Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random; the chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to discovery of the murderer. Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today.
by Robert Lyman
by Fiona Veitch Smith
by Anna Lee Huber
by Mandy Morton
by Mark Boyle
by Jennifer Wells
by Peter Maughan
by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
by Ruth Goodman
by Neal Bascomb
by George Hodgman
by Cassandra Parkin
"A is for Arsenic celebrates the use of science in Christie's work. Written by Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup.
“...this book is fascinating and anyone who is interested in the myriad painful and unpleasant ways in which people can be killed will relish it.” THE TIMES
“Harkup superbly captures the texture of Christie's book, the sunshine and the surreptitious villainy.” DAILY MAIL"
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