|Mary Glynne is in the stable of authors published by Wolf
Pirate Publishing. Mary's book Lady of the Lake is an
excellent mystery / suspense book, that shows Mary's
expertise in police procedures and policies. Mary is a
strong writer that really dives you into the story and has
you gasping for air!
Click on the book image for more details about her book!
|When the crew of a commercial fishing trawler discovers a
body in a fifty-five-gallon drum in Lake Michigan, FBI
Special Agent Daniel Kleison is called in to determine the
jurisdiction of the crime. Evidence leads Agent Kleison to
suspect an unlikely and disturbing connection to an even
bigger conspiracy. He is joined by outside consultant
Elizabeth Brumer in his efforts to track down the suspects
before any more murders can occur. In the meantime,
strange phenomena take place that have everyone
wondering if the victim might not be the cause of miracles.
Who would you say has been your biggest influence?
My biggest inspiration is Patricia Cornwell. She has made great contributions toward increasing
literacy, which is key to what I intend to do with Wolf Pirate Publishing. The fact that she is also into
animal rescue strikes deep into the heart of me. But more so, her view of law enforcement in her
novels, as well as the efforts she's made toward the field of criminal justice in real life, parallel mine.
What is your all-time favorite book?
The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell. This mixes two of my loves in reading: police and medical
investigations. If I had to choose one of hers novel to say is my favorite, it would be the Last
How long does it normally take you to research a book?
My research doesn't take much time when I write in regards to general police procedure, since this is
my forte. Where I have to research is the differences in jurisdictional policies. I try to keep as true
to individual department procedures as I can, keeping in mind that someone from that department
might read the book and critique it. I find it a little disappointing to read a book myself where an
author doesn't write proper procedures, or relies on mainstream media to provide basis for
procedure. Other issues I don't know about, I'll do extensive research until I feel comfortable to
write about it. Since I'm more of an academician, I feel at home in resource materials.
What is on your Ipod now?
I don't have an iPod, but I have a CD collection. Clay Aikens, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Sinatra, Elvis,
Snow Patrol, Cold Play. A nice mix of yesterday and today.
Do you have any superstitions when you write, little quirks, etc?
No, I'm pretty well grounded. I have no superstitions, but I must have my scented oils burning close
by. I keep a small corner in my office that I call my zen garden, which I tend before I sit down to
If you could solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?
The one mystery I'd like to solve--that's a doosey. I guess, if I had to narrow it down to one, I'd like
to delve into the death of George Reeves. I like old mysteries where there's basically no chance of
solving it because everyone is either dead, senile, or unlocatable. Plus, evidence from that far back is
generally gone, and since their investigative techniques back then weren't very good, there lies the
If you could talk to any person, Alive or Dead, for one hour who would it be?
The one person I would love to speak to for an hour would be J. Edgar Hoover, with half a bottle of
scotch already in him. There should be a lot of interesting stories that might come out of him at
I love to hear stories from authors about their first published book, how did you get
I was lucky to have a relationship with the founder of the publishing company I am currently with.
She knew of my work in writing procedural manuals and approached me to edit for her. I told her I
wasn't very good at editing and declined the job. We got to speaking about my manuals and who I
had edit them. That led to a conversation of how I preferred to write fiction for leisure over dry
nonfictional manuals. I pitched a storyline to her that I was working on, and she took a look at it.
She was actually impressed with it. One of the editors she had worked on it to get all the
instructional tone out of it, and voila, Lady of the Lake was born.
What future plans can you tell us about?
My future plans involve bringing Agent Kleison back to finish the case he investigated in Lady of the
Lake. Readers of the book may or may not realize that there is a matter that wasn't taken care of,
but he mentions at the very end. It was actually too extensive to continue that thread with the first
book. It's the matter of the missing children. When I wrote LOTL, I had no idea what was going on
with the children, but I knew I had to wrap that up. Even when I started the second book, Children
of Lambs, I didn't know what the purpose of them was. But now that the book is done, I know.
When you are not writing, what do you do for fun?
I'm pretty slow with any intense physical activity or recreation. I'm more a stay-at-home
entertainment person. I'll swim, go out for walks in the park, read, and do puzzles. Not much
Our Exclusive Interview with Mary Glynne
|Mary Glynne in her own words:
With my extensive background in law enforcement training and preparation of manuals, I find it
increasingly important to impart some knowledge to writers so they can have a modicum of
understanding when it comes to police work. In honor of my new supporter, John, I’d like to start with
Writers who include law enforcement techniques in their stories find themselves in a quandary for how it
comes to depicting realism. For the most part, the general public doesn’t have a fair understanding of
fingerprint capability. They obtain a lot of their knowledge of evidence collection and viability from
Hollywood shows like CSI: Miami, New York, or wherever. These shows take literary license to a new
level. Much of what you see on these shows, and others like them, are bogus or exaggerated.
Fingerprint evidence is a very valuable tool. Fingerprints are specific identifiers to a single individual. No
two people have the same fingerprints. As such, collecting latent prints (lifting them from a print that
has been left behind), is a solid investigative and evidentiary tool. Unfortunately, collection of fingerprints
is limited. As is its evidentiary value for prosecution in court.
Collection: A fingerprint may only be collected if it has been left behind on a smooth, firm surface. The
surface area does not have to be dry or flat, but it cannot be gravelly, pebbled, meshed, porous, etc. A
fingerprint is left when the oils of the finger are transferred to an appropriate surface to hold it. If the
surface is excessively dirty, fingerprints may not take. However, a fingerprint may be imprinted into
something excessively filmed in grease or other molded substance. On the other hand, water does not
necessarily wash away a fingerprint, as in the case of condensation on a can of soda warming to room
temperature. Lacquered wood will hold a print, while untreated woods will not. Leather generally will not
reveal a fingerprint unless it has a vinyl-like, non-pebbled surface. Metals that are rusty are useless for
prints. Cloth is also worthless. Consider the surface where you want your print to appear. Some of
your best places to find fingerprints are glass, marble, lacquer, dishware, plastic, and even paper.
Many shows depict a case where a fingerprint is found on a human body. This is possible, but again, not
always likely. Consider the surface. The eyes, nails, and teeth can provide a nice fingerprint, or even a
shaved leg or scalp. It is doubtful a hairy leg, arm, or face will provide a good print. Nor will the top of a
tongue. Another place where you won’t be able to lift a print is where you would find someone else’s
own prints. In other words, fingerprints won’t be collected from the palm or underside of a victim’s
hands or feet. Consider the skin of the victim. Is it an elderly person who is excessively wrinkled? Or
someone with acne or acne scars. If it is necessary for the victim’s body to give up a print, place the
latent fingerprint in a likely place where it can be adequately collected. Which leads us to our next issue.
Another problem with collecting a valuable fingerprint is the points of identification. Collecting enough of
these points is necessary to make a match to a print in law enforcement data banks. If not enough of
these points are collected, the print is useless. So, again, the surface where the print is collected is
important. Enough of the fingerprint needs to have been left behind to make the identification. Ergo, if
the surface where the print is transferred has a round, edged, or irregular surface, not enough points
may have been transferred to the surface. Take, for instance, the shell casing of a bullet. Inevitably, a
print is left on a shell casing when a person loads the gun. But does enough of the whole print get
transferred on the rounded surface for there to be an identification? That is a matter of how the
ammunition was handled. Writers should experiment with this to see how much of their own fingers
would leave a print.
For the most part, retrieving a fingerprint from a gun is extremely difficult. Latents are discovered on a
gun less than twenty percent of the time. The value of recovering a gun used in the commission of a
crime is in other matters of identification, primarily ballistics.
Fingerprinting is also a misnomer, since palm prints are also lifted and stored for later identification in
solving crimes and identifying unknown victims and subjects. On the other hand, the feet, which have
prints themselves, are not generally taken for law enforcement purposes. In fact, a footprint is deemed
in a whole other manner.
Another caveat for writers in relying on fingerprint evidence is matching the print to a suspect. Not
everyone in the world—or even the United States—has been fingerprinted. Unless a suspect has been
arrested, is or has been in law enforcement or the military, or has been fingerprinted for a background
check in the past, there will be no fingerprints to match those lifted in latent collections. In that event,
the evidence will remain in limbo, awaiting the owner of those prints to be fingerprinted for one reason or
I hope this helps some in using fingerprint evidence in their writing. Again, I cannot stress enough that
education in matters of law enforcement techniques, tactics, and protocol should not come from
Hollywood. I would find it embarrassing to write a book with such egregious mistakes when my readers
are from the law enforcement community.