In the new issue of Mystery Scene, Jon Breen calls Books, Crooks & Counselors “a legal equivalent to D.P. Lyle’s books on medical issues in mysteries,” and says “[t]horough, well-organized, and authoritative, this excellent reference also has touches of humor.”
A novelist as well as an Edgar-winning critic, Breen particularly likes my favorite lawyer joke: “Did you hear the one about the lawyer who quit his practice to wrote a novel, because he wanted to make a lot of money?”
Thanks, Mystery Scene and Jon Breen!
Another lovely review to share, from the Ridge Writers (the East Sierra branch of the California Writers Club) and the Ridgecrest, California News Review.
The Bigfork Eagle reports on my Agatha win, and Bellaonline gives Books, Crooks and Counselors a lovely review!
What a thrill to open the May issue of The Writer and find a rave review of Books, Crooks & Counselors! The review isn’t on line, so I hope you’ll search out a copy — or better yet, a copy of the book!
Virtual champagne for all!
The first professional review of Books, Crooks and Counselors is in, and I couldn’t be happier! From the starred review in Library Journal, Dec 15:
“Budewitz, an attorney-at-law who has been published in mystery magazines, wrote this book to help crime writers wade through the time-consuming and often confusing process of legal research. She provides an insider’s perspective on often overlooked legal concepts and pinpoints common errors writers make when incorporating criminal and civil law into their fiction. The book covers 160 topics, including proper legal terminology, realistic courtroom behavior and dialog, proper procedure (both at the state and at the federal level), and the legal system as a whole. The frequently asked questions featured in each chapter are also arranged by topic within the table of contents, enabling readers to pick and choose the legal aspects most relevant to their writing. The final chapter offers guidance on conducting legal research, and the “Book Links” section references useful URLs listed throughout.
VERDICT: Budewitz’s material is straightforward and user-friendly. Her content will help shave off hours of research time and enable writers to focus more energy on craft, plot, and character development. Highly recommended for aspiring writers of crime fiction.”