""...accessible, enjoyable, and satisfying."
There are fourteen short detective stories featured in this book, all with a common theme - the solutions to the crime involve the detectives (mostly amateur) having scientific, medical or technical knowledge. Not all date from the early years of the 20th century - those years we now call the 'golden age of crime writing' - but most do. Being short stories, they are all simply told, and centre round one puzzling murder, which makes for a short, satisfying read. The esoteric knowledge used to solve the murders range from identifying cremated bones, the habits of bees, the properties of acids, and forensic dentistry. Some well-known writers are featured here, such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Edmund Crispin, Arthur Conan Doyle and Freeman Wills Crofts. But some stories are by writers who have been long forgotten, and should be due for a revival.