Books I Have Written

Over the coming years, a number of e-books specifically aimed at writers of all genres and researchers will be made available via this website and will be accessible from here.

My latest book is 235 Crime Fiction Prompts and Answers to 59 Frequently Asked Questions

This book is based around 59 of the most frequent questions I have been asked about the British police by novice and seasoned writers alike.  It has also led to 235 prompts to help develop your story, take it in different directions or to simply stir your creative juices.

You will find accurate and up to date information about crime and policing, along with 45 hyperlinks to help you research some of the answers more deeply or to find TV programs that may help immerse yourself in the real world of policing in the UK.

This book is split into five parts, each focussing on a different aspect of policing. 235 Prompts Cover

  • Section A concentrates on police officers
  • Section B explores general police incidents
  • Section C examines criminal investigations
  • Section D focuses on crime scenes and
  • Section E provides some general advice for writers.

You don’t need to read from the first page to the last, just dip in – dip out as and when you feel the need.

So why not treat yourself to 235 Crime Fiction Prompts and Answers to 59 Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to pass this information onto any of your friends or anyone else you think may be interested to hear about the availability of the book.

Published in July 2019 was A Writer’s Guide to Police Cells and Custody Procedures in the UK.

A Writer's Guide to Police Cells and Custody Procedures in the UK by [Robinson, Kevin N.]Do you find that not many stories or TV dramas spend much time in police cells?  Suspects simply tend to be arrested and interviewed before being released, appearing in court or going to prison.

Believe it or not, there is a whole lot more going on inside those police cells and therefore scope for a lot more to happen in your stories.  You could create or increase conflict between characters; sow information; provide back-story; add twists or simply complicate matters even more.

To help you learn about police cells, procedures and to lend your stories an air of authenticity that can only come from greater detail and inside knowledge, I have just released A Writer’s Guide to Police Cells and Custody Procedures in the UK.

Inside you will find chapters describing what a custody suite is, what it contains, along with who works and visits there.

You will also find out what happens to suspects as they enter custody, throughout their time in detention and how they are subsequently dealt with.

Within the 134 pages, there are at least 19 ideas of how you could use some of the information provided, along with links to 32 other resources freely available via the internet.


Published in August 2016 was A Writer’s Guide to Senior Police Investigators in the UK.

A Writer's Guide to Senior Investigating Police Officers in the UK by [Robinson, Kevin N.]Not many authors happen to have a close relationship with a police officer who has years of experience of policing in the UK that they can call upon to answer accurately and reliably, their troubling questions about the police, their policies and procedures.  That’s why  A Writer’s Guide to Senior Police Investigators in the UK will prove indispensable to those not in this position, who wish to bring authenticity and realism to the lead detective and senior investigators in their writing.

This book explains what a lead detective or Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) is; how a police officer becomes one; what experience and training they must have to even be allowed to apply for such a role; what 38 characteristics they are expected to exhibit and how they can demonstrate their capability in the role of the SIO.

You will find 27 specific ideas of how to take your stories forward and/or create conflict in them.  There are also hyperlinks to 79 websites or documents that you may find useful in building up your understanding of what a Senior Investigating Officer needs to know and apply during a major investigation.

Not only will this book provide you with details of how a police officer can become a Senior Investigating Officer but it can help with plotting your novel and creating twists and conflict along the way.

It’s crammed full of expert knowledge and advice that you can use to captivate your readers with compelling dialogue and narrative.

This is the perfect book for those writers wanting to create credible characters leading complex and serious crime investigations such as murder, so why not give it a go or have a look at the reviews available on Amazon if you are still undecided.
British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016 by [Robinson, Kevin N.]Published in March 2016 is the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016.  Not only have the links in the 2015 edition been checked and verified but over 70 pages of extra links have been added.  This now means that you have immediate access to contact details of the 72 police and other law enforcement agencies and departments; more than 350 manuals, documents and guides about the police, investigating crime and criminals; 85 websites that provide you with other exciting and useful information; 69 video clips to increase your understanding and knowledge about the police at work; 42 social media links that will keep you updated and informed, along with links to 85 books about the police, policing, crime and writing crime fiction that you will find invaluable.

Go down the traditional publishing route and you will find an editor telling you to get your policing facts checked out: go down the self publishing route and its down to your own self-discipline and professionalism.

You will find that most bestselling authors have conducted meticulous research or employed someone to do it for them.

Using this book, you will no longer find it difficult or time-consuming to locate the facts about the police in the UK, that you need for your novel.

You don’t need to spend time and effort tracking down a reliable source of information. You can free yourself from futile research.

You can save time wasted looking for facts you can trust and focus on what you do best – writing.

Treat yourself to the latest edition of the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers and turn yourself from a nervous, unsure novice to a confident, knowledgeable, professional author.

Published September 2015,  218 Facts a Writer Needs to Know About the Police is now available on Amazon. 218 Fact Cover So to get your very own copy click the title above or the picture of the cover to the right.

The book contains 40 story ideas based on 218 facts in 36 different areas  of policing, which will both educate and stimulate your creative inclinations.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • the organisation of the police
  • crime scene attendance, assessment and investigation
  • police intelligence work
  • police interviews
  • custody suite issues
  • the role of the Senior Investigating Officer

If you don’t want to make mistakes with your fiction and you don’t have a police adviser in your pocket or hanging at the end of a telephone call just dying to answer the question that you feel really stupid for having to ask, buy this book.  I’ve put it together to save you the time you’d have to spend conducting the research (even if you knew where to look in the first place) or having to flatter, coerce or bribe a police officer who has sufficient experience to provide you with accurate and up to date information along with a series of ideas for taking your story forward.

Use 218 Facts a Writer Needs to Know About the Police to make your stories realistic, to provide you with ideas you’d never thought of before and best of all, to prevent you from embarrassing yourself in front of your readers.

If you find any of these books useful, please let your friends and colleagues know about them and a positive review is always most welcome.  If however, you felt that any of the book failed to meet your expectations or you found a mistake or dead link, just drop me a line at “the(dot)writer(AT)” Don’t forget to swap the dot and AT for their respective characters.

Happy and informed reading.

From February 2015, the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers has become available via Amazon.  For a closer look at it or to buy a copy, please click on the cover below:

BPCD Cover

This new book has taken the Writers, Researchers and the Police, updated and greatly expanded it so that now includes not only details of how and whom to contact in each of the 71 (rather than 53) UK Police forces and associated Agencies and Government departments but also the following:

links to more than 200 manuals and documents that examine and describe how the police should prevent, investigate and detect crime and public disorder:

100 links to websites that every writer and researcher should know about and use:

where to find 37 authentic video clips describing ways in which the police really work and finally:

there is a list of 58 books about the police, policing, crime and writing crime fiction that writers and researchers may find useful.

There is no other directory like this in the world.


The first book to be released was in 2014 – Writers, Researchers and the Police

Writers, Researchers and the Police 2014 Cover

This book has now been withdrawn from sale due to it becoming outdated in parts but a big thank you to all those who did buy a copy and made such favourable comments about it.

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