Bonnier Books UK is launching a new podcast series, "Listening to the Dead", with bestselling crime author Lynda La Plante and former Met detective Cass Sutherland. The series will explore the secrets of today’s real CSIs and will launch in late February.
The series will be six episodes long, over the course of which La Plante and Sutherland will investigate six branches of forensics while discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real-life crime scenes are worked and exploring famous cases and innovations in the field to demonstrate how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.
Episodes will reveal: how plant regrowth can be used to track a killer’s path months after a crime was committed; how a fly on a wall can be more than an observer; why the "sibling defence" can unravel DNA evidence; and why a dog’s nose can sniff out cases of arson that the scientists miss.
The podcast builds on the working relationship La Plante and Cass already have, achieving authentic depictions of crime scenes and police procedures in her books through combined meticulous research.
La Plante said: "I’ve always been fascinated by forensic sciences, ever since "Prime Suspect" became the first TV crime drama to mention DNA. In my books, I’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that police and forensic procedures are portrayed accurately, but it’s a constantly evolving field and one needs to keep researching to make sure one stays up to date. This podcast is helping me to do just that. I’m especially delighted to be working on this project with Cass Sutherland, someone whose knowledge and experience has been invaluable to my writing."
Jon Watt, head of Audio Bonnier Books UK, said: "Lynda La Plante has been delighting crime fans with her novels for over 40 years. One of the pillars for her remarkable success and longevity has been her fastidious research and the accuracy of her police and forensic procedures. In this podcast she gets to dig deeper into this subject she loves and to share some stories from her long career as the Queen of Crime Drama."
La Plante moved to Zaffre after 30 years at Simon & Schuster in 2016.