The Real CSI

Kate Bendelow
Who is allowed access to a crime scene? What happens when a body is discovered? Will a blood transfusion alter DNA? How can the distribution of gunshot residue inform your plot? The Real CSI - A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers answers these questions and more in a unique and exclusive insight into crime scene investigation. Using real-life examples and case studies, experienced CSI Kate Bendelow shines a light behind the yellow tape and debunks the myths popularized by the 'CSI Effect'. Each chapter explores the latest procedures in contemporary practice including: Crime Scene access and preservation; fingerprints and DNA profiling; footwear; trace evidence; Fire scenes; drugs and toxicology and, finally, firearms. Packed with insider knowledge, handy tips and compelling storylines, this is the definitive guide for all crime writers who wish to write with authenticity and authority.
The Real CSI by Kate Bendelow

About the author

Kate Bendelow has been a serving Crime Scene Investigator with Greater Manchester Police for fifteen years, during which time she has worked on countless crime scenes ranging from burglary and armed robbery, to rape, arson and murder. Kate also delivers lectures to writers seeking inside knowledge and is a creative writer and performance poet.

Press Reviews

"Every crime writer should have a copy of this book on their desk." Lynda La Plante

Every crime writer should have a copy of this book on their desk.

- Lynda La Plante

Informative and inspirational - a must have for writers who want to know their way around a crime scene.

- Erin Kelly, Bestselling Author

This marvellous book is an essential read for every crime writer, whether established or just starting out. Written in the most accessible style, The Real CSI not only explains the art of crime scene investigation and the science behind it, but provides tips on how it can be used to enrich your plots in fiendish yet credible ways.

- Graham Bartlett, Former Chief Superintendent and Advisor to Peter James