30
Oct
17

Goodreads Review: Cracking More Cases

Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes : the Michael Skakel-Martha Moxley Case, the Jonbenet Ramsey Case and Many More!Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes : the Michael Skakel-Martha Moxley Case, the Jonbenet Ramsey Case and Many More! by Henry C. Lee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dr. Lee is back again, to wow and amaze us with tales of forensic daring do in a fresh handful of cases.

The problem is, he doesn’t.

While there is some interesting material here, for the most part it felt as though the book was spent talking about all Dr. Lee’s “close and great and professional” friends, with very little in the way of actually discussing the science of the cases, which is what most readers are coming here for. He frequently spends pages upon pages explaining how a given police department screwed up (the chapter on the Ramsey case is particularly laden with this), rather than discussing the evidence that was found and provided useful or interesting.

That being said, the prose is fairly well done, clear and concise. What points he does make are laid out with relative simplicity, not requiring a degree in forensics to understand. It also serves as an interesting springboard if one wishes to delve into the cases via other research; the Martha Moxley case, in particular, proved an interesting study and Dr. Lee has provided an excellent bibliography to run down further information if the reader so desires.

Worth looking at if you’re a fan of the man, or as a starting point for further study. If you’re looking for deep insight into the Ramsey case (which is the most prominent of the cases presented here) you should probably look elsewhere, however.

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