Blood, Bullets, and Bones

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA

Written By: Bridget Heos

Publisher: ReallyBalzer + Bray (October 4, 2016)

MG Non-Fiction

I’m a fan of the TV crime-solving plots. I’ve watched way too many hours of Law and Order, NCIS, and now the Chicago dynasty of shows.

O/T rant aimed at fellow Chicagoans: I have to admit I mostly watch those because we’ve run into them filming several times and I delight in pointing out that when they say they are one place the actors are actually miles away from where they should be. Just saying.

 Honestly- if I listed all the criminal themed TV I’ve seen I might be asked to turn in my library card. So, this is right up my alley.

I enjoyed reading this history of forensic science. I thought that the author made what could have been boring science into an intriguing narrative.The book contains real cases that are explained with the science at the time of the crime and investigation. I especially liked the chapter on crime staging and how to look for the signs that the guilty party wants to mislead the police.

I’ve been thinking of planning either a quarter or semester of Criminology this year or next, and I would include this on our reading list. It contains everything an amateur CSI kid would want to know from blood splatter patterns to hidden bodies.

I was given this book by the publisher to review for the 2016 Cybils Awards