Murder mystery novels, like a poison, a very addictive poison

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013

Poisons, of all sorts, were the ingredients that gave the novels written by late British crime writer Agatha Christie their kick:

I’ve been reading Christie and admiring her devious plotting since I was a teenager given to raiding my mother’s prized collection of murder mysteries. Her work and others from the 1920s and 1930s, a era sometimes called the golden age of detective fiction, always fascinated me. The wickedness of the poisons, the cold calculation of the poisoners in the stories, all influenced my own non-fiction book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, which takes a narrative look at forensic toxicology in that same time period.

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