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 critical a part of the unconventional, and her selection of lethal components used to be 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 apparent, yet no longer so with poisons. How is it that a few compounds turn out so lethal, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie verified 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 ever liked through the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates using technological know-how in Christie's paintings. Written via Christie fan and study chemist Kathryn Harkup, every one bankruptcy takes a unique novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the assassin used. A is for Arsenic appears at why convinced chemical compounds kill, how they have interaction with the physique, and the feasibility of acquiring, administering and detecting those poisons, either on the time the unconventional used to be written and at the present time. This e-book is released as a part of the a 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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