Posts Tagged ‘forensics’

The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

This book (Find in our catalog) is the third mystery by Elly Griffiths. Her first book in the series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway was The Crossing Places, her second book was The Janus Stone. Ruth Galloway is an interesting character, single, a little on the heavy side, and a scholar who lectures at a local university. She lives in a house on the wild coast of Norfolk, England nearer to salt marshes than people. In the mysteries she is called upon by the local police department to help them solve crimes where bones have been unearthed. She finds herself in dangerous situations for which she is ill-prepared and in a developing and complicated relationship with the married Detective Chief Inspector, Harry Nelson. Anyone who enjoys a mystery with an engaging heroine,  a definite location, and delving into the past (whether it be as far back as the Romans, or as recent as WW2) will find something to like in these books. As this series progresses, various connnections and relationships become stronger, adding more depth to the stories. It is better to read them in order and know that as the author is settling in with her characters and themes the books are definitely becoming more appealing.

Posted by Julia

Forensic Crime Novels

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I just learned something really fascinating from Shelf Awareness, the e-mail newsletter I have mentioned before. The issue for Friday, June 26 asked Ridley Pearson, the author of more than 25 crime fiction novels (as well as a half dozen books for young readers), about the books that have influenced him and about what he is reading at the moment.

Because of my own interest in crime fiction, the part of the news article that really caught my attention was the short description of Pearson’s work in this genre. I knew that his crime novels are known for their detailed forensics. What I was not aware of was that research conducted for his novel Undercurrents (Find this book in our catalog) has helped investigators solve three real life homicides! According to Shelf Awarenes, at the request of authorities, Pearson also contributed to the task force attempting to catch the Washington, D.C., sniper.
In 1990, Pearson was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Crime Fiction. He is currently a visiting professor at the College of International Language and Literature at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Pearson’s latest work, is due out shortly. Find this book in our catalog.
For fans of forensic crime novels this looks like the ideal summer read!