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Monstrous Molecules: 8 Nonfiction Books about Poison

Pick your poison.

Nonfiction poison books
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  • Photo Credit: Cover of A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup
A is for Arsenic by Agatha Christie and Kathryn Harkup

A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

By Agatha Christie, Kathryn Harkup

a taste for poison by dr. neil bradbury

A Taste for Poison

By Dr. Neil Bradbury

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

By Amy Stewart, etchings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs and drawings by Jonathon Rosen

Poison by Ben Hubbard

Poison: The History of Potions, Powders and Murderous Practitioners

By Ben Hubbard

The Secret Poisoner by Linda Stratmann

The Secret Poisoner: A Century of Murder

By Linda Stratmann

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

By Deborah Blum

The Affair of the Poisons by Anne Somerset

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV

By Anne Somerset

Elements of Murder by John Emsley

The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison

By John Emsley