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Publisher's Summary

CSI Told You Lies is a surprisingly moving account of the real forensic pathologists at the frontline of Australia's major crime and disaster investigations. These are the men and women whose post-mortem examinations help the dead to speak. Along with the pathologists, Meshel Laurie, host of the Australian True Crime podcast, also speaks to the homicide detectives, defence barristers and victims' families in this groundbreaking study of the ripple effect of violent crime and largescale natural disaster.

Included in this extraordinary list of investigators are the team that convicted serial killer Peter Dupas, the man who travelled to the Netherlands as part of the victim identification team after MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin's parents, Marite and Anthony, have also spoken to Meshel, after learning for the first time about the recovery operation.

The incredible story of the identification of over 5,000 victims of the 2004 tsunami is told by a specialist who spent 12 months flying in and out of Thailand. For the first two weeks of the operation, there was no refrigeration. The same man went on to lead the victim recovery after the Black Saturday bush fires.

All of the forensic pathologists involved in the book are part of the team at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, (VIFM), a state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne created in the wake of the Lindy Chamberlain case. Victorian Premier John Cain was convinced of the need to fund VIFM by the overwhelming evidence that Mrs Chamberlain had been wrongly convicted of killing her own baby because of the failure of the forensic evidence presented at her trial. Since then, VIFM has become a world leader and team members have been called upon to lead in every major forensic recovery operation of the last 30 years, from the mass graves of Kosovo to earthquakes in Timor and Turkey.

Their daily work though, is more likely to be played out in our most horrific headlines. Former Victoria Legal Aid's Chief Counsel Tim Marsh, who defended both Eurydice Dixon and Aiia Marsaawe's killers, both of whom were convicted, talks about his close relationships with the VIFM team. He also gives Meshel a great heads up regarding some of their interesting out of hours passions, including an unlikely tango enthusiast!

After listening to CSI Told You Lies, you'll never read another homicide headline without thinking about the forensic pathologist who happened to be on call. You'll never read another story about a murder trial or an inquest without acknowledging the forensic evidence and considering the brilliance and the sacrifice of the person who submitted it. You'll never hear the terrible news of a disaster without imagining one of the characters in this book pulling a suitcase down from on top of a wardrobe and bidding farewell to their own family for who knows how long.

©2021 Meshel Laurie (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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Terrific

This book was really interesting and genuinely thought provoking. Enjoyed Meschels narration. Highly recommend.

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Great read

Absolutely loved it I needed tissues a few times. Definitely will be listening again.

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Keep your tissues handy when you listen to this book

I have listened to the Australian True Crime podcast for some time and when I saw that Meshel Laurie had written a book and it was recorded on audible I decided to give it a try. So the stories I’ve heard her cover previously but listening to it collated and presented with attention paid to the coroners helped me understand the work that they do. I was in tears more than once listening to the stories as they formed part of the news coverage thought my life. Meshel’s‘s genuine interest and engagement with the victims families shone through and I think that’s why I found it so moving.

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For every true crime, forensic enthusiast!

This was a equal parts illuminating and gripping. A gifted story teller whose passion for the subject matter shines through. Meshel’s respect and empathy for victims, their families and the professionals behind the scenes is evident from start to finish. I look forward to listening again!

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Couldn't put it down

Meshel is a wonderful storyteller. she took me on a journey, and I was able to imagine being right there, even at times when I really didn't want to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed CSI told you lies, and have a new appreciation of how forensics really works.
A really well written and narrated book.

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I wish I could give this audio book 100 stars.

what a book. kind, compassionate and so very good at giving us the interesting stuff and keeping the victims included with genuine respect. I would have loved it I'd I had read it, but listening to the author was even better.

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A must read for true crime enthusiasts !!

Just finished listening to CSI told you lies on audible..
So glad Meshel narrated it herself,as an amazing storyteller she has the gift of passing on the emotions felt by the people she has heard the story from, then passing it on to the listener.
I laughed and cried my way through the book.
What a fantastic way to highlight the role of such important people behind the scenes, the forensic pathologist. A family member of mine would have recently been one of their patients and it truely
warmed my heart,knowing such beautiful people were there to be her last Doctor.
Love your work Meshel
Kara

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Great listen

I’m a massive fan of Mishel Laurie, just loved hearing her read her own fabulous book. Such fascinating stories, and still full of heart.

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Absolutely loved it….

A great book, easy to listen to. A very respectful way to talk about the difference aspects of death rather than those we learn about in sensationalised media.

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excellent book highly recommended

Michele's writing is articulate and full of empathy. A fascinating look at this side of science and crime. 10/10

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Awesome!

As a fan I immediately got the audiobook. I was not disappointed. It is wonderfully written and narrated.

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