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review 2016-07-09 01:53
Pedantic and Disappointing
Murder and the Making of English CSI - Ian A. Burney,Neil Pemberton

I majored in forensic anthropology, so I think I can confidently say that life is too short to finish reading this book. There really is no excuse for making such an interesting subject so very dull. After 93 pages, I think I've given this book more than a fair shake -- and I quit.


The book starts out with a rather dry treatment of Gross and Locard's early works on forensic investigation. Okay, I get it. You're looking at the founding fathers of forensics, in a time when we didn't have the same tools we do now. I'm okay with that. And then we move on to Sir Bernard Spilsbury's investigation of a rather notorious murder ... and I had hope, really, I did, that we would see how Gross and Locard applied to the case.


Alas, instead we saw Spilsbury's self-aggrandizing perspective of himself as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, bolstered by the media giving him what amounts to matinee idol status by talking about how handsome he was compared to ordinarily policemen, etc. And even *that* managed to be somnolent.


I just couldn't take it anymore, and I abandoned the book. I regret nothing.

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review 2016-01-23 20:18
reminds of the tv show
The Killing Jar (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, #13) - Donn Cortez

about the author:
Pseudonyms: Don DeBrandt & DD Barant

Donn Cortez is a pseudonym for Canadian author Don DeBrandt. Born in Saskatchewan, he currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to North America, his books have been published in Germany, France, Italy, and Russia. His influences include Spider Robinson and John D. MacDonald, among others.

He took a darker turn for The Closer, a hard-edged story about a serial killer hunting other serial killers.

His follow-up, The Man Burns Tonight (set at Burning Man) was more of a classic mystery. This was followed in rapid succession by five CSI: Miami tie-in novels and two CSI: Vegas novels.He has also contributed numerous pop-culture essays to BenBella’s SmartPop anthologies, on subjects such as Angel, Firefly, The Golden Compass, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, King Kong, the X-Men, Star Wars, and Star Trek.

He was the guest editor (as well as a contributor) to the essay anthology Investigating CSI

book synopsis:
A teenager is found dead in his motel room, the cause of death: millipede poison...Now crime scene investigator Gil Grissom must aid CSI's Nick Stokes and Riley Adams against a serial killer whose knowledge of entomology rivals his own -- a brutal murderer who is not only using insects as the tools of destruction, but actually modeling the attacks after their behavior.... In the meantime, CSIs Catherine Willows and Greg Sanders must investigate a bizarre death, where the victim had gotten mixed up with two very different groups of people -- one involved in using and dealing crystal meth, the other an avant-garde group of artists -- a collision of subcultures where everyone is a suspect and nothing is as it seems

My rating: 5 stars
Challenges I used it for :
The Life of a Book Addict
Reading Group Challenge 2016 > Elizabeth's 2016 Reading Corner Challenge 12 plus 4 alternatives ( one of the 4 alternatives)

19th to the 25th of January 2016! #RYBSAT Round 7

what did I think of the story:
I loved it, it was a great read, had hood from the start and wouldn't let go, love how it was like I was watching the TV show all over again

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text 2015-09-24 09:26
Can You Pass A CSI Forensic Quiz?

Not sure how accurate this is as i got an A+ but i enjoyed it none the less.





Exceptional work investigator! Without a doubt, you have what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator! You probably already work in law enforcement, science, or are currently studying forensic science in college. If not, we suggest you investigate a career change immediately! It takes special attention to detail, mental ability, and skillful art of deduction to ACE this demanding quiz, and you just did it!

Source: teacherprobs.com/can-you-pass-a-csi-forensic-quiz
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review 2015-08-17 22:58
Now Titled "INFERNO"
Torn - Casey Hill

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri – The Comedy


I have found myself a little jewel in an author who has been around for a while, but I hadn’t had the good fortune to come across previously. Casey Hill’s CSI Reilly Steel is an honestly strong female character. No running around with guns or knives, kicking bad-guy’s behinds. Instead, Reilly is smart, dedicated, and determined, willing to work until she finds the solution to the crimes she investigates. And this crime is going to require all her dedication if she is going to be able to help detectives Chris Delaney and Pete Kennedy solve this convoluted crime.


It begins in a rather horrific manner. The body of a well-known, and well-hated, journalist is found drowned in his own septic tank. Then, as more bodies pile up, all murdered in brutal and horrific ways, Dublin goes into a panic. Who will The Punisher, as the papers are calling him, attack next? I what brutal manner will they die? One thing Reilly knows is that the murderer is absolutely meticulous. Absolutely organized. And something is so, so familiar about the scenes he so methodically designs. But what is it?


Reilly is a great character. A former California surfer girl and previous FBI ERT (Evidence Response Team) Team Leader out of the San Francisco office. She has moved to Dublin, Ireland to bring the GFU, the Garda Forensic Unit, in Dublin, up to date on sorely outdated forensic procedures. Of course, being American, and female at that, doesn’t go over well with the previous GFU leader, but be that as it may, she holds her head up and does spectacular work, no matter the idiotic behavior of some of her coworkers. She is the reason I will continue reading these stories – she is multi-layered and strong, and yet kind to everyone around her. Lovely.


The story is fast paced, wickedly clever, and a well-researched police procedural. Reilly is finally getting to know her colleagues, Delaney and Kennedy, and it is interesting to watch them begin to grow their relationships, both professionally and as possible friends. It is a well-rounded tale. This is the second in the series technically, though there is a “Volume 0” – Crime Scene: CSI Reilly Steel Prequel so technically it is the third. I hope to find the time (and money, of course) to be able to read them all. My only complaint? The editing is terrible so be prepared.


Source: soireadthisbooktoday.com
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url 2015-02-17 14:51
An Open Letter to CBS on a CSI Season 16 . . .

A completely random, non-book related post this morning. The wife and I watched the second half of the CSI season finale last night, in which Nick Stokes left the show for a promotion in San Diego, and it was actually a solid send-off. Not the best episode they've ever done, but it struck a nice balance between season finale storytelling, wrapping up a season-long serial killer arc, and doing justice to an original character.

Sadly, Season 15 was a shortened season, and at this point there's no news on a renewal for Season 16 . . . and that got me thinking. I started thinking aloud last night, telling my wife the idea, but it kept growing as I slept, and I think it's really quite good. :)
If CBS is a little shy about another season, then I'd take the 24: Live Another Dayroute and do a shorted 'event' type of season that can run for consecutive weeks without interruption. I'm thinking around 8 episodes would be perfect to maintain the momentum and still provide the fans with a pay-off. As for how you make it event, well let me share my thoughts:
Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2015/02/an-open-letter-to-cbs-on-csi-season-16.html
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