A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie


A IS FOR ARSENIC: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

KATHRYN HARKUP    Book Number: 86398    Product format: Hardback

In order to prepare for the Apothecaries Hall examination, Agatha Christie was tutored in practical as well as theoretical aspects of chemistry and pharmacy. 14 novels, 14 poisons, Agatha Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop to this glamorous omnibus. Just because it is fiction doesn't mean its all made up. Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims and employed it more than any other murder method. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random - the characteristics of each provide vital clues in the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons and Christie uses feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting a wide range of poisons - arsenic, belladonna, cyanide, digitalis, eserine, hemlock, monkshood, nicotine, opium, phosphorus, ricin, strychnine, thallium and veronal are among her deadly dispensary. Includes appendices with scientific diagrams and at-a-glance charts. 320pp, illus.
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