The Inheritor's Powder

The Inheritor's Powder

A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science

Book - 2013 | First American edition
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An epidemic swept Europe: arsenic poisoning, nicknamed "the inheritor's powder." It was difficult to prove that a victim had been poisoned, let alone to identify the contaminated food or drink since arsenic was tasteless. On the morning of November 2, 1833, the Bodle household sat down to their morning breakfast. That evening the family and their servants had collapsed and were seriously ill; wealthy George Bodle died. Hempel brings to life a gripping story of domestic infighting, wayward police behavior, a slice of Victorian history, stories of poisonings, and an unforgettable foray into the origins of forensic science.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2013]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780393240467
Branch Call Number: 364.152 HEMPEL
Characteristics: viii, 278 pages ; 25 cm


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hgeng63 Jan 02, 2014

Not as good as The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher--I think because the suspense about the trial is slack.


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