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If You Like CSI...

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If you like books that feature forensic experts doing crime scene investigations from a number of scientific perspectives —archaeological, anthropological, geological, medical and psychological—try one of these:

1st To Die by James Patterson (MYS PAT)

Four women friends—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant DA, and a crime desk reporter—form a Women's Murder Club to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco.

Amnesia by G.H. Ephron (MYS EPH)

An amnesiac woman who is shot and left for dead begins to slowly remember details of the crime, details that implicate her ex-husband, while forensic psychologist Dr. Peter Zak attempts to separate truth from fantasy.

Blindsight by Robin Cook (COO)

When forensic pathologist Dr. Laurie Montgomery investigates a series of fatal "overdoses" she uncovers an underground black market transplant business.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (MYS SLA)

Pediatrician and coroner Dr. Sara Linton, her ex-husband and chief of police Jeffrey Tolliver, and detective Lena Adams are on the case when a sadistic rapist and murderer begins targeting women in Grant County, Georgia.

Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver (MYS DEA)

Once the nation's foremost criminologist and the ex-head of NYPD forensics, quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme abandons his forced retirement and recruits rookie cop Amelia Sachs to track down a vicious serial killer.

Dangerous Attachments by Sarah Lovett (MYS LOV)

After evaluating sociopathic inmate Lucas Watson, forensic psychologist Sylvia Strange finds him unfit for release, making her the target of the entire Watson clan.

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs (MYS REI)

As forensic scientist Temperance Brennan works on the dismembered remains of a murder victim, she begins to suspect--despite the skepticism of local police--that there is a link between this homicide and the torture-killing of a teenager several years earlier.

Denial by Keith Ablow (MYS ABL)

A psychological thriller pits forensic psychologist Frank Clevenger against a homeless schizophrenic who confesses to a grisly murder.

Earth Colors by Sarah Andrews (MYS AND)

Forensic geologist Em Hansen, asked to investigate a famed painting that may be a counterfeit, discovers that she is on the trail of a murderer when her client's family begins to show signs of being poisoned.

The Face of Deception by Iris Johnasen (JOH)

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is persuaded by billionaire magnate John Logan to reconstruct the face of an adult murder victim. The job turns dangerous as she is left in a specially equipped lab in rural Virginia surrounded by surveillance cameras and tapped phones while dealing with Logan who is at once ruthless, charming, and desperate.

Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins (MYS ELK)

Gideon Oliver, linguistics expert and professor of physical anthropology at Heidelberg University, finds himself caught up in a mystery involving murder, secret agents, international intrigue, and espionage as he hunts for a traitor while lecturing at U.S. army bases in Germany and Italy.

Haunted Ground: A Crime Novel by Erin Hart (MYS HAR)

The Irish landscape holds secrets past and present as archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin encounter a mystery when a decapitated woman is found in the bogs.

Lovely in Her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb (MYS MCC)

Student archaeologist and amateur detective Elizabeth MacPherson and her new boyfriend Milo stumble into a baffling case of murder at an ancient Indian burial site in the Appalachians.

Shiny Water by Anna Salter (MYS SAL)

Working on a difficult child custody case in Vermont in which a father is suspected of molesting his two small children, North Carolina native and forensic psychologist Michael Stone doubts her instincts when the children are murdered in their mother's house after the father is awarded custody.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (GER)

A female heart surgeon, terrorized by a serial killer in Boston using the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in Savannah, works with detective Jane Rizzoli to solve the crime while trying to stay alive.