Reviews for Bones Never Lie : How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries


Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
Taking CSI techniques back in time and around the globe, MacLeod conducts armchair investigations of seven historical mysteries: the mass burial of a Mayan royal family, the identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, the death of Thailand's King Rama VIII, the survival of Russia's Grand Duchess Anastasia, the death of King Tut, and the fate of Marie Antoinette's son. Each chapter introduces a mystery and considers the history, the clues, and sometimes the suspects and speculation, before reaching a verdict, which might sound final or inconclusive, depending on the case. Appearing throughout the book, the illustrations include reproductions of archival photos, period artworks, and documents, as well as stock photos. Sidebars briefly expound on topics such as ballistics, the Bastille, and blood as evidence. Readers will find plenty to enjoy in the clearly written chapters, and they'll pick up lots of information about history and forensics along the way. An appealing introduction to some intriguing mysteries from history's cold cases. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Based on a true incident, this fictional account tells how in 1884 a fourteen-year-old Native American boy is lynched in Canada by the leaders of a white mob attempting to cover up the murder of a local citizen. Although that murder remains unsolved, Stewart builds a credible case against the probable perpetrators. An afterword separates fact from fiction.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 March #1
Was Napoleon poisoned? Did King Rama VIII shoot himself? And just whose bones were found in the Temple prison? Only the bones know. MacLeod provides here a neat introduction to the art and science of forensics, which examines the physical evidence of a death scene through DNA analysis, fingerprinting, bone analysis, autopsies, blood tests, X-rays and a slew of other high-tech methods. She examines seven particular cases in which the verdict had long been in dispute: the deaths of the Mayan royal family, Napoleon, the Man in the Iron Mask, King Rama VIII of Thailand, Grand Duchess Anastasia, King Tut and Marie-Antoinette's son. Each episode is a taut short story, complete with historical context, conjectures, and plenty of background information and colorful minutiae ("Anastasia always had lots of energy, despite her painful bunions"). The canny unraveling of the evidence reveals the thought process of each forensic team. It will come as a shock to many that what they thought they knew about the deaths of these characters has been overthrown by recent forensic discoveries. In real life, forensics can be slow and tedious, but MacLeod invests these high-profile deaths with considerable vim and drama. A good selection of staged and archival photographs and artwork accompany the stories. A fully fleshed and crisply told story of forensics at its romantic best. (glossary, sources, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 November/December
This book devotes a chapter to each of seven historical mysteries and demonstrates how different aspects of forensic science have been used to uncover the truth. Each chapter is like an episode of CSI and readers will be pulled into the stories. The author engages the reader by giving a sense of place and illuminating personality traits of the high profile historical figures. Different aspects of forensics are presented in a concise, conversational manner and include everything from deductive reasoning to ballistics to DNA testing. Both science geeks and history buffs will find entertainment here. With intriguing photographs and illustrations, informative text features and side notes, this nonfiction text reads like a thriller and would be a great addition to middle grade collections. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Table of Contents. Index. Cecelia Carmenates, Librarian, O.W. Holmes Middle School, Alexandria, Virginia [Editor's Note: Also available in paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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