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Learn About The Most Subtle Murder Weapon In Oxygen Book Club's Latest Pick

In "A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them," Dr. Neil Bradbury dives into the way poisons have been used to kill over the years.

By Becca van Sambeck
Taste For Poison book cover by Neil Bradbury Ph.D

Oxygen Book Club highlights books in the crime sphere each month and features exclusive interviews, guided discussions, and more.

Many killers opt for sharp or heavy objects when it comes to selecting a murder weapon. They stab with knives, shoot off guns, bludgeon with rocks, set off flames. But other killers use a quieter and often more disturbing method of murder: 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 upon the body are explained, all through stories where they were used as a murder weapon. It's a fascinating and unique approach to a true crime read, which made it the perfect choice for Oxygen Book Club's April pick!

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

Read about everything from the disturbing origins of the gin and tonic cocktail, to the household item with arsenic in it in Napolean's home, to a murder committed via umbrella tip. Science has never been so morbidly creepy.

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

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