Reviews for Science Beats Crime

Booklist Reviews 2010 December #1
This title in the Cool Science series takes the reliably attractive angle of forensics to teach readers about practically applied science. After positing an imaginary murder, it lays a claim that would make a Law & Order voiceover proud: "forensic evidence never lies and never gets confused. It can be the surest way to catch a criminal." Perritano briefly traces the history of forensic science (readers might be astonished to learn that the first crime lab was inspired by Sherlock Holmes' endeavors), discusses different subspecialities, such as toxicology and forensic anthropology, and then gets into the good stuff--fingerprinting, DNA profiling, ballistics, splatter patterns, even a gross-out spread of how studying maggots can determine time of death. Interspersed throughout are real-life case studies, ranging from Anastasia Romanov to Lindy Chamberlain (of "the dingo's got my baby" fame) to Lacy Peterson. This solid, amply illustrated, and easy-reading introduction to forensic science ends with a look at the future of the field, and back matter includes a glossary and additional resources. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

ea vol: 48p. (Cool Science Series). charts. diags. illus. photos. reprods. further reading. glossary. index. Web sites. CIP. Marshall Cavendish. 2010. PLB $28.50; ebook $28.50.

Gr 4-8--Colorful, engaging, and sure to get kids turning the pages, these books are packed with facts and human stories. Shocking photos will grab readers' attention and the real stories will pull them in completely. Unusual Diseases has enough frightening and disturbing images to keep kids thinking late into the night, and Spare Parts for People singlehandedly earns the series the "cool" in "Cool Science." Sports enthusiasts will find themselves delving into the scientific details in Sports Science without realizing it. The few typographical errors won't be overly distracting.

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