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July 6 2017

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: “Murder in Vegas” Episode Review

The final episode of Beyond Reasonable Doubt, “Murder in Vegas,” will be airing this Sunday, July 9th at 8 pm ET/PT. Are you ready? Buckle up, because this is yet another thrilling...
February 24 2017

Review: Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell is a comprehensive and intriguing exposé of one of the world’s most chilling cases of serial murder—and the police...
February 16 2017

Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith

An apt description of forensic evidence: “…This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses...
July 7 2016

Elementary, Rembrandt: Reviewing The Scientist and the Forger by Dr. Jehane Ragai

The Scientist and the Forger by Dr. Jehane Ragai outlines the advanced forensic techniques being developed to help thwart art forgery. If you’ve watched CSI or any of the other TV forensic...
April 19 2016

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid is a sprawling history of forensic science that utilizes first-hand accounts and interviews from experts in the...
February 22 2015

Fresh Meat: The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes

The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes is the third book starring forensic psychologist Alice Quentin who heads to a psychiatric prison to interview an inmate (available February 24, 2015). It’s...
January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us, there are tons more great conferences happening all over, including regional or specialty crime fiction...
December 22 2014

Van Gogh’s Suicide? Forensics Expert Favors Murder

A couple of years ago, two Van Gogh biographers asserted that the artist's famous suicide was, most likely, murder. Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith published a book about their findings...
October 21 2014

99 Percent of You Might Be Jack the Ripper, Or His Victim

There has been a wave of examination of the latest Ripper case solution by crime enthusiasts and now four other molecular biologists and DNA experts. Upon the culprit's “revelation”...
October 9 2014

Quincy and M.E.

Way before there were shows like CSI or Diagnosis Murder, there was the man, the one man who refused to be denied. If someone came across this man’s metal slab and it didn’t seem kosher?...
October 7 2014

Fresh Meat: The Murder Man by Tony Parsons

The Murder Man by Tony Parsons is a debut thriller, introducing newly-minted homicide detective Max Wolfe, whose first case will involve murdered members of London society, all connected to an exclusive...
September 9 2014

The Ripper Case Solved? We’ve Waited This Long...

After this weekend's “revelation” of Jack the Ripper's identity (was he really a local Polish hairdresser?) in the Daily Mail, we waited. It took mere hours for the first sets of...
April 24 2014

Crime Solvers: Forensics From the Past

In writing my historical novels, which are set in seventeenth-century England, I have had to spend a lot of time thinking about the crime-solving methods that would have been available to authorities...
November 15 2013

The Death of JFK, Part 1: Five Things We Now Know

The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is quickly approaching on November 22nd.  And we’ve already been subjected to panel discussions, new books, letters...
November 11 2013

Fresh Meat: Dust by Patricia Cornwell

Dust by Patricia Cornwell features Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, trying to unravel a posed corpse's impossible death while her FBI-profiler husband involves her in the case...
August 26 2013

No Escaping it Now: The Cats are Rats!

When the dismembered torso of a murdered man floated to shore at a British beach last year, it carried with it some unusual evidence: eight domestic cat hairs. They turned out to be the clue that identified...
August 6 2013

We Found Your Fingerprint on the Forensic Pillows!

Usually blood on the pillows or sofa is a dead giveaway to police, but maybe not if you have these forensic pillows. They're the perfect accent for any criminally-minded decorator or writer...
May 23 2013

Art and Science Collide: Be Careful Where You Leave Your DNA

A Brooklyn art student has taken art and science to a new level. Those photographs of your DNA are so last year, and Heather Dewey-Hagborg knows the next trend in DNA art. Dewey-Hagborg...
August 19 2012

Fresh Meat: Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs

Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs is the 15th Temperance Brennan forensic thriller (available August 28, 2012). I’ll be the first to admit that I am an unabashed Kathy Reichs fangirl, but...
June 14 2012

Can You Solve Smithsonian’s Deadeye Murders in Fewer Than 25 Days?

But of course you can, crimefighter! Five people killed outdoors in five different states, and the FBI needs someone to Solve the Deadeye Murders in fewer than 25 days, when the serial killer will strike...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 9 2012

Listen Up! Earprints Identify Burglar

If you’re the type who likes to listen at keyholes, there’s something you need to hear: Police in Kiel, Germany, identified a burglar by the earprints he left at crime scenes. Before he entered...
April 19 2012

High Pressure Rescue for Blind Novelist’s Work

The Dorset Police Department performs under pressure—the more, the better! According to BBC News: Part of a novel lost when a blind woman’s pen ran out without her knowing has been salvaged...
April 16 2012

Bones: The Missed Opportunities

I’m uniquely qualified to discuss this series; not because the main character shares my surname, or because I’ve read nearly every Kathy Reichs book, or even because I’ve seen every episode of...
April 13 2012

Penning Clues: The Truth In Our Handwriting

How much can handwriting matter when schools debate whether to even teach it?  And given how rarely most of us put actual pen to paper these days, it seems on its way to becoming a lost art. ...
April 2 2012

Tuesday Night Television...What to Watch? The Unforgettable Body of Proof.

Was it really just a couple of months ago that we were all fussing about the abundance of good crime television on Tuesday nights? White Collar, (USA) Justified (FX) and Southland (USA) were all competing...
March 13 2012

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

But Girl Scouts do, and now the Crime Museum in Washington, DC, is offering badges in criminal investigation. How cool is that? According to their website, The Crime Museum is now offering badge...
February 29 2012

BBC America’s Copper: He Walks the Beat, We Wait

It seems like forever ago when we heard about BBC America’s first original series Copper, set in New York City’s Five Points neighborhood in the late 1860’s, just after the Civil...
January 25 2012

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes at CSI: Will You Watch Marg Helgenberger’s Final Episode?

Tonight marks the end of Marg Helgenberger’s twelve-year run as Catherine Willows on CSI. The cast has changed before, with the loss of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan)...
January 12 2012

Bernhard Weiss: True Life Crime Fighter Done in by Gangsters

Mild mannered, maybe.  But beneath the bookish looks this guy was tough enough to become the most famous cop in Germany.  Born in 1880 under the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm I, Bernhard Weiss...
January 10 2012

DNA, Genealogy and Crime

This is a strange one. According to CNN, a genealogical database may help solve a twenty-year-old case. Twenty years, while old for a crime, isn’t old for the DNA match, which links the unnamed suspect...