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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
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Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up... Agatha Christie reveled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of... show more
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up...

Agatha Christie reveled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random--the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781472911322 (1472911326)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Non Fiction, Science
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it
3.5 Should come with several prescriptions / warning labels:
The first caveat, obviously, being "don't ever try this at home." Most of the poisons Harkup discusses are much harder to obtain these days than in Agatha Christie's time, so for most of them the risk of being used as a murder weapon may have been mitigated in the interim, but that's not true for a...
Elentarri's Book Blog
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3.5 A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
TITLE: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie AUTHOR: Kathryn Harkup DATE PUBLISHED: 2015 FORMAT: Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781472911308 ___________________________ From the blurb: "People are fascinated by murder. The popularity of murder mystery books, TV series, and ...
BrokenTune
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5.0 A is for Arsenic - The Poisons of Agatha Christie
In a courtroom in France a few years before the murder in question, a prosecuting lawyer who was unsuccessfully trying to prove a case of murder by morphine declared thus: ‘Henceforth, let us tell would-be poisoners … use plant poisons. Fear nothing; your crime will go unpunished. There is no corpus...
Murder by Death
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4.5 A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
This one is for all the Agatha Christie fans out there who also love science. Harkup devotes a chapter to each of the 14 poisons Christie used to eliminate so many of her victims over the course of 56 years writing mysteries. In each chapter she discusses the history of each poison's discovery, i...
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