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January 28, 2024

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Harper Collins
Genre - Non-Fiction
Publishing year - 2021
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-5422-429-4
Pages - 338

Dead Men Tell Tales: The Memoir of a Police Surgeon by Dr B. Umadathan

Book Review - 

Dead Men Tell Tales by Dr. B. Umadathan, ably translated by Priya K. Nair, invites readers into the enigmatic world of forensic science through the eyes of Kerala's most celebrated forensic surgeon. Initially published in Malayalam as Oru Police Surgenote Ormakkurippukal in 2010, this gripping memoir unravels the mysteries behind some of the state's most infamous cases.

The book invites readers into the mind of Dr. B. Umadathan, affectionately known as the Sherlock Holmes of Kerala. Through a series of chilling and, at times, downright bizarre cases, the author demonstrates the power of forensic science in unraveling the stories of the deceased. The narrative explores some of the most perplexing cases that the author had investigated.

This book's ability to captivate readers with the macabre details makes it particularly engaging. The author's storytelling is both vivid and evocative, providing a close-up look at the intricacies of his profession. The book is not for the faint of heart, as it skillfully delves into the darker aspects of the human experience. It is advisable to read this book slowly, allowing the gravity of the narratives to sink in. 

Fans of the Dexter series will find themselves at home within the pages of this memoir as the forensic cases are reminiscent of the gripping and intense atmosphere portrayed in the popular television series. The author expertly weaves together elements of suspense and crime with reality.

One of the standout features of the book is the wealth of information it provides about the human body and forensic procedures. Dr. B. Umadathan's expertise shines throughout, wearing the mysteries beneath the surface.

I particularly enjoyed his recollection of his time spent in Libya. Overall, this book is captivating for true crime and mystery fans or those interested in forensic science. Just be prepared to take it slow, as stories' darkness leaves a lasting impression.

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