Write your way around a crime scene with award-winning author and TV show consultant D.P. Lyle, M.D. who offers an insider’s view of each. Howdunit Forensics (Paperback). (sign in to rate). List price R Loot Price R Discovery Miles 3 You Save R66 (17%). Bookmark and Share. Supplier. Howdunit Forensics by D P Lyle – book cover, description, publication history.
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Just because you don’t have all the tools and training of a full-time medical examiner doesn’t mean you can’t learn your hoowdunit around a crime scene. In Forensicsaward-winning author and TV show consultant D. This comprehensive reference guide includes: Real-life case files and the role forensic evidence played in solving the crimes A breakdown of the forensics system from its history and organization to standard evidence classification and collection methods Detailed information on what a dead body can reveal–including the cause, mechanism, and manner of death The actual steps taken to preserve a crime scene and the evidence that can be gathered there, such as bloodstains, documents, fingerprints, tire impressions, and more Forensics is the ultimate howrunit for learning how to accurately imbue your stories with authentic details of untimely demises.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Forensicsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 02, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forensics” is a basic course in forensics. Though the subtitle says it’s a guide for writers, there’s a lot more information in it than an author could use in a novel without bogging the action down though I do highly recommend they read this!
It’s actually howdunnit book for anyone interested in learning the basics of forensics. It doesn’t say things like, “In your novel, you could do this The book w “Howdunit: The book was well-written and interesting.
I never had a problem following what the author was explaining even though it did get technical at times. A wide range of topics were covered with enough depth that most people would learn all they cared to know. Brief, forwnsics case files or made-up examples were used to demonstrate how a certain technique is used to reconstruct the crime scene or help identify a criminal.
The book covered murders, but also theft, forensicd, and forgery. It talked about determining if a death was from natural causes, accident, suicide, or homicide. The author also gave a little history about how various techniques were developed and improved over the decades.
Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about forensics. Medical examiners versus coroners; gathering evidence; the steps involved in an autopsy and what can be discovered; how foreneics discover the identity of a dead body; determining the time of death; determining how the victim died; identifying what caused the wounds; what to look for in suffocation cases including hanging and strangling ; using blood and bodily fluids to help identify the criminal; using DNA to identify the criminal; how to identify when toxic substances including drug overdose and poisons caused death; fingerprints; using bloodstains to reconstruct hoowdunit sequence of a crime; finding, preserving, and using impressions of shoes, tires, tools, and fabric ; finding and using trace evidence hairs, fur, etc.
The appendix contained more information about the various tools used in forensics. Sep 12, Gwyn Haller rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book should be in every writers’ case of “tools”. Mystery,thriller,and crime novelists are not the howdunitt type of writer who could and should use this book. Besides covering every detail of a crime and all the branches of Forensics in way that would be useful for a writer–television shows like CSI, NCIS, Howdnit Notice, all the crime and some medical shows present the viewer that every crime lab has all the resources shown on the television screen and it is assumed that your crime lab would This book fkrensics be in every writers’ case of “tools”.
Besides covering every detail of a crime and all the branches of Forensics in way that would be useful for a writer–television shows like CSI, NCIS, Burn Notice, all the crime and some medical shows present the viewer that every crime lab has all the resources shown on the television screen and it is assumed that your crime lab would have the same technology,science gadgets, machines, technicians and man power to devote to each piece of key evidence.
Howdunlt if your story comes anywhere near a crime scene–becareful where the blood does and does not spatter! Not only that, be correct about what color or colors the body is!
Forensics: A Guide for Writers by D.P. Lyle
If your victim died from carbon monoxide CO or cyanide poisioning or died in a cold temperature right before death check the heading Livor Mortis in my copy pg Also if your victim died and then was rolled and moved around as the body was hidden you better get the coloring right or you’ll get the time of death wrong!
Also don’t get Livor Mortis confused with Rigor Mortis. Also, just having a reference to turn to should your character get involved in a contraption that malfuntions and your character or victim suffers both a shattering coup and counter-coup injury and your Medical examiner is wondering if he had a cardiac event? The whole point of this book is to give writers a chance to create great fiction with what scientific, technological, medical and crime research has made availible to solve crimeseven if reality would not allow a CSI tech to bring back every cigerette butt, chewing gum wrapper, fiber etc.
I love this book. You will enjoy the “Case Files” in this book.
Howdunit Forensics : Douglas P. Lyle :
P Lyle’s book, we can create our characters to speak with authority and confidence–just don’t have the character explain how every forensic concept,task and machine works because D. Lyle makes it sound so interesting! Jan 08, P. If you’re a crime fiction writer looking for a reference book on forensics, this is the way to go. This book is worth every penny you spend on it. In this book, the author takes us through the main elements of a forensic investigation.
The book is split into three parts and eighteen chapters. The first part, containing two chapters explains the forensics system. The second part explains the role of the coroner, autopsy and its stages. This part was my favourite as it answered my questions about If you’re a crime fiction writer looking for a reference book on forensics, this is the way to go.
This part was my favourite as it answered my questions about how bodies are identified, determination of the time of death, how the victim died, DNA analysis, blood and poisons. The third part covers what happens in a crime lab. Topics include fingerprints, bloodstains, impressions, arson investigations and criminal psychology. The book is very well-researched and presents information in a way that benefits writers. The author follows the line of thinking that a crime writer and I felt that helped make the book more accessible.
Forensics is not the kind of book that you howduit in one go although you can. I think it benefitted me to read the book in parts, focusing on the elements that were needed to enhance my mystery novel.
In that sense, it’s more like a textbook but a lot more fun. Overall, I hpwdunit this guide to any aspiring mystery writer. Even if you’re not writing howduunit forensics, the information presented in this book will help you write better mysteries. The science of it is well-explained and somebody with an interest in biology and science would also enjoy this book. It’s part of my writer’s bookshelf now.
Mar 15, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another great book in the Writer’s Digest Howdunit series. As with the other books in this series that I’ve read, Forensics: A Guide for Writers was added to my reference shelves.
The site and his book are highly recommended. Nov 13, Roger Mendoza rated it really liked it. I use this as a reference howddunit. I’ve learned quite a bit about forensics from this book. It is really detailed and a great tool for writing a murder mystery that I have yet to write.
This book will help me write the perfectly believable murder mystery. Feb 10, T. Cooper rated it really liked it. I confess Howdunit Forensics: I initially bought forenxics to do research for a couple of mysteries I was writing. When one of those books turned into more of a mainstream novel removing emphasis from the mystery element, I put Howdundt Forensics to the side.
Then as I was editing the book I realized there were some factual issues I needed to address, so I found Lyle’s book and started I confess Howdunit Forensics: Then as I was editing the book I realized there were some factual issues I needed to address, so I found Lyle’s book and started reading.
Initially just to fill in those gaps, but I soon realized the book itself offers a great foundation for writing multiple elements of a book that includes a criminal aspect. Lyle explains forensics in layman’s terms while always honoring the science. I appreciated his attention to process and detail as well as his honest depictions even when it meant pointing out the errors we often let pass by us when reading, watching, or writing crime fiction. Howdunit Forensics is an informative and helpful book for the crime fiction writer or even the writer who just has a story with a criminal investigation sprinkled between the hoddunit plot line.
I think even crime fiction readers who don’t write would find this book interesting. Lyle makes forensics accessible, so hiwdunit it’s easy to incorporate into the writing process.
Jan 23, Betsy Ashton rated it it was amazing. If you are interested in learning more about forensics beyond what you see on CSI and Law and Order, this is the book for you.
Lyle explains complex details of all topics that fall under the broad rubric of forensics in simple terms. If you are a writer who touches on any of the standard crime topics, motive, means, DNA, blood splatter, etc.
After you’ve read it cover to cover. Jan 09, DeAnna Knippling rated it really liked it Shelves: Not knowing a lot about forensics, I can’t say whether this book is a accurate or b thorough.