Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction
doesn't mean it's all made-up ... Agatha Christie revelled 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.
A & C Black (Childrens books)
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