Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeod
|March 26, 2013||Posted by Christa McGrath under Crime, History, Medicine, Mystery, Non-fiction|
Published by Annick Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Do you have an inquiring mind? Or, perhaps, a curious nature? “Bones Never Lie” may help quench your inquisitiveness to learn the cold hard facts. It’s a book of true crime stories of long-dead historical victims whose demise may be considered a mysterious one. The deaths of King Tut, Louis XIII and XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Man with the Iron Mask, and the Mayans (among others) are all discussed here. Their deaths have been shrouded in obscurity and speculation for so long making it hard to decipher fact from fiction. But MacLeod brings each victim to life as she weaves the tales that led to their untimely deaths and discusses how forensics is used to solve their mysterious earthly departure despite any lapses in time.
This book will draw readers into a world of wonder and science as they learn how forensics is used to solve crimes. Using methods like deductive reasoning, ballistics, and DNA testing, forensics has become a powerful tool and a force to be reckoned with. The book’s facts, timelines, photos, and images provide a visual element that complements the text and deepens the reader’s whodunit mentality. You may even feel like you’re in the middle of a CSI episode—or at the very least, a fascinating science class—as you sit on the edge of your seat anxiously waiting to learn what forensics may uncover.
MacLeod targets a younger audience with this book. So tweens and adolescents may find this an enjoyable and stimulating read—one that educates them without them really knowing it. Adults, too, may enjoy learning about these well-known historical mysteries and probing a little deeper into the world of forensic science. Facts can be misconstrued, time can erode evidence, and people can hide the truth; but bones, well, they never lie. Just read this book and you’ll find out why.
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