The Poisoner: A Story of Family Secrets
Macmillan, 2003 M10 14 - 288 páginas
Years after Dr. William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged son. Over the protests of his family, the son buried it deep in the ground, out of sight and out of reach.
Then ten-years-old, Macbeth's granddaughter Gail Bell watched the mysterious case of elixirs arrive at her home. She watched her father treat it like a poison chalice. Only decades later would she understand why: the case concealed evidence of her family's deadly secret.
In 1927, Macbeth was accused of poisoning two of his sons. He never stood trial. Bell, determined to discover how this "calm, warm, and caring" healer could become a cunning murderer-and evade detection-eventually uncovered the dark secrets that her father had tried to hide from the world. But as the unexpected twists of her investigation reveal, nothing is as straightforward as it seems.
At the same time, she explores what the crime of poisoning reveals about humanity, through the perspectives of myth, history, fiction, and the great poison trials. A pharmacist by profession, and the granddaughter of a suspected poisoner by circumstance, she is perfectly placed to revisit the cases of Cleopatra, Emma Bovary, Napoleon's doctor, Harold Shipman, and Dr. Crippen, and she is equally well-suited to chronicle the devastating effects of poison's many forms, from hemlock and belladonna to arsenic and strychnine.
Poison is at once a fascinating history of the science and sociology of poisoning, and a true, first-person account of one woman's struggle to understand its mysterious role in her own family's murderous history.
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POISON: A History and a Family MemoirCrítica de los usuarios - Kirkus
An Australian pharmacist debuts with a lively, if disorganized, story of poisonous death in her family framed within an informal history of toxic substances.In 1980, the author's great-aunt confirmed ... Leer comentario completo
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - mephit - LibraryThing
Found this book a bit incoherent: the author jumped around with anecdotes and famous poisonings in history while unfortunately allowing the thread of interest held by the mysterious deaths of her two ... Leer comentario completo
The pleasures of found glass
Ingredients for a hellbroth
The victim begins to twitch
Post mortem courtesies
Theres not much in dying
The leap from chaos
Myth and evidence
Death by misadventure
The demon nurse
The ghost in the labyrinth
A supply of white rats
Their unflinching gaze
Murder on the table
The magicians clothes
One mans meat
Dry white arsenic
Out of the coroners court
As children do
Rumour of a midnight monster