A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - download pdf or read online

By Kathryn Harkup

Agatha Christie's specified 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 principal a part of the unconventional, and her selection of lethal ingredients used to be faraway from random; the chemical and physiological features of every poison offer very important clues to discovery of the assassin. With gunshots or stabbings the reason for loss of life is clear, yet no longer so with poisons. How is it that a few compounds turn out so lethal, and in such tiny amounts?

Christie proven her broad chemical wisdom (much of it gleaned from her operating in a chemists in the course of either global wars) in lots of of her novels, yet this is often infrequently favored via the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates using technological know-how in Christie's paintings. Written by way of Christie fan and learn chemist Kathryn Harkup, each one bankruptcy takes a unique novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the assassin used. A is for Arsenic seems at why sure chemical substances 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 publication 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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