The retired police officer is now writing a murder mystery

The retired police officer is now writing a murder mystery


A retired local police officer is now writing a murder mystery.

Tim Shannon of Brownstown Township, formerly of Ypsilanti, recently published his first book, “A2 Death Nail: The Murphy Mysteries.” A book-signing will be held this spring at Bridgewater by Dale Webb in Brownstown Township.

“The book parallels much of the time I spent investigating crimes at the University of Michigan Police and my network of contacts with both local, state and federal police agencies in solving crimes,” Shannon said.

“A2 Death Nail” is 148 pages and is a self-published fictional murder mystery set in the Hill Auditorium on the UM campus in Ann Arbor, at the height of the fall symphony season. Veteran Detective Sergeant Tim Murphy is assigned to investigate the murder of a patron in a restroom.

“Murphy follows leads across southeast Michigan, uncovering a larger web of crimes and motives behind murders and solving murders. There’s actually a quiz at the end of the book,” Shannon said.

His career inspired the book.

“(The book) is fiction, yet gives the reader an inside look at my career in police work. My inspiration for the book came from the satisfaction of police work and the hardships of policing in a highly political and sensitive cultural location,” says Shannon. “I also wanted to showcase the friendships I had formed with my fellow officers, some of whom had written real-life crime books about real events they worked on. I chose fiction using many real crimes, locations and people, but I wanted to protect their identities and what happened. It proved to be good mental health therapy, as I worked through the more gruesome aspects of police work, such as death, autopsies and the sights, sounds and smells.”

“A2 Death Knell” is available through Amazon for $14.99 in paperback and $7.99 as an e-book.

“I have sold around 50 books so far. I wrote about 30 pages into the sequel to the first book with the same character Tim Murphy,” said Shannon. “‘The Murphy Mysteries, Book II’ is a non-fiction account of what I investigated as a policeman.”

He hopes to publish a collection of 1861-63 letters and comments from a Michigan ancestor named Riley Kent who wrote to a relative in New York.

“He was a foot soldier in the Michigan 4th Infantry who fought in the American Civil War. It said, ‘Hell I was there,'” Shannon said.

Shannon began his police career as a patrolman in South Lyon and later worked for the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety, where he retired as a sergeant. He spent 20 years conducting criminal investigations and was a hostage negotiator.

During her police career, Shannon taught a strategic communications course for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. He also taught classes at the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy for 10 years and was a debriefer for the Washtenaw County Critical Incident Stress Management Team for nearly 20 years. After retirement, she was a private investigator for two years before entering the mental health profession. She is currently a state licensed mental health therapist.

This article originally appeared in The Monroe News: The retired police officer is now writing a murder mystery

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