More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers’ Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered is a wonderful book. Not only does it answer the questions posed by some extremely creative crime writers, it also does some from two perspectives. If you’re the kind of writer who wants the technical details, Lyle provides them. But if you want an answer in English, he gives you that too.
For a fellow who’s a practicing cardiologist, teacher of forensic science classes in the criminal justice program at DeSales University, and author of many thrillers and non-fiction novels, he’s extremely generous with his time and expertise. If you want to know about traumatic injuries or illnesses (i.e., Can nasal trauma cause my character to lose his sense of smell? or Could a doctor save an unborn child if the mother is shot and killed?), this is your book. It’s also your book if you want to know about poisons, toxins, and how to effectively kill off a character, (i.e., Could my sleuth suspect that someone was planning a poisoning simply by seeing what he purchased at a grocery store? or Can my murderous gardener use autumn crocus to kill his victims?)
Other topics include The Police, The Crime Scene, and the Crime Lab; the Coroner, the Body, and the Autopsy; and Odds and Ends, Mostly Odds (i.e., How long could my character survive if buried alive?).
This is a straight-forward Q & A with a lot of helpful advice, from both a medical professional and a successful author. Lyle shares questions he’s been asked by numerous authors (most of whom he identifies) in their quest for technical accuracy and then provides answers. What I found both helpful and fascinating is that after D.P. Lyle, M.D. gave the specific answer the author wanted, Doug the author often suggested a variety of options that might work (or not) and then explained why.
Call me morbidly curious, but I found the book vastly entertaining aside from my perspective as a writer. Even if you’re not the author of crime, mystery, or thriller novels, you’ll be fascinated by the tremendous amount of information and varying perspectives Lyle offers his readers.
D.P. Lyle, M.D. is the Macavity Award-winning author of Forensics for Dummies and has been nominated for both Edgar and Scribe awards. He’s also been a consultant for a number of popular television series such as CSI: Miami, House, and Cold Case. Visit Doug on his author website or at The Writer’s Forensics Blog. His next Dub Walker thriller, Run to Ground, will be released in August.
More Forensics and Fiction – ISBN 978-1605423-94-4
Published by Medallion Press, Inc.
Released April 2012