Reviews for Crime Lab Detectives

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
With the current popularity of CSI television shows, this series will prove popular. Each title focuses on a different aspect of criminal investigations, and is full of illustrations and fact boxes. There are brief summaries of real cases from around the world that illustrate the particular subject. The series' reading level makes it accessible to most middle school students. The work of crime scene specialists is described, and some students may consider these as possible career choices. Unfortunately, there is little information presented to help those students to pursue those careers. Glossary. Websites. Index. David Lininger, MS/HS Librarian, Hickory County R-1 Schools, Urbana, Missouri. RECOMMENDED. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--Lurid case studies and sometimes gruesome, staged photos of crime victims or blood-spattered evidence add melodrama to these introductions. CSI opens with a still from one of the CSI TV shows, though it goes on to note that gathering evidence is seldom as easy as the programs portray, and often that evidence-as exemplified in the investigation of JonBenet Ramsey's murder-is ambiguous or compromised by shoddy procedures. Forensic Cases provides an unusual historical cross section of crimes, from murder to art theft, in which such evidence played significant roles, and Cyber Crime includes discussions of hacking, cyber-terrorism, and identity theft as well as cases where criminals were nabbed using cell-phone evidence. There is extensive overlap among the broadly focused Murder Clues and some of the other volumes.

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