I'm forever grateful for all of the crime fiction bloggers out there who work tirelessly to promote the genre, authors, reading, etc., but since since part of the raison d'etre of this particular blog is to provide reference materials for writers and readers of crime fiction, I thought I'd point out a few blogs that are especially helpful with "insider" information:
Lee Lofland is a veteran police investigator and author himself, whose Graveyard Shift blog is a wonderful resource for topics like police procedures and death investigation. Lee is also the organizer of the Writers' Police Academy which was just held in North Carolina.
Author Terry O'Dell was a participant in the recent Academy, and wrote up her experiences in four parts (Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four). Hopefully, Lee will be holding another of these events next year, so keep an eye out for dates and registration info on Lee's site.
D.P. Lyle is a doctor of cardiology and a consultant to authors and TV shows about getting medical details and forensic right in your stories. His Writer's Forensics Blog is a wealth of information, and if you want to learn more about corpse identification, DNA, poisons and drugs, you should start there.
Guns, Gams and Gumshoes is a terrific blog if you're writing private eye fiction. It's the brainchild of authors and P.I.'s Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman.
Mark Young is also a former law enforcement officer (and ex-Marine) who turned his hand to writing. His Hook 'Em and Book 'Em blog has a variety of crime-related topics, such as his recent two-part look into terrorism with Fred Burton, a former counterterrorism agent.
The Women in Crime Ink blog features authors who are also attorneys, officers, and forensics experts. As you might imagine with that variety of backgrounds, the topics are also varied, including this week's post with Michael Street, the "Sketch Cop."