Bones Never Lie is a children s nonfiction book about forensic science and historical mysteries YAY Granted, a couple of these are pretty common mysteries that have been repeatedly solved Whether or not Anastasia Romanova survived the massacre of her family she didn t , whether Marie Antoinette s son Louis Charles died in the hands of the revolutionary guards he did, and the heart buried in the Saint Denis Basilica is almost certainly his Whether Napoleon was poisoned and King Tut murdered are also pretty common, if not necessarily solved However, MacLeod also included the mysterious death of Thailand s King Rama, which I had never heard of, and the massacre of a Mayan royal family, likewise, plus the Man in the Iron Mask, which solution is always gonna be fuck if we know So the stories are really cool.The forensic descriptions are not so much The inserts don t always match up with the chapter in that the techniques being discussed are not always in use in that particular story, and the science is a bit garbled at times Also, the book seems to promise definitive answers for these mysteries, which is impossible at this date, so it of course doesn t follow through Still, I think it s a fun middle grade book on forensic science and history that kids will likely actually want to read Plus, of course, I enjoyed myself Worth picking up from the library, perhaps. How Did King Tut Really Die The Mystery Of The Young Pharaoh S Death Is Only One Of The Puzzles That Modern Science Has Helped Solve Thanks To Forensics The Science Of Examining Physical Evidence We Now Know That King Tut Died Of Malaria We Also Know That Stomach Cancer, And Not Arsenic As Suspected, Killed Napoleon Seven Intriguing Stories About Historical Royal Figures Whose Demise Was Suspicious, And Hard Scientific Facts About Crime Solving Techniques Make Each Event Seem Like An Episode Of CSI Rather Than A History Lesson Kids Will Be Fascinated To Find Out How Scientists Use Autopsy Results, DNA Testing, Bone Fragments, And Even Insects To Determine The Cause Of Death At Times A Gripping Whodunit, At Others An Exercise In Deductive Reasoning, This Book Will Be Hard To Put Down For Any Kids Who Love Mysteries, Murder, And Suspense Read for Battle of the Books.This was fascinating and again made me wish I had a better head for science If I had read this as a kid, I probably would have worked harder, because I really wanted to go into forensics for a long time, but just don t understand chemistry enough.This goes through the different types of forensics used to identify a body and what happened to it While it can get a little graphic at times, MacLeod doesn t spend too long on the gritty details and sticks to the facts I really enjoyed it and had fun reading it, especially since she used some cases that aren t well known If you have a kid interested in becoming a detective or forensic scientist, pick up this book. 3 5 It s a nice introductory book for those who are starting to interest for the forensics science It explain very basics things like how to determine the time of the death through mysteries of historic figures The negative point is that the title of the book assures you that it will explain how these mysteries were solved by the forensics science but as you read you ll see that it doesn t offer a final answer to some of them but just theories based in the proves that were discovered by the forensics I know it s difficult because we are talking abut mysteries that occurred hundreds of years ago but being that the premise of the book I m a little disappointed. This book has a concise beginning for forensic science. More reviews at Mrs ReaderPants.RATING CONTENT BREAKDOWN Overall 5 5 My middle schoolers are going to love this book I am constantly on the lookout for middle school appropriate crime nonfiction That can sometimes be a tall order since what my students really want is sensationalized serial killer stuff, which tends to be written for adults I loved the stories of King Tut, The Man in the Iron Mask, and Princess Anastasia especially While some of the stories end with no real answer to the mystery, other answers become evident only through the forensic tests on the bodies I loved that some of the questions were not answered it goes to show that even with all the science we have today, we still don t know everything It leaves some things still up to the imagination Presentation layout 5 5 Contains lots of captions, information boxes, clean layout with lots of negative space, title page of each subsection is a bright blue background marked with crime scene tape, headers highlighted in bright yellow make them stand out Some pages present the information as if it were on a computer, tablet, or smart phone screen Quality of information 5 5 Each story is thoroughly researched Presents lots of interesting historical and scientific information in a clear, easy to read format.Photos illustrations 5 5 Includes lots of full color photos, maps, paintings, and x rays Excellent layout, and all photos include captions on orange evidence identification tags.Documentation of sources 5 5 Huge bibliography, broken down by each of the seven featured mysteries.Front and back matter 5 5 Contains TOC, Acknowledgements, glossary, Royals Time Line, Forensics Time Line, bibliography, further reading, image credits, and index.Engrossing 5 5 Each story integrates background historical information as if it were a story The mystery in each section is clearly identified, as are possible explanations for the mystery Each possible solution is explained clearly, and evidence supporting or discounting each possible answer is thoroughly examined.Writing 5 5 Writing is clear and engaging Forensic terminology is easy to understand, so middle school readers should not have any difficulty understanding what is going on.Appeal to teens 5 5 Teens are interested in forensic science, especially when there is a mystery to solve This is a current topic that will appeal to students who watch TV s Bones or HBO s Dexter.Appropriate length 5 5 Each story runs approximately 20 pages, and nearly every page features at least one full color illustration There is lots of negative space on each page, making the book easy on the eyes.THE BOTTOM LINE A must have for middle school libraries and science classrooms STATUS IN MY LIBRARY On order.READALIKES Wicked History series Written in Bone Walker CONTENT Language none Sexuality very mild brief mention of incest in King Tut s family Violence mild talk of murders, suicide Drugs Alcohol mild poisoning is a possible reason of death Other Sensitive students may not like frank discussion of bugs that inhabit dead bodies, mummies, rigor mortis, etc. Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth Macleod is a forensic look at some of the biggest murder unusual death mysteries in history With the popularity of shows like NCIS, Bones and CSI, books dealing with forensics have become extremely desired Take a mystery and add an ick factor and you have a book that won t stay on the shelves Bones Never Lie will most certainly fall into that category I really enjoyed it Elizabeth Macleod picks some very interesting history mysteries to include in her book Many of the mysteries I had at least heard that there were questions surrounding the deaths but even in those, the discussion of what current forensic techniques have been used almost always included information I had not heard I loved the story of Anastasia Romanov and was truly fascinated by the current DNA tests that have proved that Anna was not Anastasia In addition to the information included the book set up felt very put together The images accompanying the text lent to the CSI feel There were evidence bags, red script in the corners reminiscent of notes on case reports and the pull out pages looked as though they were on a tablet or computer screen I would have liked a few pictures from the actual cases but as these are all older cases it is understandable that pictures are hard to come by My one concern with the book is not a concern so much as confusion As I mentioned, many of these stories I have at least heard of and some of them I have read about before In specific, I have read about using up to date forensic investigation on the case of Napoleon s death The most recent book I read was titled Killer Wallpaper by Anna Prokos Here is my concern In Killer Wallpaper, the conclusions they came up with were very different than the conclusions in Bones Never Lie, namely the cause of Napoleon s death Both books are nonfiction, presented their conclusions as factual and the correct interpretation of the facts The bibliographies, in both, include sources that I would consider trustworthy The one source of the discrepancy of information I could discern, was that Killer Wallpaper was published in 2008 and Bones Never Lie in 2013 So this could be either a difference of opinion or a case of new information changing previous thought This is mainly concerning to me because as a school librarian, I would like my students to have the correct information In wrapping up, I really enjoyed the book and would suggest it to others 4 5 stars. Is it possible to solve a mystery that s over 3000 years old You bet it is Just like detectives solve crimes that happen today, scientists and other experts can use techniques from the field of forensics a scientific way of examining physical evidence to find clues and solve mysteries of the past Learn about fingerprinting, DNA analysis, bone analysis, autopsies, blood tests, X rays, and much as we take a look at history s mysteries of the rich and famous How did Egypt s King Tut really die Who was the Man in the Iron Mask, who was imprisoned for years with no one allowed to see his face When the Russian royal family was killed, did one daughter really escape and show up years later in Germany Did the small, shriveled up heart buried with French Queen Marie Antoinette really belong to her son Find out these answers and This book was fascinating It lays out different theories that could answer these historical myseries, walks you through the different analyses that were done, and then explains the logical conclusion Some of these stories I didn t know much about like the Man in the Iron Mask or the woman who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Others, like the story of King Tut, I had heard before but didn t know the latest research on the subject I did think that some of the explanations got a little muddled, with too much switching time periods and perspectives, but for the most part it was clear and easy to read.I would generally recommend this book for grades 5 to 8, although it will also be good for some 4th graders Anyone who likes science, history, technology, creepy stuff, or mysteries will get a kick out of this It would be particularly good for kids who want the real facts on mysterious and creepy true stories Two great readalikes would be Are You Afraid Yet The Science Behind Scary Stuff by Stephen James O Meara and Haunted Histories Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces by J.H Everett. Forensics is a science that s becoming mainstream today because of popular TV crime shows like CSI and even because of what we read and see in the news Old criminal cases are being reopened prisoners who once served time for crimes they did not commit are being released based on new evidence found using new forensic tools and technology.That s what this book is all about using modern day science to re examine some of the mysterious and famous deaths from the past.In the book, scientists reexamine the deaths of seven historical figures and using this new technology and come up with startling new conclusions.How did King Tut really die Was he murdered, or was it a fatal accident In 2005, researchers were allowed to use a CAT scan on Tut s mummy to look for clues In 2010 DNA testing was done They found out some interesting things about King Tut and came up with a new explanation for his mysterious death at a very young age It seems that a broken infected leg and a case of malaria might have played a significant part in his demise This is a fascinating book It is well written, precise, logical, with good illustrations, photos, interesting sidebars The book takes the time to explain who the person was, what the mystery was behind their death, what forensic tools were used to find new evidence, and how these tools work Then they come up with a verdict.Bones Never Lie is a combination of science book and thrilling who done it It is also a very browsable book You don t have to read it from start to finish, you can simply pick the person who most interests you.Because of the amount of text and length of book, it would be best for older readers Forensic science has been cool for years now From CSI to Dexter, being able to solve crimes based on the small details and evidence at the scene is a subject of fascination for many people Bones Never Lie caters to younger fans of forensic science, as well as those who are interested in some of history s mysteries There are plenty of illustrations, and the extra bibliographic information will be helpful for any kids that are really into the mysteries and want to delve further.I actually learned some things from this book I d never heard of the mystery behind the King of Thailand, Ananda Mahidol Three were executed for his death, but it is possible that they were merely scapegoats Also interesting was the DNA testing of a mummified heart said to have belonged to Louis XVII of France King Tut, the Man in the Iron Mask, and Anastasia are all also under consideration.While these case studies are good for showcasing investigative methodology, often the cases are too old for any sort of real conclusion to be reached I found this to be disappointing, but I m not sure if young readers will also be disappointed or will merely be excited at the mystery of it all I think this book serves as a nice introduction for the curious, but they ll be left wanting.