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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every crime writer should have a copy, 5 Dec. 2010
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Alan Hayhurst "Shelvesofbooks" (Timperley, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Murders (Hardcover)
This is a follow on book to John Emsley's "Elements of Murder, which is also a five-star read. It's about famous poisoners and famous victims, including Dr. Harold Shipman, Dr. Crippen,Adelaide Bartlett, Alexander Litvinenko and many more. The first half of each chapter begins with the author looking at the target molecule itself, its use in medicine, its toxicology and its effects on the human body. The second half then investigates a famous murder and reveals the modus operandi of the poisoner and how some were caught. It can be a little technical in places, although John Emsley does his best to make it understandable to the novice as well. Altogether, a fascinating book and one that should be on the bookshelf of all those interested in true crime, writers, forensic personnel, coroners and anyone with an interest in poisons and poisoners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 9 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Murders (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this book. If you're the kind of person who enjoys forensic thrillers you'll love this. He gives you a lot of fascinating information about some infamous murders and the poisons used but in a very readable way. It's not scientific and impenetrable! A must for murder mystery fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Molecules of murder, 21 July 2009
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Quite simply excellent. Written in the usual readable Emsley style, the book details a number of murder cases in which foul play of a chemical nature was involved.
Whilst the book focuses on the chemical agents which were used to commit the various murders, it remains accessible to the non-scientist reader.
All-in-all, a thoroughly good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 25 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Murders (Hardcover)
A great read, a fascinating book that re-examined some well known murder cases but from the point of view of exploring the background of the chemicals used as poisons instead of the history or personal circumstances of the killer or the victim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Poisoner's Handbook!, 8 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Murders (Hardcover)
A fascinating depiction of the dark side of chemistry. John Emsley's exploration of the murderous molecules is on a par with with the best forensic chemists who uncovered the murderers in his book. A must read for crime writers - I am sure Agatha Christie would have had this book in a pole postion on her bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting cases, 11 Jan. 2014
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Many interesting facts and cases that involved different molecules are in this book. A very good book to broaden your knowledge of different chemicals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomeness, 23 Feb. 2013
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A friend lent me this book first and it was so amazing and well written that I simply had to get a copy. The last chapter is wonderfully riveting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars son very pleased, 11 Sept. 2013
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son very pleased with book as had attended lecture by author, on his university recommended read list
very pleased thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, 15 Nov. 2013
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If you are interested in science, I am, this is very interesting. John Emsley explains some of the poisons used in famous cases.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Molecules of Murder, 26 May 2011
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Richard Hilton (Rossington,England) - See all my reviews
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The book Molecules of Murder is an excellent purchase. Concise, informative without being too technical. Some good and well known case histories, just one point: When describing the drug Tubocurarine having a d- and an l- type i.e. dextro (for right) and laevo (for left). On one page it quotes these as the other way around - Laevo for right and dextro for left. Just thought you might like to know. A damn good read and a nice reference book for anyone interested in the subject matter.

Best Wishes and thanks once again.

Richard Hilton
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