A Taste for Poison

Eleven deadly substances and the killers who used them

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Pub Date 20 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 25 Jan 2022

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’Indecently entertaining.’ A Daily Mail Book of the Week

'A fascinating tale of poisons and poisonous deeds which both educates and entertains.' — Kathy Reichs

As any reader of murder mysteries can tell you, poison is one of the most enduring — and popular — weapons of choice for a scheming murderer. It can be slipped into a drink, smeared onto the tip of an arrow or the handle of a door, even filtered through the air we breathe. But how exactly do these poisons work to break our bodies down, and what can we learn from the damage they inflict?

In a fascinating blend of popular science, medical history, and narrative crime nonfiction, Dr Neil Bradbury explores this most morbidly captivating method of murder from a cellular level. Alongside real-life accounts of murderers and their crimes —some notorious, some forgotten, some still unsolved — are the equally compelling stories of the poisons involved: eleven molecules of death that work their way through the human body and, paradoxically, illuminate the way in which our bodies function.

Drawn from historical records and current news headlines, A Taste for Poison weaves together the fascinating tales of spurned lovers, shady scientists, medical professionals and political assassins, showing how the precise systems of the body can be impaired to lethal effect through the use of poison. From the deadly origins of the gin & tonic cocktail to the arsenic-laced wallpaper in Napoleon’s bedroom, A Taste for Poison leads readers on a fascinating tour of the intricate, complex systems that keep us alive — or don’t.

’Indecently entertaining.’ A Daily Mail Book of the Week

'A fascinating tale of poisons and poisonous deeds which both educates and entertains.' — Kathy Reichs

As any reader of...

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A most fascinating study of poisons, based on historical records and news headlines. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of the book.

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This is such an interesting read, I have already been recommending it to friends. It examines poisons both from the angle of how they were discovered and how they affect the human body, and the science to back these aspects up, and the use of these poisons in real life crimes. It was a fascinating read and well balanced between being factual without being dry and boring. I can’t rate it high enough

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Endlessly Fascinating…
Poison, weapon of choice, for so many murder mysteries - both of the fictional and realistic variety. This is a compelling account of such poisons and the killers that used them. Alongside the accounts of the crimes, the methods and the murderers, the author provides the medical science into how these poisons affect the human body. Perfectly compiled, eminently readable, grotesquely entertaining and endlessly fascinating. A nigh on perfect companion for any reader of crime, murder and means - beit fiction or otherwise.

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