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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 320 pages.

A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup

The Belladonna chapter is much shorter than the Arsenic chapter, and I raced through it last night.  I know the basic gardener-level stuff about Belladonna, the nightshade family and atropine but I appreciated the refresher on the alkaloid's interactions with the body at a cellular level.  Even though I read the book for the first time last year, I'm benefitting enormously from the re-read; so much of the chemistry didn't stick the first time around.  I particularly like how she covered atropine as a poison and an antidote, clearly illustrating the fine line between a substances ability to be a saviour, or an executioner.