Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (Wellcome)
The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.
Forensics uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine, drawi
I highly suggest this book to anyone that enjoys true crime!
In "Forensics" popular mystery writer Val McDermid outlines the development of modern forensics (scientific analysis of evidence) - a discipline that has literally made it much harder to 'get away with murder.' Rudimentary forensic investigations began long ago: a Chinese coroner's handbook from the 1200s records the story of a murderer caught when flies were attracted to traces of blood on his scythe. Nevertheless, it's likely that many criminals went undiscovered before modern inve ...more
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The most interesting aspect of this book is that there are no black-and-white, hard-and-fast rules. Every ...more
Scottish author, Val McDermid, may be best known for her gritty crime fiction. Her latest work, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime seems a perfect match. As a fan of fiction thrillers, crime fiction and true crime, I was hooked from the get-go. If you think there's too much info ...more
This book covers a lot of the different types of science and technology and just pure experience that aids forensic investigators in their work, as well as the his ...more
This was an interesting read, full of facts, about the history of forensics.
I enjoyed it, but I felt it was a little formulaic in that every chapter seemed to follow the same formula. So each chapter was history, examples and interviews with a professional working in the field. I enjoyed reading about the different cases and how the criminals were caught, and I think that I would have liked more of that.
I did like the writing. It's easy to see why this author is so successful ...more
A really interesting in-depth look at how fields of forensic investigation have progressed. The author uses many examples of real life cases that were cracked because of information developed by crime scene techs. Although she does a good job of explaining the science in layman's terms, I'd recommend this only for those with a very keen interest as it can be quite dry at times.
My favourite sections were historical cases from the 19th century when the science was in its infancy & rad ...more
I never knew that reading about maggots and the life cycle of a fly, types of flies and how that can tell you how long a corpse has been dead for could be so bloody exciting! (Don't eat whilst ...more
The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, who they are, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Through forensic medicine, a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair can reveal the secrets that hold the truth and allow justice to be done. But how much do we really understand about forensics? What is it like to be a SCO (Scene of Crime Operative)? Attend an autopsy? Where did it come from? Ho ...more
“Murder is not a replicable experiment. Every one is unique.” --Val TomlinsonWhen I saw a book on forensics written by Val McDermid on Netgalley, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Given the talent for viscerally creepy psychological thrillers that McDermid has displayed in her Tony Hill novels, I was excited to see what she would make of nonfiction.
Forensics is as riveting as I had anticipated. McDermid isn’t just a talented writer; she also does her research. In this book, she proves it. ...more
"The story of forensic science, of that road from crime scene to courtroom, is the stuff of thousands of crime novels."
Val McDermid is the bestselling crime fiction author of more than thirty novels, including her popular series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill and Detective Inspector Carol Jordan. In Forensics, Val McDermid pays homage to the science that informs her work.
Drawing on interviews with leading forensic scientists about the history, practice and future of their varied discipli ...more
I hope this will not be the last foray into non-fiction by McDermid.
In Forensics, she explains many (if not all) of the common ways forensic investigators focus their work. Some examine bugs, while others look at the way fires burn. Still others rebuild faces onto skulls, examine DNA found at the crime scene, or analyze contents of organs and bodily fluids.
of that road from crime scene to courtroom, is the stuff of thousands of crime novels. The application of science to the s ...more
This book was really interesting, but I wasn't blown away. The writing itself was very average and each chapter was really formulaic, but the information was intriguing enough to keep me reading regardless. I wish it could have went into a little more depth into the subject of each chapter itself, and had a little less case examples. I'm glad we got real world examples, but the general information to case ratio was a bit more skewed than I would have hoped.
Overall though an enjoyable ...more
There are plenty of other books on forensics that are a lot better, many of which are named in the book as sources. I would recommend reading those instead of this book.
If you are interested in forensics, I think you'll really enjoy this book.
It sets out in each chapter, a different aspect of forensic science, from fingerprinting to DNA and blood splatter to forensic psychology.
Each chapter uses examples of real life crime cases, some very old and some much more recent to illustrate how that area has developed and bought prosecutors to life.
It doesn't go into too much detail about ea ...more
I understand the author is largely known for her crime fiction work, although her knowledge of the science that underpins it is thorough and a great example ...more
The book is divided according to the disciplines that make up Forensics: from entomology to forensic psychology passing by the sexy fingerprinting and DNA profiling. Each discipline is presented with a historic overview of its development including, whenever possible, a matching first case where it was utilized. Scientific explanation is also there for how exactly fingerprinting works, or how are poisons identified in the body.
What I liked most though are the landmark c ...more
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She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the recipient of the CWA Cart ...more