Ask a Cop at June Meeting

Retired police officer Tim Jones answered audience members' questions about the particulars of homicide investigation.

Retired police officer Tim Jones will answer questions about the particulars of police work and homicide investigations.

If you want to write about cops and killers, you need to get your facts straight. Join us on Monday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m., when we welcome Mystery by the Sea member and retired police officer Tim Jones as a guest speaker. Tim will answer all of your most urgent questions about police work and homicide investigations.

(Please note: Our June meeting will NOT be held at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake. Instead, we will be meeting at 805 Live Oak Drive, Suite 104, Chesapeake, VA 23320.)

Tim, a recently retired Virginia Beach Police Department homicide detective, has 27 years of law enforcement experience, 25 of which were in Virginia. While serving with the Chesapeake Police Department, he spent one year in Uniform Patrol, three in the Warrant/Fugitive Unit, three in Crimes Against Persons, three in Vice and Narcotics, and one year undercover. He served three years as a special agent (primarily undercover) for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. During his last 12 years he was a Virginia Beach Police Department Investigator and worked at the Training Academy, Robbery Squad, and Homicide Unit.

During Tim’s career he was recognized by several Virginia Circuit Courts as an expert in narcotics investigations, crime scene investigations, gangs, human trafficking, murder for hire, and medico-legal death investigations. His extensive investigative and undercover experience has enabled him to be a consultant for various crime shows including The New Detectives, The ProsecutorsThe FBI Files, and The Wire. Tim has also taught at numerous police academies across the state of Virginia. He holds a B.S. in sociology. Currently he is working on some ideas for screenplays.

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Virginia Beach Publisher to Speak at May Meeting

John Koehler (Courtesy photo)

John Koehler (Courtesy photo)

We are pleased to announce that John Koehler, president and publisher of Koehler Books in Virginia Beach, will speak at our May meeting, to be held Monday, May 9, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake. John will answer questions and offer insight about publishing trends and author duties after publication.

In John’s own words: “I plan on coming to tell the amazing writers of Sisters in Crime the SECRET UNTOLD REASON FOR BOOK SUCCESS:

Write a great book!

Boom. That’s all folks. All done….

Oh, and then all the other stuff they want to know about marketing and promotion, distribution, when it is okay to self-publish, why are publicists so !@#@!! expensive, what exactly a publisher DOES, why you only see one shoe on the side of the road, and many more compelling subjects.”

John is the founder of Koehler Books and runs the company’s day-to-day operations. He earned a BFA in Communications Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended graduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

John’s professional career includes being senior art director of a major advertising agency and running a design studio. He is an award-winning graphics designer and the author of five books.

John lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is active in his church. He has helped run a ministry dedicated to helping children with disabilities, a cause to which he is still very much dedicated. John made an international splash in 1991 by winning the Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia, and was a member of the Foster’s Boomerang 2000 Team, a touring troop that taught professional athletes and others the gospel of boomerangs.

Scenes from Slover Library

 Authors from Mystery by the Sea, along with "sisters" from the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime were part of a writers panel on March 12 at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk. The topic the panel addressed was "Writing short stories versus novels."


Authors from Mystery by the Sea, along with “sisters” from the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime, were part of a writers panel on March 12 at Slover Library in downtown Norfolk. The topic the panel addressed was “Writing short stories versus novels.” (Photo by Ken Wingate)

 

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Yvonne Saxon

Yvonne SaxonYvonne Saxon will be helping to present The History of the Mystery at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19.

Yvonne lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with her family and the cat.  A former English and history teacher, her love of books led her into a high school librarian’s position, then into writing. When not homeschooling her son, she’s writing mysteries and drinking lots of coffee at her local coffee shop. Yvonne has published short stories in Virginia is for Mysteries and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II.

 

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Tim Jones

Tim JonesTim Jones, recently retired Virginia Beach Police Department homicide detective, will speak at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19 and share with the audience how homicide cases are investigated.

Tim has 27 years of law enforcement experience, 25 of which were in Virginia. While serving with the Chesapeake Police Department, he spent one year in Uniform Patrol, three in the Warrant/Fugitive Unit, three in Crimes Against Persons, three in Vice and Narcotics, and one year undercover. He served three years as a special agent (primarily undercover) for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. During his last 12 years he was a Virginia Beach Police Department Investigator and worked at the Training Academy, Robbery Squad, and Homicide Unit.

During Tim’s career he was recognized by several Virginia Circuit Courts as an expert in narcotics investigations, crime scene investigations, gangs, human trafficking, murder for hire, and medico-legal death investigations. His extensive investigative and undercover experience has enabled him to be a consultant for various crime shows including The New Detectives, The ProsecutorsThe FBI Files, and The Wire. Tim has also taught at numerous police academies across the state of Virginia. He holds a B.S. in sociology. Currently he is working on some ideas for screenplays.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Mike Owens

Mike OwensMike Owens, author of The End of Free Will and The Threshold will appear at Coastal Crime Fest 3 on March 19 to speak about the craft of managing psychic distance in your writing.

Mike was born in a small town in North Carolina, Winston-Salem being the closest identifiable landmark. He claims to bleed Tar Heel blue, having received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from UNC Chapel Hill. He topped off his educational efforts with an MFA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion in 2011. Mike lives in Norfolk with his wife, Marilyn, and their dog, Molly, a highly critical 11-year old Weimaraner. His written works explore the often-contentious interaction between medical science and medical ethics.

Meet Coastal Crime Fest 3 Speaker Jayne Ormerod

Jayne Ormerod, right, goes over the keys to great mystery writing, as modeled by Jane Bones.

Jayne Ormerod, right, goes over the keys to great mystery writing, as modeled by Jane Bones.

Jayne Ormerod is the author of two cozy mysteries, The Blond Leading the Blond and Blond Faith. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Virginia is for Mysteries, Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II, Chesapeake Crimes 3, and By the Bay: East Beach Stories. She also wrote an e-novella titled Behind the Blue Door: 230 Periwinkle Place.

This year at Coastal Crime Fest Jayne will be helping to present The History of the Mystery.

Jayne writes what she knows—small towns (influenced by her childhood growing up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and beach settings (a result of 30 years as a navy spouse, always living within a flip-flop’s throw of the ocean.) Thanks to a youth spent reading Nancy Drew and an adulthood devouring the words of Janet Evanovich, Mary Daheim, and Lillian Jackson Braun, she can now write about amateur sleuths, exploding cars, and dead bodies with a modicum of authority. Jayne also runs Bay Breeze Publishing. Visit her online at http://www.jayneormerod.com.