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A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup

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A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie
Title
A is for arsenic
Title remainder
the poisons of Agatha Christie
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Kathryn Harkup
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Investigates the poisons Christie employs in fourteen of her mysteries, discussing why the poisons kill, how they interact, obtainability of such poisons, and which cases may have inspired Christie's stories
  • "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"--amazon.com
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
615.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6005.H66
LC item number
Z6785 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 330
NLM item number
H282a 2015
A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
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A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [312]-313) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A is for arsenic : Murder is easy -- B is for belladonna : The labours of Hercules -- C is for cyanide : Sparkling cyanide -- D is for digitalis : Appointment with death -- E is for eserine : Crooked house -- H is for hemlock : Five little pigs -- M is for monkshood : 4.50 from Paddington -- N is for nicotine : Three act tragedy -- O is for opium : Sad cypress -- P is for phosphorous : Dumb witness -- R is for ricin : Partners in crime -- S is for strychnine : The mysterious affair at Styles -- T is for thallium : The pale horse -- V is for veronal : Lord Edgware dies
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23 cm
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Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781472911308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)898419172

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