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

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

Label
A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie
Title
A is for arsenic
Title remainder
the poisons of Agatha Christie
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Harkup
Title variation
Poisons of Agatha Christie
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harkup, Kathryn
Dewey number
615.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Bloomsbury Sigma series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christie, Agatha
  • Poisons
  • Poisons in literature
Label
A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781472911308
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
bl2015034406
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898419172
Label
A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781472911308
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
bl2015034406
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)898419172

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