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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw


Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.


Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/


Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)


Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:


Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.


Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Poisons for our characters


I have been looking for a poison to use in my novel—one that looks like a heart attack. A friend of mine 
said antifreeze. Now who would be stupid enough to drink antifreeze?

My friend said to Google it. It seems there’s a woman in Georgia who had two husbands in their thirties die.
Their deaths were very much alike. The bodies have been exhumed and they have discovered one of the men  
was a victim of poisoning from ethylene glycol, a sweet odorless chemical often found in antifreeze.

Six years ago, the first husband’s death had been determined to be of natural causes, but now points to 
possible evidence of the same deadly chemical in his body. Both men suffered similar flu-like symptoms 
shortly before their deaths. 

Both deaths were initially ruled natural and attributed to cardiac dysrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat. 
But after the discovery of ethylene glycol poisoning in the latest husband’s death it is believed may be due to 
byproducts of ethylene glycol. 

Earlier reports said the woman poisoned the men by putting the antifreeze into Jell-o.

Dogs and cats like the sweet taste of antifreeze and often die after tasting it, or walking through it and then 
licking their paws.

Now another shocker I found is toothpaste. Colgate doesn't tell you that fluoride is highly toxic -
so toxic that if a small child ate an entire tube of fluoridated toothpaste, it could kill the child. You know 
those candy and bubble gum flavors in the fluoridated toothpastes? Kids tend to like the taste and will eat it
instead of spitting it out.

One man in his 50s actually committed suicide by eating a tube of this toothpaste. But I would never be able
to figure out how to murder someone by having them eat toothpaste.

Antifreeze isn’t something they look for when doing an autopsy. It takes a special test to detect it in the 
system, and unless they suspect it, it often is overlooked. Since antifreeze causes flu-like symtoms--or a heart
attack, that may be one thing we can use when killing off someone. I remember years ago when people were
doing Jell-o shots. So you have a person who likes them, stick a bit of antifreeze in them and kill them off. 
They’ll die happy—drunk!

Do you have any unusual poisons you’d give to kill off someone in a book?

Really, sometimes I worry people will wonder about us when we write mystery novels and have to research
ways to knock them off!










5 comments:

Warren Bull said...

I've used Jimson weed tea. In a book of course. Its use in fiction gores back to the Scarlet Letter. I've used Calabar beans in a traditional ordeal. Many decorative garden plants are poison in part or whole.

I believe a University professor was convicted of killing his wife in part because of research he reported he had done planing to write a CSI-type mystery.

Pauline Alldred said...

The problem with poisons is the taste. As you point out, who eats a tube of toothpaste? If you know someone well, you can make sure the poison goes in a favorite drink but you still have to cover up the taste with something sweet.

After the twinkie defense comes to writing defense.

Maryn said...

The thing is to pick something that isn't usually included in a tox screen. Most unusual things would have to be specifically requested as a test. I had a particularly clever murder in one of my books, I thought, and went to a pathologist to ask about it. He said there's no way to test for everything, especially if it looks like the cause of death is something else.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Anti-freeze in Jell-O shots! That's a very interesting way to kill someone.

Nice post!

Leora Yang said...

Frightening how it goes. Anything can be turned into a fatal object, or a murder weapon. Which makes forensic toxicology more important now than ever before, as technology rises in sophistication alongside human malice.

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