Weapon of choice: Agatha Christie and poisons

14 October, 5:00 pm

1 hr£5

Talk | Chemistry, Health & Medicine, History, The Arts

Weapon of choice: Agatha Christie and poisons

Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

An exploration of the poisons used by the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie, in her bestselling detective stories. In this talk, chemist-turned author, Kathryn Harkup looks at how the writer used her extensive knowledge of drugs and medicines, mixed with real life cases, to create her brilliantly plotted crime novels. Kathryn will look at the howdunnit, but whodunnit is for you to find out.


Kathryn Harkup is a former chemist turned author. She writes and gives regular talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science. Her first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts.


Copies of Kathryn’s book A is for Arsenic will be available to buy at the event. Alternatively, purchase online:

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This event is timed to coincide with performances of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d at Oxford Playhouse (Mon 10 – Sat 15 October). https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/events/the-mirror-crackd

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Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW, UK OX1 2LW