September 16, 2016

When There's Toxin in the Text: Some Cites To Agatha Christie's Uses of Poisons in Her Mysteries

I should have published this post yesterday, on the anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, but no harm, no foul, so to speak.

As you may know, Mrs. Christie worked in a hospital dispensary during the First World War, where she first learned a great deal about drugs--and poisons, and she used that information to great advantage in her many mystery novels. Fiction and pharmaceuticals worked quite well for her, from her very first publication, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. A good many of her works deal with some kind of poison as a weapon of death, as scholars point out.

Erin Blackmore writes more about Dame Agatha's real life knowledge and her use of it in her literary career in her essay for JSTOR Daily, Agatha Christie, Pharmacist.

More about poison in Agatha Christie from The Guardian, here from The New Yorker, HubPages, and Wired.

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