Murder and Mayhem

Murder and Mayhem

A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers

Book - 2003
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InMurder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, Dr. D. P. Lyle culls the best of his popular "The Doctor Is In" question-and-answer column for the Mystery Writers of America, in which he answers medical and forensic questions from writers all over the country. A frequent advisor to published mystery writers, as well as writers for TV shows such asLaw and Order, Dr. Lyle tackles subjects such as traumatic injuries, doctors and hospitals, weapons of death, poisons and drugs, police and the crime scene, the coroner and the crime lab, and more. In extremely organized and accessible detail, he answers questions spanning a wide range: Do pupils shrink or enlarge with death? Can X rays be copied? Can ingested cocaine kill? How soon do strangulation bruises appear? Lively and accessible, this solid reference book is bound for every mystery writer's shelf.
Publisher: New York, NY : Thomas Dunne : 2003
ISBN: 9780312309459
Branch Call Number: 808.3 L988m
Characteristics: 278p illus


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Mar 08, 2006

When I first saw this book, I couldn''t help remember Cary Grant in the movie Suspicion questioning a local mystery author for the perfect murder scenario. He was fascinated to see if she knew of a poison that could not be detected either by the victim or by the coroner! Well, I am sorry to say that answer is not in here, as far as I will tell, but many other strange modes of murder are! If you want to know if something could happen, and not should or would, to a person in a certain scene and if they would live or not, then you will find this fascinating reading. For instance, can a person with broken ribs swim? Can opium addiction make someone out of control? Or can a coroner tell the cause of death a month afterwards? These are questions that people who write and people who love to read mysteries find incredibly engrossing. Now will you sleep with one eye open?!

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