Today I have my first audiobook review of the year, it’s actually a non-fiction book all about forensic science and how causes of death are determined.
FRACTURED SKULLS. GAS MASKS. BRAIN BUCKETS. VATS OF ACID. PICKLED BODY PARTS.
Not the usual tools of trade, but for Chief Forensic Medical Scientist Derek and Forensic Secretary Pauline they were just part of a normal day in the office inside the world-famous Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London.
Derek has played a pivotal role in investigating some of the UK’s most high-profile mass disasters and murder cases. Derek’s innovative work on murder cases, in particular, has seen him credited as a pioneer of forensic medical science, after developing ground-breaking techniques that make it easier to secure a conviction and also identify a serial killer.
Warmly recalled and brilliantly told, these intriguing revelations will open your eyes to the dark world inhabited by those who investigate death and murder (typically most horrid), and unveil the secrets of how each case is solved.
I really enjoyed How to Solve a Murder, as you probably know I studied Criminal Justice at Uni so I absolutely love non-fiction surrounding crime. I received this audiobook from Netgalley and started it straightaway which doesn’t happen very often.
We follow Derek’s journey into forensic medicine and how he developed new techniques which are still followed today. I learnt so much from this book, the information is gritty and definitely not for the faint hearted, especially when it gets to using maggots as an effective way of removing flesh from bones.
This book is definitely accessible for everyone and I’ve already recommended it to a colleague. If you want to learn more about how pathologists determine a cause of death then this is worth the read!
Do you have any non-fiction recommendations?
See you in the next one…