The Forensic Science Book

Forensic Science for Writers book coverIPPY award


2013 IPPY Silver Award Winner – Writing/Publishing division!

Forensic Science for Writers won a silver medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest.

Forensic Science for Writers uncovers the secrets behind forensic science technology. From the code-breaking tricks of the cyber-sleuth to the traditional procedures of the autopsy room, readers will investigate the strengths and weaknesses of forensic science. The scope of the book can be seen in the table of contents:

  • Laying the Groundwork
  • From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab
  • Blood Work
  • The Telltale Double Helix
  • Without a Trace?
  • Fire, Bombs, and a Poison Chaser
  • Bullet Points
  • Whorl-wind Tour of Fingerprinting
  • Impressive Evidence
  • Computer Tracks and Audit Trails
  • Paper Chase
  • Remains to be Seen
  • Coup de Grâce
  • Suggested Resources

Forensic Science for Writers is not just about science. And it’s not just about forensic speak. Readers will learn how to use forensics to create plot twists, and they’ll see how best-selling authors successfully incorporated forensic science in their stories. The book also covers common misconceptions about forensic analysis that plague films and novels – the types of errors that writers want to avoid.

This book is based upon an online course that was offered through colleges and other organizations. Here are several comments from students:

“As an already successful writer, I am sure I will refer to these lessons over the coming years as I continue to write novels.”

“Thank you so much for all of the information you gave us! I feel much more confident now about the forensic aspects of my writing. I especially liked how you gave us ideas in our lessons about how evidence and the processing of that evidence could create plot twists.”

“I am a Police Officer and have found this course interesting, factual, and very informative. I will certainly use this information daily and when I pursue training in the Forensic Identification Bureau.”

Moira Allen, editor of and author of books, such as Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, kindly offered her view of the book, Forensic Science for Writers:

If you’ve been getting your forensic details from television, try this instead! It’s packed with an amazing amount of detail, and helps the reader sort out not only what can be done, but exactly who does it. Over and over, I found myself exclaiming, “I didn’t know THAT!” Now I do!

Forensic Science for Writers is available from, The Writers Store, and other fine booksellers.