After going to a class on crime scene investigation (read previous post), I checked to see what books I had on the topic at home. Not much. I have Book of Poisons by Stevens and Bannon and Cause of Death, A Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, and Forensic Medicine by Keith Wilson.
While I have my daughter searching through her room for the textbook on forensic science she purchased for a college class she took years ago, I’ve done some research on books that belong on every mystery writer’s bookshelf. Textbooks written for the criminal science
professionals are way too expensive and probably contain more information then we need to write a good mystery. The list I compiled are books that are not only affordable but seem to zero in on just the right amount of information. The prices listed are from Amazon.com.
I would love to hear what books are your favorites so be sure to leave a comment.
Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers by D.P. Lyle $16.76
The Writer’s Complete Crime Reference Book by Martin Roth $4.75
Howdunit Forensics by D.P. Lyle $28.96
Missing Persons: A Writer’s Guide to Finding the Lost, the Abducted, and the
Escaped by Fay Faron $15.96
The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI’s Legendary Mind-hunter Explores The Key To Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals by John Douglas $7.99
The Everything Private Investigator Book: Master the Techniques of the Pros to Examine Evidence, Trace Down People, and Discover the Truth by Sheila Stephens $10.70
Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation by Ngaire E. Genge
Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland $13.59
FBI Handbook of Crime Scene Forensics $9.95
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Criminal Investigation $10.00