"Holmes is, first, a great detective, but he has also proven to be a great scientist, whether dabbling with poisons, tobacco ash, or tire marks. Wagner explores this fascinating aspect of his career by showing how his investigations were grounded in the cutting-edge science of his day, especially the emerging field of forensics.... Utterly compelling."
—Otto Penzler, member of the Baker Street Irregulars and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop
"E. J. Wagner demonstrates that without the work of Sherlock Holmes and his contemporaries, the CSI teams would be twiddling their collective thumbs. Her accounts of Victorian crimes make Watson's tales pale! Highly recommended for students of the Master Detective."
—Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
"In this thrilling book, E. J. Wagner has combined her considerable strengths in three disciplines to produce a work as compelling and blood-curdling as the best commercial fiction. This is CSI in foggy old London Town. Chilling, grim fun."
—John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds and Sweet Deal
"I am recommending this delightful work to all of my fellow forensic scientists.... Bravo, Ms. Wagner!"
—John Houde, author of Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists
"A fabulously interesting read. The book traces the birth of the forensic sciences to the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. A wonderful blend of history, mystery, and whodunit."
—Andre Moenssens, Douglas Stripp Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and coauthor of Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases
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About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface.
1 Dialogue with the Dead.
2 Beastly Tales and Black Dogs.
3 A Fly in the Ointment.
4 Proving Poison.
5 Disguise and the Detective.
6 The Crime Scene by Gaslight.
7 A Picture of Guilt.
8 Shots in the Dark.
9 Bad Impressions.
10 The Real Dirt.
11 Notes from the Devil.
12 A Voice in the Blood.
13 Myth, Medicine, and Murder.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a lovely read for any Holmesian/Sherlockian! It was an enormous help when I was writing a research essay on how Holmes foreshadowed the progression of forensic science, and for that I'm extremely thankful! Without it, it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable to write.
A well researched presentation of the historical development of forensic science using Sherlock Holmes to introduce the topics. More interesting reading than expected. Recommended for any SH fan of course.