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As gripping as it is gruesome, How to Solve a Murder is a fascinating insight into the career of a pathologist told by experts in the field. Includes a foreword from Dr Richard Shepherd, best-selling author of Unnatural Causes

Fractured skulls. Gas masks. Brain buckets. Vats of acid. Pickled body parts. 

Not the usual tools of trade, but for chief forensic medical scientist Derek and forensic secretary Pauline they were just part of a normal day in the office inside the world-famous Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy's Hospital in London. 

Derek has played a pivotal role in investigating some of the UKs most high-profile mass disasters and murder cases. Derek's innovative work on murder cases in particular has seen him credited as a pioneer of forensic medical science, after developing groundbreaking techniques that make it easier to secure a conviction and also identify a serial killer. 

Warmly recalled and brilliantly told, these intriguing revelations will open your eyes to the dark world inhabited by those who investigate death and murder (typically most horrid) and unveil the secrets of how each case is solved.

©2021 Derek Tremain, Pauline Tremain (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Sarah K
  • 27-01-2021

Simply fascinating, I would recommend to anyone with an inquisitive mind!

I absolutely loved how easy to digest this book was. The information and the lives of Derek and Pauline was fascinating. While being crammed with information it was explained so well. This is a must for anyone who is a listener of true crime podcasts and watchers of documentaries.

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  • Lazarus
  • 21-07-2021

Not what I thought

The title of the book is misleading. It takes ages to really get going and is more about a couples stories from the lab!

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  • Jon Barton
  • 24-05-2021

Misleading title, too general and vague

This is more of a biopic of the scientists themselves than a revealing dive into the processes involved in their work. The narrators too felt unsuitable for the source material. There are moments where it really gets into the granular detail that delivers on the promises the book’s introduction makes (body mapping for example) and I found this to be a pretty unsatisfying listen.

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  • clifford
  • 17-05-2021

boring. should have been so much better.

dull and dry. lacks pace and interest. should have been so much better. monotonous very dry and boring

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  • Denise Fry
  • 18-04-2021

Wanted to like it - but nah

My biggest peeve was the female narrator, by chapter three I was cringing every time she spoke but maybe that’s just a personal thing!

I feel the book didn’t live up to its claims and gave up. There was nothing in the book that was exciting or new. I really enjoyed Sue Black’s books and Richards Shepherds, so my advice, for what it’s worth, is listen to one of them instead.

I have never left a negative review before as I definitely couldn’t write a book but here it is!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-2021

AMAZING

I really enjoyed this, there were some amazing informative parts, aswell as some laugh out loud parts. It was so great to get a look being the curtain at how real life murders are solved.

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