What They Are Saying


“If TV won’t help and the cops blow you off,  who’re you gonna call? Joe of course!”
The Oregonian, Portland State University Haystack Writers Conference

“Aww, write it right, willya? This Detective help authors make their crimes read real.”
The Washington Post


“One of the good guys and really knows his forensics.”
Sue Grafton, best-selling author, Book Passage Annual Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, California

“Arms authors with the knowledge to create plausible plots.” 
The Express Times


“The presentation ‘Whodunit’ has been a hit at writers conferences across the nation.”

Bouchercon 1997 World Mystery Convention

“With this book, it’s ‘Howdunit’ not whodunit!”cwc-logo1
Journal Inquirer

“If you’re going to write a damn good mystery, you’ve got to hear what this gritty cop has to say. He’s riviting!”

James N. Frey, best-selling author of “How to Write a Damn Good Novel”

“The hit of our conference!”
Nancy Elliott, Assistant Director,
California Writers Club Conference, Asilomar, California

“Amazing forensic presentation!”
Central New Jersey MENSA,  Annual Snowball Conference


“Book writing Detective takes the mystery out of crime.”
Asbury Park Press

“A great presentation on forensics, our attendees loved it.”
New Jersey Romance Writers Conference, Somerset, New Jersey

“Modus Operandi is a crime handbook for novelists or TV scriptwriters in the interest of authenticity.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Everyone who attended said the information was invaluable.”
Novelists, Inc., Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas


“Personable, approachable and extremely knowledgeable.”
News 12 New Jersey ‘Jersey’s  Talking’ with Lee Leonard

“If you want to give your attendees a glimpse behind the sealed doors of a crime scene, bring in Paglino. His huge collection of slides and exciting lecture will lead you through the maze of murder and forensics. As one of the directors for the 1995 California Writers Club Conference, I can’t sing his praise loud enough. Bring him on board, lower the lights, and sit back while Joe demystifies the mystery of writing mysteries!”
Nancy Elliot, Conference Co-Director, California Writers Club Conference


“His presentation and highly instructive program was the hit of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.”
Barnaby Conrad, best-selling author and Chair, Santa Barbara Writers Conference

“Having experienced one of his multi-faceted presentations, and because of my own past professional and academic credentials in the criminology field, I can attest to his authenticity, diversity and skill as a speaker.”
Laura Taylor, best-selling romance author and multiple winner of the Maggie Award


“Your contribution to this conference helped to make it the success it was. On evaluation after evaluation the attendees mentioned that this was the best forensics presentation that they had ever seen.”
Luisa Smith, Conference Director, Book Passage Annual Mystery Writers Conference, Corte Madera, California


“What can I say but he is the best and so will your writing be if you follow his advice.”
JoAnn Ross, best-selling romance author


“The best we have ever had! The double length presentation was incredible.”
Greater Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Annual Writers Conference

“Amazing knowledge of crimes and crime scenes and energy to keep you on the edge of your seat! A must for all writers.”
Penny Warner, best-selling author


“If you set out to write a crime novel, you better get the facts right. Armchair detectives may not commit many crimes, but they can spot the holes in a plot quicker than you can say, “Dick Francis.” The author of this unique writer’s guide MODUS OPERANDI is a New Jersey police detective, and he provides an overview of virtually every type of crime that readers are likely to encounter in mystery. If you want to see your name on the title page of a crime novel, it’s essential fiction.”

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