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A is for Arsenic

Author: Kathryn Harkup

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Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016 Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s all made-up … Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie’s extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.show more

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Weight 222 g
Author

Kathryn Harkup

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Binding

Paperback / softback

ISBN-10

1472911326

Dimensions

198 x 130 x 20

Language

English

Country of Pub

United Kingdom

Book Condition

New

Notes

Black and white illustrations throughout

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