9 Best Mystery Books Every Forensic Student Must Read

9 Best Mystery Books Every Forensic Student Must Read

Forensic investigation in a crime is a treat to watch, the strategies, approach and techniques used by the investigators to link every minute of evidence with the suspect and victim. There are a lot of criminal mystery books available in the market nowadays with some best stories.

Forget about TV series, movies on crime thrillers, a book can have a significant effect on the mindset of the people. Along with the several benefits of reading books, it will also enhance your imagination, creativity and attentiveness. There are fantastic characters in the books and the excitement to reach the end of the story, page-by-page is a treat to read. Virtual investigations are not as exciting as these.

Some of the best mystery books for forensic students are:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles
  2. The murder of Roger Ackroyd
  3. The killer of Little shepherds: A true crime story & birth of Forensic science
  4. Killer in the shadows: Monstrous crimes of Robert Napper
  5. The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  6. White Bones
  7. The woman in white
  8. The curious incident of the dog in night time
  9. The Firm

These mystery books have a thriller story to shake you from inside and create an intense environment around you while reading. All these mystery books are highly rated and a must read for everyone.

9 best mystery books you must read

The Hound of the Baskervilles

One of the classic books to have ever been written with the lead character of Sherlock Holmes. As a forensic student, everyone must have heard about Sherlock Holmes, an intelligent and unpredictable detective, a character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book is one of the 4 books written by him with crime, mystery and even a hint of supernatural powers.

This is one of those books which can never bore you, no matter how many times you read. The story of this book revolves around the Baskerville family, which is supposed to be cursed due to the events which take place on melancholy moor of Devonshire.

And with this little hint of superstition, the story becomes as much exciting. If you are a lover of crime, thriller and, mystery books, this book is definitely for you and is also recommended for children as well.

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The murder of Roger Ackroyd

One of the brilliant mystery books with a brilliant twist and ploy after the Sherlock Holmes series. The author Agatha Christie took her imagination and creativity to a whole different level. Even though, I knew the story before reading, the secrets, twists, and turns all came as a surprise. This novel changed the whole mystery writing which was agreed by most of the writers rating it one of the best.

The story revolves around the murder of Roger Ackroyd who had too much information about his lover who poisoned her first husband, and then she died due to overdose. As the time passed, he came in the possession of more information which ultimately led to his untimely death. As the detective Hercule Poirot solves the murder, it becomes a wild ride for the readers.

This book is worth reading if you are into crime fiction. You can buy this book in the link. (Click here)

The killer of Little shepherds: A true crime story & birth of Forensic science

This book is written by Douglas Starr which includes the true crime story of a serial murderer Joseph Vacher who terrorized the French countryside at the end of the nineteenth century. This book was high recommended by Jim Fraser, a veteran in Forensic investigations.

The story revolves around the horror that struck the France by Joseph who killed twice the number of people Jack the Ripper did and eluded the authorities for years and the story of prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne one of the most renowned criminologist who stopped Joseph. The author shows how Alexander and his colleagues were building Forensic science and capturing of Joseph Vacher was foundation during that time.

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Killer in the shadows: Monstrous crimes of Robert Napper

This book was written by Laurence Alison and Marie Eyre which consists of the story of modern Jack the Ripper who committed monstrous crime of murdering Rachel Nickel in 1992 in Old Bailey. The killer had stabbed the woman 47 times even after she was dead.

The book shows how the police screwed up the investigation and linked an innocent man with the murders. The case was closed soon when the court was appalled by it and thrashed the case out.

The remained one of the biggest investigative failings of Metropolitan police. When the case was reopened in 2006, soon it was found that another woman was murdered with similar modus operandi and soon the crimes were linked with Robert Napper.

The crimes were so horrific that at least one of the persons working in crime scene never worked again. You can buy this book in the link. (Click here)

The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The book was written by Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote a thrilling masterpiece and one of the best mystery books for everyone. It is one of the best short books with classic horror story starting slowly at the beginning with a normal setup and ending with some strange events.

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a mysterious one with a strange connection between them keeping the readers at bay who are eager to find the truth of Mr. Hyde. It is a perfect example that, we should never judge a book by its cover because we never know the true nature of a person.

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White Bones

Written by Graham Masterton is an ancient Irish mystery book of a modern day killer who is a ritualistic. One day in Meagher’s farm dismembered bones of 11 women were found whose bodies dates back to 1915 and according to the reports they were all skinned alive.

But then a horrific incident shooks the police department when a young woman was abducted and her bones were found in a same manner, arranged in a pattern. Since, the past crimes are reflecting and the criminal might snab another victim, the Detective Katie Maguire must solve the case sooner.

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The woman in white

In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop… There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white.”

The book was written by Wilkie Collins. The book starts with the encounter of Walter Hartright who meets a woman dressed all in white from top to bottom in a moonlit road in Londin. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery book one of the biggest successes of nineteenth century.

Wilkie Collins another mystery book “The moonstone” was the finest of the detective stories ever written but this book was the foundation of other success of the author as the world came to know about the imagination of Collins. You can buy this book in the link. (Click here)

The curious incident of the dog in night time

It is an outstanding mystery book written by Mark Haddon. The story revolves around a 15-year old boy Christopher who had Asperger’s syndrome who had a great knowledge of Maths but a very little about humans. He loves very few things and hates small things like being touched and colours like green and yellow.

He had never been on his own even to the other side of the road but soon sets towards a horrifying and an unimaginable journey when he finds the dog of neighbour murdered. This book shows how this journey will turn his world upside down. You can buy this book in the link. (Click here)

Anatomy of a murder

Published in 1958, this book soon became the number one bestselling mystery book of America written by Robert Traver. It is one of the most popular novels of that time along with the popular courtroom drama in an American fiction.

A gripping tale of deceit, murder, and a sensational trial, Anatomy of a Murder is unmatched in the authenticity of its settings, events, and characters. This new edition should delight both loyal fans of the past and an entire new generation of readers.

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Mystery books are one of a kind that keeps you engaged until the last moment also testing your patience as the story comes to a conclusion. The twist, plot and the secrets are the one to look out for in these books.

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

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

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