Criminal Investigation Books

Criminal Investigation Books
A list of the best criminal investigation books.

Overview and Recommendations for Criminal Investigation Books

This article provides an overview of criminal investigation books that are available through First, we’ll provide an overview and then provide a list of books that we recommend.

What is Criminal Investigation?

Criminal investigations are inquiries conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials such as police detectives, coroners, and other crime scene investigators. Criminal Investigation is considered to be an “applied science” because it involves collecting evidence, data, and information about a crime and using it to identify and apprehend a criminal.

Private investigators are often hired by private parties to investigate events associated with criminal behavior. Private investigators can use their knowledge, experience, and fact-finding skills to dig up information that the police may overlook. Detectives often work as an advocate for a person or group of persons who believe the case has not been adequately solved by law enforcement.

Private investigators with knowledge of crime scene investigation techniques can determine if the police are following proper procedures and help solve the case. However, private detectives have to tread lightly and avoid getting in the way of the police work.

List of Criminal Investigation Books

As with most other skills, investigating criminal activity is best learned through on-the-job training. However, criminal investigation books can help private investigators learn about the latest crime scene investigation techniques and procedures involved in investigating crimes. Books and audiobooks are a great way to learn new techniques such as evidence collection, photography, fingerprinting, and more.

Criminal Investigation

Criminal Investigation

This textbook provides students, private investigators, and law enforcement officers with an overview of the basics of the criminal investigating process. It explains the legal, technical, and procedural steps involved in everything from the crime scene to the courtroom.

This book is great for beginners who need an overview of the process. Whether you are just starting out, or you’re already a seasoned professional, this book will help you understand the steps in the process.

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fifth Edition

Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, Fifth Edition (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations)

Practical Homicide Investigation Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques is a guide for students of criminalistics and professionals involved with investigating homicides. The book serves as a veritable encyclopedia of a homicide investigation and serves as a great reference. You can read it from cover to cover, or just keep it on your bookshelf and pull it out when the situation warrants.

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis is a book that is great for aspiring crime scene investigators. It provides an overview of the basic foundation and fundamentals of the process and how to process and analyze behavioral evidence related to a case.

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Crime Scene Investigations TV Show

CSI Television Show on DVD – An overview of the season episodes of the popular hit TV show. If you have an interest in investigating crime scenes, this show will become one of your favorites. Also, check out NCIS and CSI: Miami.

Questions and Comments

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Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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