. Good luck!
Going to the festival as a book reader? I have tips for you, too!!! Because really, we authors are also readers. We escape the booth and walk around looking at all the wonderful books as far as we can see. We struggle, because we need to be behind the table talking up our own books but we want to be out there admiring, thumbing through, turning over and plopping down the plastic for other peoples’ books.
So here’s how you do this. With a little preparation, you’ll have a great time and come home with exquisite reading material:
Arrive early. Parking is… a little challenging. There are buses, too, so if you take the time to do a little research, it could pay off royally. Driving down to USC from… uh… anywhere can be daunting, so know where you’re going before you get behind the wheel. Parking is $10.00.
Bring sustenance. Food is… a little expensive. April is normally warm, so bring bottled water and sunscreen. Hats are good.
Dress for comfort. Layer your clothes if the weather warrants. Walking shoes are a must.
Budget. Think about how much you want to spend, and expect to spend twice that much. Honestly, it happens! And while you’re thinking about how many books you’ll be toting home, also figure out how you’ll carry them. Some book devourers drag along those folding shopping carts. Others bring wheeled suitcases. Backpacks work, too. Booksellers may or may not have shopping bags.
Money! Bring some cash for those few vendors who are living in the dark ages. Most will take checks, and more are now accepting credit cards.
Get a map, so that you can mark booths you intend to return to. Better yet, buy the darned book when you see it the first time. And get it autographed!
Most important: Come meet the authors of MURDER, WE WROTE! Booth number will be coming soon.
Keep up with our plans by visiting our Facebook page!
For those of you into shorticons and abbreviations, this alphabet soup is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California. (Whew; see why we shorten it?)
This will be my sixth or seventh year at this crazy, fabulous book event. With the popularity of small press and the influx of indie author/publishers, it’s a great place to pool resources in order to get in the door of an otherwise very pricey venue. This year, there will be NINE of us in the MURDER, WE WROTE booths, hawking all kinds of mysteries.
Authors: Going to exhibit for the first time? Here are some tips to help you prepare for the weekend!
- Promote in advance. Let people know, via blog, Facebook, Twitter—all the usual places—that you’re be there rubbing literary shoulders with such greats as [last year] Joseph Wambaugh, Anne Perry, Lee Goldberg, Gary Phillips, to name of few. When you get your booth number, broadcast it.
- Acquire giveaways. Pens, bookmarks, notepads, any number of small, inexpensive promo items you can easily get into readers’ hands. Look for things that might tie in to your book(s).
- Get a couple of cheap bookstands – Michael’s or even Wal-Mart has small stands that are sometimes sold as plate stands. Arrange your books attractively; go out in front and look at your spot, make sure it’s not so busy your visitors will go cross-eyed trying to see it all.
- Think about money: will you accept checks? Cash? You’ll need change for those first few buyers who hand you a $20.00. Credit Card? Check out “The Square” or “GoPayment” online for details on small card devices that will attach to your smart phone.
- Dress the part. You are not a visitor, a student, a street bum; look how you would expect a professional author to look. Promo t-shirt is okay, or even dressing as one of your characters. Inspire conversation!
Keep up with our plans by visiting our Facebook page!
Next up: How to survive the event and even make money!
Today I renewed my vow to raise a bunch of money for the American Cancer Society. I’m ready to hit the ground running! Team Check ‘Em Out is poised to break our record this year by building our team, trying new ways to fundraise, restaurant nights, dessert sales, percentage donations, and good old fashioned bowling-alley-panhandling! Hey, we’re not proud!
Well, actually, we are. We have a great team of dedicated, passionate and motivated members, each with a personal reason to fight this horrendous disease. Sadly, our Reasons to Relay still grow with each coming year, but we remain confident that our efforts will be rewarded someday.
Planning will soon begin for our SIXTH ANNUAL wine tasting,
POP A CORK FOR A CURE!
This awesome event will be held in early May, date TBD — but you can bet we’ll let you know. In the meantime, I’m humbly accepting donations at my Relay page. Donations of $100 or more will get you an autographed copy of my latest book–but I’d take just your Starbuck’s money for a couple of weeks, too!
Who’s with me?