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Praise for The Science of Sherlock Holmes
"Holmes is, first, a great detective, but he has also proven to be a great
scientist, whether dabbling with poisons, tobacco ash, or tire marks. Wagner
explores this fascinating aspect of his career by showing how his
investigations were grounded in the cutting-edge science of his day, especially
the emerging field of forensics.... Utterly compelling."
—Otto Penzler, member of the Baker Street Irregulars and proprietor of The
"E. J. Wagner demonstrates that without the work of Sherlock Holmes and his
contemporaries, the CSI teams would be twiddling their collective thumbs. Her
accounts of Victorian crimes make Watson's tales pale! Highly recommended for
students of the Master Detective."
—Leslie S. Klinger, Editor, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
"In this thrilling book, E. J. Wagner has combined her considerable strengths
in three disciplines to produce a work as compelling and blood-curdling as the
best commercial fiction. This is CSI in foggy old London Town. Chilling, grim
—John Westermann, author of Exit Wounds and Sweet Deal
"I am recommending this delightful work to all of my fellow forensic
scientists.... Bravo, Ms. Wagner!"
—John Houde, author of Crime Lab: A Guide for Nonscientists
"A fabulously interesting read. The book traces the birth of the forensic
sciences to the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. A wonderful blend of history,
mystery, and whodunit."
—Andre Moenssens, Douglas Stripp Professor of Law Emeritus, University of
Missouri at Kansas City, and coauthor of Scientific Evidence in Civil and