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Sep 13 2007

Crime Seen by Jenny Pausacker

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Lothian Children's Books, 2007
(Age 12+) Forensic science has fascinated readers of crime fiction and this book will be a terrific introduction for younger teenage readers. Harris Johnston, intensely interested in dead bodies and true crime, decides to do his work experience at the Forensics Unit in the city. As exciting as that is, trying to find the murderer of the chief pathologist's daughter draws him into danger.
Pausacker vividly describes the Forensics Unit, but never in morbid detail, so that the reader becomes quite familiar with what happens in this type of work. Her portrayal of the Grief Counselling Unit gives an added insight into the suffering that relatives and friends go through after accidents and death. The first person narrative by Harris, who is an engaging character, keeps the reader involved with the personnel at the Unit and Seb, his best friend, family and a young reporter.
Add an exciting and absorbing murder mystery to the forensics setting and Pausacker has written a crime novel that should really appeal to teenagers.
Pat Pledger

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