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Currently reading: Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime

Val McDermid

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2017-11-01 to 2017-12-31

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Murder by Death
GAH! My life has been riddled with typos the last couple of days. You should see what happens when I'm using the voice recognition software - it is capable of some outstanding...
Tannat
lol...I was confused until I realized it was a typo. Yes, I'm thinking of taking a peak at the introduction/first chapter tonight.
Murder by Death
Woo hoo! *Start* (thanks Tannat!) day has arrived! Hope we all enjoy this one; I'm looking forward to the discussions!
Murder by Death
General chat about the book in this thread; I've created three other threads for specific discussion by chapters.
Murder by Death
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid Reading start: 2017-11-01 Reading finish: 2017-12-31

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Reading progress update: I've read 165 out of 292 pages.
Tannat
Alright, so according to McDermid in Chapter 6 (Fingerprinting), fingerprints are unreliable because they sometimes require subjective interpretation (with blurred samples etc...
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 320 pages.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Sigh. I'd been interested in this book because I'd been wondering whether McDermid, with her background in journalism and crime fiction -- but not science -- had really, actu...
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 292 pages.
Tannat
Chapter 5 - Toxicology Gee, that was a long chapter. This chapter is less about toxicology and more about historical cases of poisonings, especially with arsenic. The Mars...
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 292 pages.
Tannat
Chapter 4 - Pathology And we're back to meh. This chapter seemed to be less about pathology than about discussing the careers of a few pathologists, particularly an arrogant...
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 292 pages.
Tannat
Chapter 3 - Entomology This chapter on insects was way better than the others so far, although for some reason it was necessary to describe one of the entomologists as "a ta...

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Forensics: The Anatomy of a Crime
Murder by Death
I have so many thoughts about this book and they're scattered all over the joint. It occurred to me as I finally finished reading it that we sometimes come at books in muc...
Investigative Journalism and True Crime Writing Masquerading as Science
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
I had long rants going through my head on pretty much every page of this book while I was reading, but bottom line, it just doesn't deserve the attention of my detailing them....
Forensics by Val McDermid
Elentarri's Book Blog
TITLE: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime AUTHOR: Val McDermid DATE PUBLISHED: 2014 FORMAT: e-book ISBN-13: 978 184765 9903 _________________________ Forensics by Va...
Forensics by Val McDermid
Tannat
It doesn't do what it says on the tin. The subtitle is "What bugs, burns, prints, DNA, and more tell us about crime" but it's actually more of a history of forensics. Unfortun...
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
BrokenTune
If we presented Michael Faraday or Paracelsus with the scientific evidence our courts now take for granted, it would seem like magic to those most rigorous of researchers. And...

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