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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

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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
Statement of responsibility
Kathryn Harkup
Title variation
Poisons of Agatha Christie
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Agatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being 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 discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but not so with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge (much of it gleaned from her working in a chemists during both world wars) in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates the use of science in Christie's work. Written by Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the murderer used. 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 at the time the novel was written and today. This book is published as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Christie's birth. Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because its fiction doesn't mean its all made-up ..
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
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10446365
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BT
Dewey number
615.9
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the poisons of Agatha Christie
Label
A is for arsenic : the poisons of Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781472911315
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations;
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781472911315
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
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781472911315
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations;
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781472911315

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