The Inheritor's Powder

  • by Sandra Hempel
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

All was quiet in the Bodle home in Plumstead village on the morning of 2 November 1833. In the large ten bedroom farmhouse, the maid Sophia Taylor began preparing breakfast while, at the cottage down the track, Mary Higgins came down to set the fire. But all was not as it seemed that morning....
When the local doctor was summoned several hours later he found four women suffering from severe vomiting and stomach pains whilst the master of the house was delirious with pain. His suspicions raised, the doctor contacted Michael Faraday at his laboratory in Woolwich. So began a chain of events that would grip the entire nation.
For in the 19th century, criminal poisoning was terrifyingly easy, yet almost impossible to prove - a situation that resulted in no end of mischief. 'The fell spirit of the Borgias' was said to be sweeping across the land and as the panic reached fever pitch, so the race to find the definitive test began....
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Not just an account of a murder and a trial this book also contains plenty of information about the development of forensic toxicology and includes other famous cases relevant to the subject.
Read beautifully and vivaciously by Patience Tomlinson.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of 'The Suspicions of Mr Wicher', 'The Invention of Murder' and 'A is for Arsenic'.
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- R. woods

chemistry of poisons (mostly arsenic)

Interesting story of Victorian rat poison used on people. well read-some times. too much info?
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- J. Hume

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group