Reviews for DNA and Blood : Dead People Do Tell Tales


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
This series uses real-life examples from the eighteenth century through today to introduce readers to forensic science. Case studies demonstrate how investigators use chemistry, biology, and good detective skills to solve crimes. The science is generally accessible and the accompanying photographs are well used. Ignore the pages' hokey blood spatters. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these True Forensic Crime Stories titles: Trace Evidence, Gun Crimes, Bones, Cybercrime, DNA and Blood, and Fingerprints.]

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 5-7--Using actual cases as frameworks, these volumes focus on different types of crime evidence, providing information about the history of the cases, the development of modern forensic techniques, technical procedures, and relevant specialized careers. Trace is an overview for most of the series, covering fingerprints, blood and DNA analysis, gunshot residue, and other topics that are examined in more detail in the other titles. Cybercrime stands a little apart from the other books since it surveys the history of electronic crimes from phone phreaking to Internet piracy. Though the general focus is on crimes against humans, DNA includes a chapter on "Wildlife Forensics" and the trade in elephant ivory and other illegal animal products. Each volume is illustrated with decorative (if not always informative) color photos.

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