Extract from podcast episode 5 (Sept 2010) – crime genre recommendations

Staying with the crime genre, Auriol from Northampton, England provided five very useful forensic website links…

  • http://forensic.to/forensic.html – a website devised by a Dutch Forensic Scientist, it’s packed with research material and has an extensive ‘Literature and Journals’ section.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forensic_entomology – Wikipedia’s forensic entomology page explains that it is the science and study of insects and other arthropods with law-related applications and this page is packed with information, relevant links and even mentions the movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’.
  • The forensic section of the Natural History Museum’s website (www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/forensic-sleuth/index.html) is well worth a visit and the entomology page is particularly gruesome.
  • www.forensic-entomology.com – a North Carolina (USA) website offering workshops on the subject and tips including ‘scene observations and weather data’. You can also view an incredibly extensive technical reference ‘Literature’ listing and buy non-fiction and fiction books.
  • Kathy Reich’s website obviously touts her books but also gives tips, background info on her ideas and her ‘Forensic Sciences’ page (http://kathyreichs.com/forensic-science) is particularly interesting.

Other crime websites include www.mysterynet.com which claims to be “the place for mystery since 1995”. It’s an interesting site packed with information on crime authors, TV shows, movies, and books as well as having a forum for “aspiring and published writers to discuss the ins and outs of writing a mystery”. Mentioned on Mysterynet, www.crimelibrary.com’s topics include ‘serial killers’, ‘notorious murders’, ‘criminal mind’, ‘terrorists & spies’ and ‘gangsters’. It covers fiction (inc. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Sweeney Todd and Brad Pitt’s Jesse James) and non-fiction (forensics, historical facts etc). The website also includes some hilarious, though not all crime-related, videos.

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