Deborah Blum and the mystery of Poisons

Hello Fellow Readers!

download (5)This week we have a really cool interview with one of my favorite authors, Deborah Blum. Deborah has been fascinated with the science of chemistry, and in particular, poisons. In interviewing Deborah, I realized that she had I have the same sense of morbid humor, as she told me that she pitched the idea for her first book, The Poisoner’s Handbook, as to how she would get away with murdering her husband. New York Times best-selling book was born. The Poisoner’s Handbook tells the mysterious tale of a series of poisonings in New York City in the 1920s. Follow Chief Medical Examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler as they begin to use some of the first forensic science methods to catch this elusive killer. Deborah’s book is full of shocking details about the dark side of the Prohibition Era and the underbelly of the Jazz Scene in New York City. As a reader, you’ll be startled to find some of the most normal regulations for alcohol and other products, rose out of this time period. I couldn’t put this book down, and it’s definitely on my list to reread again! You can find the book here if you’re desperate enough for your own copy! 

I also interviewed Deborah about her more recent book The Poison Squad. If you can’t sense a theme yet, keep reading, lol. Deborah’s background is in chemistry, and she wanted to follow up on The Poisoner’s Handbook by discussing the rise of the FDA and the regulations of dangerous foods during the 1920s. This book tells the story of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, the chief chemist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his struggle to help regulate food so it would be safe enough to eat. This book is definitely a must-read and you can find it here!

You can find my interview with Deborah below. Please note that it is both humorous and surprising, and I enjoyed talking to her, and appreciate her taking the time to talk to me.


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