After about 3 years I haven't played Sleuth I came back (Mafia Wars bores me, apparently).
I have 2 questions:
1. Where can I see a true skills table? The table published in Help is apparently wrong - it says that stress detection should cost 7 SP although in reality it costs 5 SP.
2. I'm a tough and charming detective.
Judge of Character
What should I take next? I'm thinking about intimidation.
How much effect does intermediate sweet talking/interrogation have?
There will come a point where you will not be able to get much more than an alibi, a list of motives, and one or two additional question out of your suspects. If you are depending on the witness evidence instead of physical evidence to help catch your killer, you are probably going to run into a lot of problems.
When you are able to find all the pieces of evidence, and further, able to tell if a hair is straight or curly, if a footprint belongs to a heavy or slim suspect, if a letter was written by someone left- or right-handed... all those things will help you to cut down your suspect list.
As far as physical evidence skills, you should probably make advanced thread analysis your very last skill taken, since you actually don't need it, having the tailor contact. But the other basic and advanced physical evidence skills will become, if they aren't already, extremely important to have.
You're totally right !
For now I'm hesitating between the hair analysis Irene recommended, and the foot analysis. I think my rank for now is:
1. Hair analysis (New skill)
2. Foot analysis (The shoemaker is a man)
3,4: Advanced hair analysis, Handwriting analysis (The barber and the banker are women, easier to presuade).