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For April 2022, Oxygen Book Club dived into a very specific kind of murder method: poison. In Dr. Neil Bradbury's book, "A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them," specific types of poison are explored through a true crime in which they were used. The cases include people who murdered for wealth, doctors who murdered patients, and even the death of an alleged former KGB agent, revealing the exact ways these poisons attack the body.
Once you've finished reading the book yourself, consider examining these discussion questions with your friends:
1. Why did you initially pick up this book? Were you interested in the concept of how poisons work or more interested in learning about real-life murders?
2. Had you heard of any of the stories featured in this book before? What other tales of poison used as a murder weapon do you know?
3. Dr. Bradbury noted it's a misconception mostly women use poison to kill. Were you surprised to learn that? Why or why not?
4. The book uses a murder story to illustrate the way a different kind of poison works. Did this format work for you? Would you have preferred more science, or more history?
5. Which murder did you find the most shocking or disturbing? Which poison would you be most afraid of encountering?
6. Some of the murders featured in the book have yet to be solved. What did you think of Dr. Bradbury's hypothesis surrounding these cases?
7. This book is filled with interesting scientific and historical tidbits. Which facts will you share with others?
8. Poison is easier to trace now with technology. Do you think it's still a common murder method, or that means it's less likely to be used?
9. Dr. Bradbury points out it's much more likely to be accidentally poisoned than deliberately. How can you protect yourself and what should you do in these cases?
10. Would you recommend this book to a true crime fan? Why or why not?
And if you have more thoughts let us know! Use the hashtag #oxygenbookclub to keep the discussion going on social media.
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