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The Art of Secret Poisoning

A Boston physician becomes an assassin for the U.S. government in these medical suspense thrillers by an award-winning pathologist.

“Hidden under a cloak of legitimacy, I have been pressed to deliver extraordinary service for my country. It has been a successful ruse. A premium blend of dark deception with just an aroma of truth.”-Dr. Lily Robinson

Dr. Lily Robinson’s story began in 2009 when I was asked by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Clinical Chemistry to write about toxicology in a way that was both entertaining and educational, and The Art of Secret Poisoning was born. The stories, and the “recollections” of how the poisonings were committed, were written primarily for chemists and toxicologists. Later, I was asked to turn the rich characters from the stories into a novel, not just for chemists and toxicologists, but for everyone.

Having spent a good part of my life training those in science and medicine, I now find that I have an opportunity to continue teaching through my fiction. Dr. Robinson frequently “lectures” her colleagues, giving them more information about the poisons than they care to know. That I’m able to combine my love of science with my love of writing has been an unexpected gift, and I am grateful. The Queen of All Poisons debuted in 2019, followed by The Power of Poison in 2021. The next book in the series, A Message in Poison, will be released in April 2022.


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