Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

forensicsI told y’all I’m on a True Crime kick. This was another of my library selections, a non-fiction book which isn’t usually my thing. However, I loved every second of this book, as it gave not only a behind-the-scenes look at what forensic investigators do and how they do it, but examples from real cases of how their specialties come into play.

The author is English so most of the cases she references are from Great Britain. There are a few American cases sprinkled in, including a brief mention of the O.J. Simpson trial toward the end. But, most of the cases I had never heard of. Jack the Ripper, of course, is probably the most famous case mentioned in the book, but it’s brought up mainly to point out that if some of the forensic techniques of today existed back then, the Ripper may have been brought to justice.

If you’re not a true crime geek like me, then this might not be your bag. But if you want to know more about the various disciplines of forensics and their applications in real crimes, then this is a great read.

On to my next true crime book, and then I may give it a rest for a while and go back to fiction…

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