Oxygen Book Club’s April Pick: A Taste for Poison


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Many killers opt for sharp or heavy objects when it comes to choosing a murder weapon. They stabbed with knives, shot with guns, bludgeoned with stones, lit flames. But other killers use a quieter and often more disturbing method of killing: poison.

In Dr Neil Bradbury’s new book “A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them” 11 different poisons and their effects on the body are explained, along with stories where they were used as a murder weapon. It’s a compelling and unique take on true crime reading, which made it the perfect pick for Oxygen Book Club’s April Pick!

Dr. Bradbury illustrates exactly how poisons begin to work from a molecular level to how the body reacts at the very end. He chooses famous and well-known murders, but also intriguing and unusual murders – in fact, some have never even been solved. Scientific background and historical narratives help shape each story.

Read about everything from the disturbing origins of the gin and tonic cocktail, to the arsenic-containing household item in Napoleon’s house, to a murder committed via an umbrella. Science has never been so scary and morbid.

“A Taste For Poison” is a truly unforgettable book, one where you really learn something new. Read with Oxygen Reading Club, and keep an eye out for our video interviews with the authors, as well as guided discussion questions. Good reading!


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