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Sparks fly as Dr. Lily Robinson, the brilliant academic pathologist and covert assassin for the U.S. Government, investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths alongside her lover, Agent Jean Paul Marchand, and Washington, D.C. Medical Examiner Dr. Logan Pelletier.

A U.S. Senator and the president of a developing nation are found dead in their beds. As governments thousands of miles apart react to the fallout and begin their investigations, no one claims responsibility, and no motives are clear. Yet, the cause of death implies a link between the two—one that only a mind versed in poisons and politics can decipher. With her personal relationships teetering on the brink and her loved ones facing foreign threats, Lily must unravel the mystery and uncover a plot more calculating than anyone could imagine—but it may be too late.

A Message in Poison, the third part of the Art of Secret Poisoning trilogy (The Queen of All Poisons and The Power of Poison), continues with twists and turns as Dr. Lily Robinson travels the globe, stares down death, and finds herself at “another crossroad, another choice between life real or imagined.”



5/5 Stars! A Message in Poison.

"Like her protagonist, author BJ Magnani is a pathologist and noted toxicologist, and it’s her professional knowledge that lifts this read from your average whodunit to smart fiction. She doesn’t have Lily and her colleagues dumb down the science but also doesn’t explain it in a condescending manner, and as a reader, this knowledge pulled me further into the story and how poisons are administered… and kill." --Felicia Denise

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"Packed with drama and intrigue, along with a front-row seat at some autopsies, this story is firing on all cylinders. From Boston to Russia and the Middle East, there’s plenty of action to maintain your attention. And for those of us who enjoy shoes, Robinson never disappoints with her stiletto stash.

A Message in Poison delivers a rollercoaster international mystery with Dr. Lily Robinson at the helm. With plenty of twists and turns accompanied by high-quality writing, this is a series you don’t want to miss."

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"A well researched, thrilling, edge of your seat read that has made me add two more books to my extra long to be read list! This is a book for anyone who loves, mystery, spies and all that they entail. I hope to see Dr Lily Robinson in a new instalment sometime soon."

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"The author does a brilliant job of building multidimensional characters whose worldviews are the result of early influences and cataclysmic events that ultimately led them to their chosen paths. From the earliest chapters, it’s clear that Dr. Robinson is burdened by her own experiences and her complex—and seemingly contradictory—professions. She struggles with the knowledge that the secrets she carries would, if revealed, likely prove as deadly as the poisons that have become the tools of her trade in the covert anti-terrorism unit.  

The author delivers a well-plotted mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you reading far into the night. Highly recommend!"

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"A Message in Poison is my first BJ Magnani and Dr. Lily Robinson novel and will not be my last. I loved every moment of this twisty tale."

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