My Review of Dr. DP Lyle’s newest forensic book
Release date: April 2012
The first books in this all important series, Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers appeared in 2003, the second, Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers, came out in 2007, and lucky me, his publicist asked if I’d like to read for review his latest offering on the subject of murder and bodies and poisons… boy, howdy, would I!
I dove right into drugs, poisons, toxins, medications and got so caught up with questions and answers that I almost forgot what I was supposed to be doing—reviewing. So, my favorite? Let’s see, if a victim has alcohol and OxyContin in them, can they still drown? Yes! And did you know that blood alcohol can be determined by extracting the vitreous fluid from the eyeball to determine if, and how much, alcohol was in the victim’s body? Or, that alcoholics are notorious for being able to tolerate the consumption of antifreeze without killing themselves? Me either.
Oh, wait, here’s one of my favorites: Did you know that a body left in water would be expected to have its lungs fill with water? I didn’t. “This is simply a passive process where the air seeps out and water seeps in.” Or what an ME looks for in a death, or how a detective is trained to look at a scene where there is blood. Blood spatters, coagulation times, how to keep blood from coagulating, and what kind of poisons would be detected by a medical examiner in the 1800’s. All fascinating, and incredibly useful information for writers of mystery and suspense, regardless of when or where it took place.
All of DP Lyle’s forensic books should be in the library of every aspiring, as well as veteran, author. I know Dr. Doug’s newest forensic book in now this mystery writer’s favorite bedtime reading and will be until his next book comes out.
RP Dahlke, author of the Dead Red series, featuring Aero Ag Pilot, Lalla Bains,
A Dangerous Harbor