Poisons in Historical Fiction – Podcast #5

From Socrates to the Emperor Augustus to Lucrezia Borgia and many other notables across Europe and Asia, history is scattered with examples of the victims and perpetrators of death by poison.

So naturally, in perhaps another instance of art imitating life, historical mysteries have their fair share of the use of poisons as the murder weapon. And having talked about cuisine in historical mysteries before, it didn’t take long for us to make the connection between food and murder most foul. So that’s where we take you in this next podcast.

Here are the authors and book we mention:

Susanna Gregory, A Deadly Brew, A Poisonous Plot
Steven Saylor, The Venus Throw, The Judgement of Caesar
Ellis Peters, Monk’s Hood, One Corpse Too Many
Sara Poole, Poison, The Borgia Betrayal

For more on this subject, check out our blog post, which includes some further suggested reading. And don’t forget to let us know about your favorite historical mysteries featuring poisons!


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