Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Forensic Mysteries

With the immense popularity of such television shows as "CSI: Miami", "CSI: New York", and "Bones", it is evident that the subject of forensics interests a lot of people. But did you know that there are some great mystery series that feature forensics? 

Many may know that the TV series "Bones" is based upon characters created by novelist Kathy Reichs in her Temperance Brennan series.  

Another well known novelist famous for her forensic pathologist protagonist is Patricia Cornwell with her Kay Scarpetta series.

Perhaps you were less aware that there is a great new series written by Simon Beckett?

His series is set in the Norfolk marshlands and features Dr. David Handler. The first book in this series is "The Chemistry of Death".

Another forensic detective is Reuben Maitland who is the lead character in the books by John Macken. The first book in this series is "Dirty Little Lies".

Then there are the Eisenmenger and Flemming forensic mysteries written by Keith McCarthy. This delightful series begins with the title "A Feast of Carrion".

Another popular series featuring forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon is written by Beverly Connor. There are seven novels in the Diane Fallon series, the most recent of which is "Dust to dust".

For forensics with a historical slant I recommend you try "Mistress of the Art of Death" by Ariana Franklin. This award-winning novel is set in 12th century Cambridge, England.

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Jeffery Deaver also writes a series featuring forensics - his Lincoln Rhyme series. The books are fantastic reads. The first in the series (The Bone Collector) was actually turned into a movie a number of years ago, it starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.