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Serita Stevens , Anne Bannon
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January 9, 2007 158297456X 978-1582974569

Discover Deadly Doses to Kill Off Characters

The readers of your crime and mystery stories should be trying to figure out "whodunit"—not wondering why your facts don't make sense. If you want to kill off characters with something poisonou

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About the Author

Serita Stevens is a registered nurse who works as a clinical director and as a legal nurse investigator on medical-related cases. She also helps film companies medically bullet proof their scripts, and her book, The Forensic Nurse, has been optione

Product Details

  • Series: Howdunit
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158297456X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974569
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Writers November 30, 2009
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I originally purchased this book to serve as one of several references for a book I was writing for NaNoWriMo ([...]) but it turned into the only reference I really needed. There is lots of very good information available in an easy to understand form. While I learned that killing someone with rhubarb leaves was just not conceivable, unless they had a really odd rhubarb allergy, I could rather easily accomplish the same goal using oleander. And I learned that the authorities are smart enough to look for oleander poisoning in suspicious circumstances. Like I said, lots of good information for writers.

The book very specifically states that the information contained therein is not to be used to break any known or future laws and that the information is to be used for reference for writing and other mind games. (I am paraphrasing wildly.) Good book. Worth every nickel.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friggin'. Awesome. December 27, 2011
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Pretty much the greatest book ever. Gives ratings on how dangerous the poison is, where it can be found, its side effects and what parts of the body it affects, how quickly it takes effect, and the antidote for it. All-in-all, very well put together and completely amazing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent comprehensive book about poisons for those of us who are not chemists or criminal toxicologists, but want to murder a character in a mystery novel. Poisons are identified and grouped from every angle you can think of, and more. Such as: symptoms, forms, household poisons, poisonous animals and plants, wars---just to name a very few of the many; along with histories, access and antidotes. "Exactly what your villain needs to succeed and exactly what could foil his plans." Aside from the foregoing there are chapters of just plain old good reading. And the BONUS: a chapter on "Create Your Own Poison," along with reasons why you might need to do so. The two authors are well qualified to tell you what you want to know and what you didn't realize you need to know - about poisons. As for me, the only creatures I want to kill are ticks, but I'm not accountable for what my villains want to do. HowDunit - The Book of Poisons
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WhoDunit-The Book of Poisons December 21, 2008
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This book tells you the name of the poison,what area it effects(heart,breathing,muscles,ect.) What the reactions are of the one poisoned,
and how long it takes for this reaction to kick-in. Its great if you want
to use the correct poison for the job at hand( this pertains to writing,or
its listing of symptoms could help identify a type of poison,so you might
treat them as patients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first! November 17, 2010
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I bought this book when I learned my previous copy was so hopelessly out of date that wikipedia was a better resource. (The edition before this one was called Deadly Doses) A lot has changed about research since the first one was written and it's obvious the author put on her wellies and waded through a lot of information. More poisons more pages. It's amazing what she crammed into this book

Like the old one it has several ways you can cross reference by your needs, such as time to take effect or application. The font is small, but it's easier to read than the one before, and the touch of colour makes the whole thing much easier to navigate. This book is so good I was asked for the name by a chemistry student because he didn't have anything like it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 2, 2010
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I bought this book for my daughter who is interested in forensic sciences and she liked it so much that I started to read it. It was very informative and an excellent source of reference for anyone who is intrigued by this sort of subject. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 8, 2013
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Very useful for any writer or person wanting to know more about poison and basic toxicology! Very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for writers January 13, 2013
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This book provides brief summaries of various types of poisons, including toxicity ratings, appearance, symptoms, and where the poison is derived from. If you're a writer, you'll find yourself referencing this book a lot. If you're not, you'll still find it pretty interesting material!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for writers
This book makes a good reference for mystery or crime fiction writers. It lists various poisons from drugs to plants and other poisons, and gives details, such as symptoms,... Read more
Published 3 days ago by V. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource
I bought this book to assist my sister and I in writing our first novel, a murder mystery. It has been a most helpful research item.
Published 1 month ago by Caren
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Authors
This book is a must have for any author who wants to use herbs or poisons in their story. It's an easy and quick reference to what is what when it comes to making your poisons,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Derek
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly comprehensive
Decently comprehensive list of poisons for writing purposes. Definitely helps you sort through your options to kill off a villain or an unsuspecting soul. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for writers... or alleged homicidal maniacs
This book has been handy for research I am doing for a screenplay. Though I think I scared my husband who logged onto the Kindle and saw it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Will & Mo Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good resource!
Very interesting reading. Full of useful information. I read it in front of my family. They asked me why I am reading it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for keeping students interested
I teach a class called "Toxicology and Poison Control." The information in this book will provide me with much anecdotal information to keep my students glued to their... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deadre J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was not only very informative but the information itself is conveyed in an interesting matter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Megan Payeskie
5.0 out of 5 stars A little poison can do the trick!
A little poison can do the trick in offing a character. I am writing a mystery series and I have found this book invaluable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jacqueline Klueh
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of Poisons
I must say, before i write my review. That this book can be used to deepen ones understanding of poisons, however, to the large variety of poisons mentioned, many have short and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peri
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