There is a wide variety of Forensic Science books, it depends upon the degree you are pursuing be it bachelors or masters or research. For the core subject, we personally suggest Indian authors like B.R. Sharma, Dr. (Mrs.) Rukmani Krishnamurthy, Dr. Anil Aggarwal, Gurdeep Chatwal, Modi, and Foreign authors like Saferstein, and Osborn.

However, for decreasing your confusion and making it easy for you, we have listed some of the best books for the students.

Top 10 Forensic Science Books for Reference

1. Introduction to Forensic Science in Crime Investigation

This book was written by Rukmani Krishnamurthy and published in 2015. This book deals with detailed topics of forensic.

The topics of discussion are Crime, Crime Scenes, Crime Scenes in Natural Disasters, people involved in Investigation, Crime Scene Management, First Responding Officers, Protection of the Crime Scene, Reconstruction of the Crime scene, Scientific Survey, and Documentation of Crime Scene, Physical Evidence, Forensic Biology, DNA Profiling, Forensic Toxicology, Alcohol, and Illicit Liquor, Narcotics & other Drugs, Arson & Bride Burning Cases, Explosives, Adulteration in Petroleum Products and Constructional materials, Firearm Cases, Motor Vehicle Crimes, Impression & physical evidence, Q.D., and Fingerprints.

2 The Essentials of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

This book provides students with comprehensive coverage of medicine and toxicology and their use in the field of forensics. This book is essential for undergraduate medical students to give them a detailed idea in these fields.

This book was written by K.S. Narayan Reddy and was published in 2017. This book has been one of the backbones for the students to build their foundation. It clears the basic knowledge and helps in making your base stronger.

The book deals with different aspects of medicine and toxicology and their use in criminal investigations.

3. Forensic Science in Criminal Investigation and Trials

This book is intended to assist the criminal justice system to understand the potentialities, the limitation, and the process of Forensic Science. Forensic Science complex topics are written in a Non-Technical language making it easy to understand concepts are explained with the help of applicable statutes and judgments adopts a lucid and analytical approach new to this edition updated with the latest tools and techniques developed after the publishing of the previous edition includes new concepts introduced in the area of Forensic Science updated with latest legal position and landmark judgments redundant content is deleted to maintain relevance to the topic.

This book was written by B.R. Sharma and published in 2020.

4. Forensic Science in Criminal Investigation & Court Evidence

This is a complete book of all forensic science points like expert evidence, Tool Marks Evidence, Drugs and Narcotics evidence, Alcohol, and different investigation processes like Fraud, Fingerprint, Paints, and Documents Examination.

It was written by V.N. Sehgal and published in 2018. It includes the applied aspects of different fields of science including photography, Ballistics, voice speaker identification, Narco analysis, etc. In this book, the author keeps in mind to include the requirements of experts employed in Forensic Laboratories, practicing lawyers, and students of forensic Science as well.

5. Forensic Science in Crime Investigation

In the new edition of this book, two new chapters have been added, one on relevant laws and Court rulings on Expert Evidence, and the other on cybercrime. The author added feature of the book is the inclusion of objective-type questions at the end of each chapter, which, it is hoped, will arouse interest and understanding of the topics covered in the book.

The book was written by B.S. Nabar and published in 2019.

6. Criminalistics: Introduction to forensic Science

Written by a very well-known author Richard Saferstein in 2003, this text introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science. Through applications to criminal investigations, clear explanations of the techniques, and the abilities and limitations of modern crime labs, this book covers the comprehensive realm of forensics. 

This textbook strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist.  Combining case stories with applicable technology, Criminalistics captures the excitement of forensic science investigations.

7. Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing

This book is written with a broad point of view on DNA typing. The book elaborates on the methods and use of DNA typing in Forensics. It encompasses current forensic DNA analysis methods, as well as biology, technology, and genetic interpretation. It also explains different methods for testing DNA from the samples using extraction, quantitation, amplification, and statistical interpretation of DNA.

Written by John M. Butler in 1974, this book gives a broad idea on DNA and its importance in criminal investigations.

8. Firearms in Criminal Investigation & Trials

Arms in Criminal disquisition and Trials lays down the intricate angles of Forensic Ballistics and is designed to feed the need of all professionals involved in the dispersion of justice and scholars of Forensic Ballistics. All the case histories, illustrations, and photos in apt places make the subject lucid and fluently comprehensible. This new edition is completely streamlined with refreshed content.

This book is written by B.R. Sharma in 2017.

9. A Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology

The revised edition of this book traces comprehensively all major developments in the field of law and forensic medicine. Medico-legal aspects of rape have been re-examined, keeping in mind the concerns of the academic community on sensitive gender issues.

The section on Toxicology has been extensively updated to make it more useful to forensic scientists and analytical chemists. This book is an essential reference for medical and legal professionals, forensic medicine experts, judges, law enforcement and investigating agencies, teachers, scholars, legislators, and social scientists.

It was written by J.P. Modi in 2016.

10. Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis

This book is the ideal reference work for all undergraduate and postgraduate students of chemistry, biochemistry, industrial chemistry, environmental science, pharmacy, microbiology, biotechnology, geology, materials science, and related disciplines.

This book is also useful for anyone who uses chemical analysis in their work. With this book, users can find information about the most instrumental techniques in an understandable form, simplifying decisions about which instrumental techniques can provide the information they are seeking on chemical composition and structure.

It was published in 2006 and was written by Gurdeep Chatwal & Sham Anand.


As a student of Forensic science, you must read these to get in touch with the actual work of Forensic investigators because the feeling to be in that position and judge a criminal can only be felt from books.

As a reader of these books, I suggest you all read these at least once. If you have read any of them, do write your views in the comment section.

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