Detective and Crime Novel Editors

Carly Cantor

Carly Cantor

Developmental Editing, Manuscript Evaluations and Critiques, Manuscript Assessment Services, Ghostwriting

200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors

CARLY CANTOR is a published author and publishing industry veteran who worked for several years as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles every year on a variety of nonfiction subjects, mostly in the areas of current events, how-to, and pop culture. She is currently a meticulous, hands-on independent editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. Her extensive experience includes critiquing and development editing of fiction and nonfiction projects.

Karin Graham

Karin Graham

Developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a background in criminal law and academics.

Karin Graham has a BA in comparative literature, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and a certificate in editing from the University of California Berkeley. If your novel has fight scenes or involves police procedures, forensics, CSI, or the law, Karin is your specialist.

Karin is a trained martial artist, with a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and years of training in hapkido. Karin is uniquely able to evaluate the realism of your fight scenes. She has accompanied police on search warrants, observed autopsies, and been to countless crime scenes. She has training in arson prosecution and investigations and has given lectures to investigators on the subject of search and seizure law and to college students about the insanity defense. She can help add realism to your writing.

She has listened to the words and voices of people from all walks of life, so she can assist you in making sure that your characters sound believable. This is important for fiction and for history. For the big picture, she edits nonfiction documents and crime novels for accuracy, coherence and effective storytelling. As a copy editor and proofreader, she’ll make sure that your manuscript is polished and professional, with correct and consistent spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation.

Published Writer: (selected titles)

“Guarding the Gates: Expert Witness Testimony after Daubert.” Ed. Kitaeff, J. Malingering, Lies and Junk Science in the Courtroom. Cambria Press (2007).
“The Way to Brady is Through Sony; Procedures to more effectively utilize informant assistance,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 39, No. 3 (May/June 2005) 18.
“Vincent Bugliosi Speaks Out About Prosecuting Cases,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 6 (November/December 2004) 22.
“Using the Elliot Ness Strategy against International Terrorists,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 5 (September/October 2004) 13.
“Creative Prosecution: Turn Losing Cases into Winners,”The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 3 (May/June 2004) 22.
“The CSI Effect: Fake TV and Its Impact on Jurors in Criminal Cases,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 2 (March/April 2004) 9.
“Serial Killers, Hidden Murders: The Prosecution of Health Care Professionals Who Kill Patients,” The Prosecutor, Vol. 38, No. 1 (January/February 2004) 18.
“Footprints in the Snow: The Prosecution of Arson Crimes,” in The Prosecutor’s Deskbook, 3rd Ed., Ed. John E. Brigham. Virginia: American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (2001).


“She has an eye for detail to fix the typos and errors, but it was her professionalism, reliability, and honest feedback about my manuscript that I appreciated the most.”

“Karin is brilliant. I’m talking about her ability to pick out those little issues – a word, a plot point, all those things that are definitely ‘working’ but aren’t. Karin has a vast amount of knowledge to share and I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

“Karin’s vast knowledge and expertise was invaluable. Her work was punctual and thorough. I’m completely confident she made my manuscript the best it could be.”

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Caroline Hiley

Caroline Hiley

Fiction Editor and Proofreader

CAROLINE HILEY specializes in editing novels for independent authors and traditional publishers, including small press and Big Five. She also handles novellas, short stories, and memoirs.

From decades of experience as an editor, along with her experience as an award-winning novelist, Caroline understands the entire writing process from first draft to publication. She helps novice and seasoned authors prepare their novels for self- or traditional publishing, including help not only with storycraft and production but also book submission documents, such as queries and synopses.

Mystery, Detective
  • Old Fashioned: A Jack Daniels/Sojourning Souls Story, by Kevin Hallock. Crime novelette (Kindle Worlds 2017).
  • Facing Death, by Catyana Skory Falsetti. Book 1 in the Julia Rawson mystery series (Falsetti Publishing 2016).
  • Folded Dreams, by Michael Kent. Book 1 of the Lieutenant Beaudry detective series (Mezzo Publications 2014).
  • Tempest in a Teapot, by Amanda Cooper. Book 1 in the Teapot Collector mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2014).
  • Chili Con Carnage, by Kylie Logan. Book 1 in the Chili Cook-Off mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Idolmaker, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 3 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2013).
  • Malled to Death, by Laura DiSilverio. Book 3 in the Mall Cop mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Safe From Harm, by Stephanie Jaye Evans. Book 2 in the Sugar Land mystery series (Berkley Prime Crime 2013).
  • Fallen Angel, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 1 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2012/2013).
  • Nightshade, by Jonelle Patrick. Book 2 of the Only in Tokyo mystery series (Penguin/InterMix 2012/2013).


“I found Caroline to be wonderfully professional and very easy to work with. She delivered my manuscript on time and her edit went deeper than I expected. Her work helped to make my book everything I wanted it to be.”

“Caroline improved my work far beyond my expectations.”

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