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February Interviews













2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar


Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson

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WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.


Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!


KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.


Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.


Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.



Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

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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 Sinclair 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!

Unknown 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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