A is for Arsenic

A is for Arsenic
Title A is for Arsenic PDF eBook
Author Kathryn Harkup
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages 229
Release 2015-09-10
Genre Science
ISBN 1472911296

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Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016 Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up ... Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.




A is for Arsenic

A is for Arsenic
Title A is for Arsenic PDF eBook
Author Kathryn Harkup
Publisher
Pages 404
Release 2016
Genre Large type books
ISBN 9781510025509

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"Agatha 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. Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical knowledge in many of her novels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. '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."--Back cover.




The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie

The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie
Title The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie PDF eBook
Author Michael C. Gerald
Publisher
Pages 296
Release 1993-06
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN

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Poisoning occurs in over half of Agatha Christie's many novels and stories. In fact, she used a larger number and broader selection of poisons and medicines, for a wider variety of purposes, with greater frequency, ingenuity, and scientific accuracy than any other detective fiction writer. Yet very little has been written on the use of drugs, poisons, and chemicals in Christie's fiction. The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie entertainingly and authoritatively fills this gap. Michael Gerald explores the use of poisons and drugs in Christie's fiction not only to commit murder and suicide but also to incapacitate a victim, alter behavior, treat disease, or support addiction. He also analyzes her views, as expressed in her fiction and autobiography, on drug addiction, tbe health professions, the value of medicines, and scientific discoveries. Especially valuable is Gerald's exhaustive listing of all drugs, poisons, and chemicals mentioned in Christie's novels and stories, with references to the work(s) in which each appears and the ways in which each is used. Other tables list all the novels and short stories and the chemicals that are used in each. Throughout, the properties of all drugs are clearly explained so that the reader needs no special scientific or medical knowledge. The Poisonous Pen of Agatha Christie illuminates the fictional uses Christie made of her real-life experiences as a hospital drug dispenser and as a provider of nursing care. It will be of interest to fans and scholars alike.




Agatha Christie and the Guilty Pleasure of Poison

Agatha Christie and the Guilty Pleasure of Poison
Title Agatha Christie and the Guilty Pleasure of Poison PDF eBook
Author Sylvia A. Pamboukian
Publisher Springer Nature
Pages 230
Release 2022-11-12
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 3031160002

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Agatha Christie and the Guilty Pleasure of Poison examines Christie’s female poisoners in the context of Christie’s own experience in pharmacy and of detective fiction. In doing so, it uncovers an overlooked dynamic in which female poisoners deliver well-deserved comeuppance for gendered and classed wrongdoing ordinarily accepted in everyday life. While critics have long recognized male outlaws, like Robin Hood, who use crime to oppose a corrupt system, this book contends that female outlaws – witches and poisoners – offer a similar heritage of empowered femininity. Far from cozy and formulaic, Agatha Christie’s outlaw poisoners offer readers the surprising pleasures of comeuppance, and they set the stage for contemporary detective fiction writers, more recent films depicting poisoning as empowering, and even poison gardens, which are tourist destinations that offer visitors the guilty pleasure of poison.




The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie
Title The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie PDF eBook
Author Mary Anna Evans
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages 425
Release 2022-09-08
Genre Literary Criticism
ISBN 1350212490

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Nominated for the 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical / Biography The first specifically academic companion to contemporary scholarship on the work of Agatha Christie, this book includes chapters by an international group of scholars writing on topics and fields of study as various as ecocriticism and the anthropocene, popular modernism, middlebrow fiction, queer theory, feminism, crime and the state, and more. It addresses a broad selection of Christie's crime novels, as well as her short stories, literary novels written pseudonymously, and her own and others' dramatic adaptations for television, film, and the stage. Featuring unprecedented access to images and content held in Christie's personal archive, as well as a Foreword from renowned crime fiction writer Val McDermid, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Christie's work and legacy.




The Science of Agatha Christie

The Science of Agatha Christie
Title The Science of Agatha Christie PDF eBook
Author Meg Hafdahl
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Pages 234
Release 2023-09-05
Genre Science
ISBN 1510773495

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Uncover the theories behind Dame Agatha Christie's most thrilling mysteries: Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, The A.B.C. Murders, and so much more! Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Stephen King and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Agatha Christie stories and supersleuths we all know and love. Through interviews, literary and film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Science of Agatha Christie uncovers the science behind the sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections that have become an integral part of the modern murder mystery, answering such questions as: What is the science behind the poisons used to commit murders in Agatha Christie’s stories? When did crime investigation become more common as seen in Murder on the Orient Express? Has science made it possible to uncover the truth behind the investigative powers of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple? How did Agatha Christie use isolated settings to best explore the psychology of her characters? Join Kelly and Meg as they discover why sometimes the impossible must be possible!




A comme Arsenic

A comme Arsenic
Title A comme Arsenic PDF eBook
Author Kathryn Harkup
Publisher Le Masque
Pages 400
Release 2016-11-16
Genre Fiction
ISBN 2702445489

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Il y a mille et une façons de tuer. Ce n’est pas à Agatha Christie qu’on va l’apprendre. Mais à chacun ses préférences. Chez la reine du crime, le poison est la méthode qui revient le plus, au point de devenir un personnage à part entière dans ses romans. A comme Arsenic est l’abécédaire aussi glaçant que fascinant de ses choix en matières de substances létales. Loin d’être aléatoires, ils rendent compte de l’étendue de son savoir scientifique ; chaque poison possède des caractéristiques précises permettant l’obtention d’indices majeurs pour la résolution de ses intrigues. Un livre à ne pas laisser entre toutes les mains... Traduit de l’anglais par Philippe Bonnet