Staying in with Paul Rimmasch

Anyone who knows me also knows I am a complete wimp and don’t read anything that might scare me. As a result I have asked Paul Rimmasch to stay in with me to tell me about one of his books to see if he can change my mind and encourage me to be afraid!

Staying in with Paul Rimmasch

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Paul and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

I brought my new book, Fingerprints and Phantoms: True Tales of Law Enforcement Encounters with the Paranormal and the Strange. I chose this book because it is an ideal summer read. The anthology format makes it perfect for quick literary snacks between dips at the pool. The chilling stories it contains are impeccably suited for sharing on those long summer nights on the patio or around the campfire.

(Ah. The pool I can deal with. Chilling stories might take a bit more persuasion!)

What can we expect from an evening in with Fingerprints and Phantoms: True Tales of Law Enforcement Encounters with the Paranormal and the Strange?

The reader can expect a collection of creepy and/or strange stories that have happened to myself or other law enforcement professionals. The chapters also include a healthy dose of law enforcement insider talk. As one reviewer on Amazon put it, “An excellent collection of paranormal stories that leave you inching a little closer to the light as you turn each page. This book was a perfect mix of terror, intrigue and a touch of humor.”

(Eek! Terror you say? I think Fingerprints and Phantoms sounds brilliant. I might just have to brace myself and dive in…)

What else have you brought along and why? 


I have brought with me a picture of my trusty magnetic fingerprint powder brush in action. This tool has been with me through many years of looking for “fingerprints” and had probably seen its share of “phantoms” along the way!

That looks amazing! Thanks so much for staying in with me this evening Paul. I’m still not entirely convinced I’m brave enough to read all of Fingerprints and Phantoms: True Tales of Law Enforcement Encounters with the Paranormal and the Strange, but I’ll give it a go!

Fingerprints and Phantoms:

True Tales of Law Enforcement Encounters with the Paranormal and the Strange

In a profession dominated by logic, law, evidence, and science, are there some things you can’t explain?

Join a veteran crime scene investigator exploring 26 chilling experiences spanning two decades. His true stories will leave you wondering if it is a criminal, or something else, going bump in the night.

Meet a young girl who receives a visit from her mother…the day after her mother is murdered.

Find out whether spirits follow those investigating their deaths home . . . and then stay.

Discover whether it is possible for someone who is not dead to be haunting his own office, and investigate a child’s toy telephone acting as a link to the other side.

Can you believe in something incredible?

This collection of strange and frightening tales is perfect for any campfire experience!

Fingerprints and Phantoms: True Tales of Law Enforcement Encounters with the Paranormal and the Strange is published by Schiffer Books and is available for purchase here.

About Paul Rimmasch


Paul Rimmasch graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science and a minor in Photography. He has worked as a crime scene investigator for Weber-Metro CSI for the past 19 years and is a three-time recipient of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Merit. Paul has certifications through The International Association for Investigations in latent fingerprint examination and forensic photography.

Paul’s first novel, The Lost Stones, was published in 2011, followed by a sequel The Lost Mine in 2015. Paul has also published scientific papers in The Journal of Forensic Identification and Ancient American magazine, and is also a contributing writer to He is an adjunct professor at Weber State University and is active in the training of law enforcement officers and crime scene investigators.

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