Mystery on Main Street

A Is For Arsenic

Sold out.

By Kathry Harkup

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.

Welcome

119 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT | 802-258-2211 | info@mysteryonmain.com Thank you for visiting Mystery on Main Street Bookstore. We are a small, independent, brick and mortar shop that specializes in mystery, crime and suspense fiction. Our hours are: Monday-Friday noon - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.