Poções de Agatha: Arsênico, Ricina, Digitalina e outros venenos em novo livro

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Todos os venenos usados por Agatha Christie nos livros nesta edição em inglês, saindo hoje de 74,15 por R$ 35,24. Achei bem interessante! O livro foi escrito pela química Kathryn Harkup, que analisa em cada capítulo um livro diferente e investiga o veneno usado pelo assassino. Alguém já leu? Mais aqui: amzn.to/2AiN425

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.

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