Poison: A History and a Family Memoir (2020)

Poison: A History and a Family Memoir Gail Bell Poison A History and a Family Memoir Years after Dr William Macbeth died his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged son Over the protests of his family the son buried it deep in the ground out of sight and out of reach Then ten
  • Title: Poison: A History and a Family Memoir
  • Author: Gail Bell
  • ISBN: 9780312306793
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
Poison: A History and a Family Memoir Gail Bell Years after Dr William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged son Over the protests of his family, the son buried it deep in the ground, out of sight and out of reach.Then ten years old, Macbeth s granddaughter Gail Bell watched the mysterious case of elixirs arrive at her home She watched her father treat it like a poison chalice Only decades lYears after Dr William Macbeth died, his ornate medicine case passed to his estranged son Over the protests of his family, the son buried it deep in the ground, out of sight and out of reach.Then ten years old, Macbeth s granddaughter Gail Bell watched the mysterious case of elixirs arrive at her home She watched her father treat it like a poison chalice Only decades later would she understand why the case concealed evidence of her family s deadly secret.In 1927, Macbeth was accused of poisoning two of his sons He never stood trial Bell, determined to discover how this calm, warm, and caring healer could become a cunning murderer and evade detection eventually uncovered the dark secrets that her father had tried to hide from the world But as the unexpected twists of her investigation reveal, nothing is as straightforward as it seems.At the same time, she explores what the crime of poisoning reveals about humanity, through the perspectives of myth, history, fiction, and the great poison trials A pharmacist by profession, and the granddaughter of a suspected poisoner by circumstance, she is perfectly placed to revisit the cases of Cleopatra, Emma Bovary, Napoleon s doctor, Harold Shipman, and Dr Crippen, and she is equally well suited to chronicle the devastating effects of poison s many forms, from hemlock and belladonna to arsenic and strychnine.Poison is at once a fascinating history of the science and sociology of poisoning, and a true, first person account of one woman s struggle to understand its mysterious role in her own family s murderous history.
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  1. Jessica

    Things I don t need 1 A true crime book that turns into the history of poison.2 A nonfiction book that uses over the top flowery language better suited for a Harelequinn Novel.3 To know the dictionary s definition of executed Any author still using this tranisition trick should be executed from the literary world unless they are in fifth grade and writing an essay on government.4 Random vignettes of random people who have poisoned other random people in the past with random poisons.5 An almost 4 [...]

  2. Fishface

    This was not the book I expected a pharmacist writing about a double murder in her family as someone with a personal connection to a poisoning case The author ranges all over true crime, history, even mythology and folk tales as they relate to poisoning Beautifully written almost poetic Highly recommended.

  3. Roberta Guthrie

    A family secret,a mystery and a history of poisonAt the heart of Bell s beautifully written tale of family tragedy is the family secret her Grandfather murdered his sond possibly another child years earlier Certainly that s what the family believes , as well as half the town at the time But did he Was his child s tragic death the accidental poisoning the coroner said it was Using her expertise as a chemist and her extensive knowledge of poisons Bell attempts to solve her family s mystery and als [...]

  4. Deb

    Cocktail party tidbits of knowledge are scattered through here, interweaving with an indepth look at the poisonous family history of the author s own clan Like many of the non fiction books I read, I took my time savoring the knowledge intake too long and had to return it to the library before finishing.Still, I met a boy because I knew the nitty gritty details of how Cleopatra killed herself So there s that This will definitely rotate back someday and I ll finish the whole thing, but I ve got t [...]

  5. Marilyn

    Fascinating topic You may notice that I ve read another book on poison A few interesting stories of historical poisoners But lots and lots of the very sort of flowery language the author deparages Probably not worth the effort It seems as though the author wanted to write a really compelling story about a poisoning incident in the family But she didn t have much material to go on, so she just wanders around the general topic A frustrating read.

  6. Sharon Skinner

    Interesting read Nice threading of information through a personal journey into a dark family history.

  7. Autumn

    Fascinating tell not tail of a pharmacist s family history with poisons.You ve heard of pyromaniac fireman about a serial killing apothecary

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