I love those Dummies books. Because ironically they don’t make you feel like a dummy. They are written in plain English and very entertainment with Historical Facts and True Cases. The latest I read, Forensics for Dummies by D.P. Lyle M.D. was recommended by Allison Brennan, she said it was a great start to at least get the basics right in writing a romantic suspense or suspense thriller.
I’m working on a thriller right now and this book is irreplaceable along with the great yahoogroups. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/crimescenewriter/