Kelly Maher


The Poisoner’s Handbook

A few years ago, I stumbled across this book by Deborah Blum. Frankly, I don’t quite remember how I came across it, but I think it was through my part-time work at one of the local public libraries. I got a library copy to skim through, and was sucked in. I’m not a huge reader of non-fiction, but Deborah Blum can spin a damn good story. I admit to being predisposed to everything this book has: forensic science, Prohibition, tales of historical crimes. All of these high points would be nothing without a good storyteller. In fact, the current novel project was partially inspired by what I learned from reading TPH. On Tuesday, PBS ran the documentary made based on the book as part of their American Experience series. I loved the book, and I loved the documentary. I highly recommend watching it if you have a chance, and read the book if you like what you see!

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