Bustle Lists 7 Must-Read Crime Scene Investigation Books

Shaun Fitzpatrick over at Bustle has compiled a list of 7 bloodcurdling confessions from people within the field of Crime Scene Investigation. It’s a fairly deep list. The only one I’ve really heard of is Forensics, by Val McDermid, so you would benefit from checking it out.

The only book I would add to to the list is Mary Roach’s wonderful investigation in dead bodies is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach. Roach is not a CSI, but the book deals with enough of the “industry” for it to be included on this list. It is a fascinating investigation into what happens to our literal bodies after we die. It’s unsettling, and kind of sad, but ultimately a fantastic read.

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

2. Never Suck A Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI by Dana Kollmann

3. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek 

4. Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by William M. Bass

5. The Bone Lady: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist by Mary M. Manhein

6. Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death by Jessica Snyder Sachs

7. The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases by E.J. Wagner

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