A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup

By Kathryn Harkup

Agatha Christie's designated plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters extra frequently than the other homicide technique, with the poison itself being a primary a part of the unconventional, and her collection of lethal elements was once faraway from random; the chemical and physiological features of every poison supply important clues to discovery of the assassin. With gunshots or stabbings the reason for demise is clear, yet no longer so with poisons. How is it that a few compounds end up so lethal, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie established her wide chemical wisdom (much of it gleaned from her operating in a chemists in the course of either international wars) in lots of of her novels, yet this can be hardly favored via the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates using technological know-how in Christie's paintings. Written by way of Christie fan and learn chemist Kathryn Harkup, every one bankruptcy takes a special novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the assassin used. A is for Arsenic seems to be at why sure chemical substances kill, how they have interaction with the physique, and the feasibility of acquiring, administering and detecting those poisons, either on the time the unconventional was once written and at the present time. This publication is released as a part of the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary get together of Christie's birth.
Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. simply because its fiction doesn't suggest its all made-up ...

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