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""…informative, intriguing and entertaining…"" (What's on in London, July 2006)
""…well-researched book…"" (Chemistry World, August 2006)
""…will be appreciated…not just by devotees of Holmes…but by anyone interested in the Victorian beginnings of forensic science…"" (Chemistry World, August 2006)
Forensic expert Wagner has crafted a volume that stands out from the plethora of recent memoirs of contemporary scientific detectives. By using the immortal and well-known Sherlock Holmes stories as her starting point, Wagner blends familiar examples from Doyle's accounts into a history of the growth of forensic science, pointing out where fiction strayed from fact. The author avoids the technical details that mar so many other efforts in this genre, injecting life into her narrative by weaving in true crime cases that either influenced Holmes's creator or may have been influenced by a published story from the Baker Street sleuth. Particularly memorable is a creepy 1945 murder of a man who, as a youth, had had an encounter with a spectral dog reminiscent of the hound of the Baskervilles. While some of the speculations are thin (including a passing suggestion about a new Ripper suspect), Wagner presents a balanced view of the history of forensic science that should appeal to a wide audience. (Apr.) (Publishers Weekly, January 16, 2006)
This is a fascinating mixture of forensic science, history, myth and literature. I completely enjoyed the comparisons of actual court cases and medical discoveries to Conan Doyle... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Lou
I like science and I like Sherlock Holmes so naturally when I saw a book titled "The Science of Sherlock Holmes", I had to buy it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ahmed A. Khan
The Science of Sherlock Holmes
The author is a crime historian, a lecturer, and a teller of suspense stories. E.J. Read more
Very informative reading. I am interested in forensic analysis and history, and this book delivers as described.Published 13 months ago by Ms. Freeze
This is a tour-de-force of amazingly researched but well-condensed and lucid cultural history that goes sometimes goes way beyond the Sherlockian connection, but not disagreeablely... Read morePublished 17 months ago by jtq
This was an enjoyable book, but it is like a two hour tv movie that would have made a great one hour episode. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Jill S.
A good beginner book on the history of forensics and early police work. Written well and entertaining. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Connie Ellis
This could have been a good book but there's not much of Sherlock Holmes in it - just the basics of early forensic science, culled from 19th and early 20th century criminal case... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Linda Lou