By D.P. Lyle, MD
Medallion Press, $14.95, 384 pages
How do crime writers create their mysterious and sometimes gruesome death scenes? How do authors know what will best kill off a character? It takes a lot of imagination and besides creativity requires some medical knowledge. To get details and gain forensic understanding, many authors turn to someone like Dr. D.P. Lyle, whose book More Forensics and Fiction covers topics like traumatic injuries, poisons, medications, crime scenes and labs, weapons, evidence and drugs (just to name a few). The third in a series, the book is a collection of questions posed by authors from around the world who want to learn ways forensics can help their fictional stories and lend credibility to their work. Lyle, a cardiologist, uses his forensic, science and medical expertise to provide accurate answers and explanations about bodies, autopsies, coroners and police. Lyle knows so much about so many things so it is nice to have the book organized by specific questions. “What types of injuries would occur if a woman was strangled by a cello string?” You’ll have to get the book to find out what Lyle suggests. This is a fascinating book that will appeal to both writers and lovers of crime fiction.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin