Tuesday Teaser: A is for Arsenic

Posted September 15, 2015 by Stormi in Memes / 20 Comments

BMR,TeaserTuesdayHere are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

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A is for Arsenic

People are fascinated by murder. The popularity of murder mystery books, TV series, and even board games shows that there is an appetite for death, and the more unusual or macabre the method, the better. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but poisons are inherently more mysterious. How are some compounds so deadly in such tiny amounts?

Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other crime fiction writer. The poison was 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 the discovery of the murderer. Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge (much of it gleaned by working in a pharmacy during both world wars) in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader.

Written by former research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison used by the murderer. Fact- and fun-packed, 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 when Christie was writing and today.

I don’t read much in the way of non-fiction but when I do it would be this kind of novel. πŸ™‚ I haven’t had a chance to start it yet but I really want too and I seen a review yesterday that refreshed my memory on how I need to read it. LOL

The name ‘arsenic’ has become almost synonymous with poison – it could be argued that it represents the gold standard of criminal poisoning. Arsenic has a long and illustrious history of murder and assassination, stretching from the time of the Ancient Greek to the present day.
Page 19 or 4% into the eARC

Tease me with your reads!Β 

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20 responses to “Tuesday Teaser: A is for Arsenic

    • Stormi

      I haven’t read any, but this sounded cool and I figured that by the end of it I might have a hankering for some Agatha Christie reads. πŸ™‚

  1. This sounds like something I would really enjoy. I love Agatha Christie and mysteries. I don’t often read nonfiction, but I do enjoy it from time to time. This sounds so fascinating.

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