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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Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about forensics. 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 howdunih a crime scene and the evidence that can be gathered there, such as bloodstains, documents, fingerprints, tire impressions, and more Forensics is the ultimate resource for learning how to accurately imbue your stories with authentic details of untimely demises.

The table of contents and index make this a good reference guide for writing about crime, but Howdumit wouldn’t recommend reading it all the way through think textbook, a stream of out-of-context facts. Physical evidence cannot be wrong, it cannot perjure itself, it cannot be wholly absent. It’s very handy to use a reference book as a writer and it’s pretty fascinating just for reading as well.

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Nov 02, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 12, Howduunit Haller rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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 fogensics D.

Lyle explains complex details of all forrensics that fall under the broad rubric of forensics in simple terms. The book was well-written and interesting.


Nov 14, Ellen Kucharik rated forenscs liked it. I am thinking about buying a copy just to have around for future murders. May 15, J. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Brief, real 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. 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.

It is really detailed and a great tool for writing a murder mystery that I have yet to write. Fun little reference book. I appreciated his attention to process and detail as well as his honest depictions even when it meant howdunot out the errors we often let pass by us when reading, watching, or writing crime fiction.

Lists with This Book. Authentication ends after about 15 minutues of inactivity, or when you explicitly choose to end it. A Guide for Writers was added to my reference shelves. 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. Feb 10, T. The second part explains the role of the coroner, autopsy and its stages. Dec 14, rabbitprincess marked it as to-read Shelves: Mar 15, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes, we also use a cookie to keep track of your trolley contents.

The first part, containing two chapters explains the forensics system. A lot of detail and information on specific cases; very helpful without dumbing anything down.

Forensics: A Guide for Writers

The author follows the line of thinking that a crime writer and I felt that helped make the book more accessible. As with the other books in this series that I’ve read, Forensics: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. No trivia or quizzes yet. I mean murder mysteries. Quotes from Forensics A Guide However, gave me some story ideas and did spend some time on how forensics was handled through the years, so I could extrapolate a reasonable investigation in, say, 15th-century China, if I wanted to.

It’s actually a book for anyone interested in learning the basics of forensics. All mainstream modern browsers have cookies enabled by default, so if you’ve been directed to this page it probably means you’re uisng a weird and wonderful browser of your own choosing, or have disabled cookies yourself.


To ask other readers questions about Forensicsplease sign up. Lyle makes forensics accessible, so that it’s easy to incorporate into the writing process. In both cases you should know how to switch cookies back on!

Sep 30, Dawn Turner rated it really liked it Shelves: I keep seeing this at Chapters when I go browsing, and one of these days I shall actually buy it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Some interesting points in here. Medical examiners versus coroners; gathering evidence; the steps involved in an autopsy and what can be discovered; how to discover the identity of a dead body; determining the time of death; determining how forenssics victim died; identifying what caused the wounds; what to look for in forenscs 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 the sequence of a crime; finding, preserving, and using impressions of shoes, tires, tools, and fabric ; finding and using trace evidence hairs, fur, etc.

Forensics: A Guide for Writers by D.P. Lyle

Jesse rated it really liked it Sep 22, 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.

You will enjoy the “Case Files” in this book. Nov 13, Roger Mendoza rated it really liked it. This book will help me write the perfectly believable murder mystery. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

In this book, the author takes us through the main elements of a forensic investigation.