Mystery Monday – The Cold Case Center, guess which bestseller uses it?

Sorry this is a day late. I was experiencing a “Migraine Monday” yesterday. Man, do those things hurt. Anyway, here’s the Mystery Monday post a day late…

As I’m sure all you writers have out there, I have been asked more than once, “Where do you get your book ideas from?” For me, it continues to be a mix of the good old-fashioned newspaper, TV police shows and the internet. For a new book that I’m researching, I am looking into how a certain cold case that one investigator could never let go might finally be solved, and how that affects him. So, I googled “cold case” and came across this site called the Cold Case Center :  On it, there is a listing of cold case and missing person sites from all 50 states, Canada, and Interpol.

As I fooled with it, I stumbled upon the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department website on their “Jane Doe” case  Not only does it tell how a FBI Forensic Reconstruction Artist was brought in to create a rendition of Jane Doe’s appearance, but  best-selling author Sue Grafton based her novel, “Q” Is For Quarry, on the SBSD’s investigation into the murder.

What kind of information will you find at the Cold Case Center? Better yet, if you find something, let the rest of us know how it might inspire your writing. To the keyboards!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author. Bestselling author Sandra Brown recently had this to say about Mark’s latest novel, The Brink: “[The Brink] is a hell of a read. The chemistry between [the main characters] Danny and Sydney is terrific. The action sequences were heart-pounding!” Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at

The Brink is now available as an eBook for Kindle  and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!


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