poison

Period crime for Christmas

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Imagine receiving an anonymous suicide note addressed to you by mistake. Would you try to find that person, to help…

Portrait of the Duke of Buckingham by Peter Paul Rubens

Was King James I murdered or merely poisoned in error?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Beware hedonists bearing white powder. This, in part, was the message pressed in a short book about the excesses of…

Nero and Agrippina by Antonio Rizzi

Rid of their enemies, the Caesars set about murdering family and friends

12 September 2015 9:00 am

According to Francis Bacon, the House of York was ‘a race often dipped in its own blood’. That being so,…

A crime novel so incompetent it might have been written by a child

25 July 2015 9:00 am

First, a quote from the novel under review. The context: it is a flashback scene of the behaviour of a…