The Science of Murder The Forensics of Agatha Christie



Discover the science of forensics through Agatha Christie's novels in the ultimate true crime investigation 

Agatha Christie is the bestselling novelist of all time, and nearly every story she ever wrote involves one - or, more commonly, several - dead bodies. And the cause of death, the motives behind violent crimes, the clues that inevitably are left behind, and the people who put the pieces together to solve the mystery invite the reader to analyze the evidence and race to find the answer before the detective does. Nearly every step of the way, Christie outlines the nuts and bolts of early 20th-century crime detection, relying on physical evidence to tell the real story behind the facades humans erect to escape detection.

Christie wouldn't have talked of forensics" as it is understood today - most of her work predates the modern developments of forensics science - but in each tale she harnesses the power ofhuman observation, ingenuity, and scientific developments of the era. A fascinating, science-based deep dive, The Science of Murderexamines the use of fingerprints, firearms, handwriting, blood spatter analysis, toxicology, and more in Christie's beloved works.

What readers are saying:
"Highly entertaining with many fascinating snippets of insider information about real life criminal cases. This is a must forChristie fans."
"Thoroughly researched and a delight to read!"
"A wealth of information and knowledge to help give an insight to the golden age of crime fiction."
"Absolutely brilliant book that looks at how Agatha Christie made use of developments in forensic science in her novels and upgraded her understanding over time."
"Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors, unparalleled in her clever plots and twisting tales. She was also a forensic expert, weaving into her novels human observation, ingenuity and genuine science of the era. This book illuminates all of Agatha's incredible knowledge, showing how she stayed at the cutting edge of forensic knowledge, as seen through her much loved characters."

Contributor Bio

CARLA VALENTINE has a certificate and diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology, and, during her eight-year mortuary career, continued her professional development by studying forensic anthropology and taking part in skeletal excavations in Belgium and Venice. She writes and researches themes around sex and death on her blog titled The Chick and the Dead. She also runs a dating and networking site for death professionals called Dead Meet.