Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Poisoner's Bookshelf

Poison. Yum. Turns out that when it comes to real-life murdering it's probably not all that common, but in mystery fiction it's long been a tried and true favorite. I recently wrote an article for Criminal Element called The Poisoner's Bookshelf. As the name suggests, it's a look at a number of books on the topic.

If you’re going to get bumped off outside the pages of a mystery novel, chances are pretty good that you won’t be the victim of poison. It’s more likely that you’ll be shot, stabbed, or clubbed. As of 2008, according to the Department of Justice, the most popular methods of doing away with someone in the United States were guns, knives, and blunt objects, in that order. Poisoning fell into the sixth-ranked All Other category along with other miscellaneous means of mayhem such as explosives and narcotics.


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