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A Beautiful Poison Audiobook

A Beautiful Poison

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Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails.

As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone - even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim.

©2017 Lydia Kang (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Excerpt from “Two Fusiliers” by Robert Graves, from The Complete Poems Volume I, edited by Beryl Graves and Dunstan Ward. Reprinted with kind permission of Carcanet Press Limited, Manchester, UK. © 1995 The Robert Graves Copyright Trust.

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    Lauren Brookline, MA, United States 08-07-17
    Lauren Brookline, MA, United States 08-07-17
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    "Character driven historical medical mystery"

    At first I found the writing a bit too flowery, but as I got into it, the murders and plot twists pulled me in. The narrator was good, but I couldn't always tell one character from the other by voice alone. Overall, a good story and well worth a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    summermeadow 08-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Poison"

    This book is not the type I usually purchase but I was very happy I took a chance. excellent writing that kept me engaged. I recommend it to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 08-05-17
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting, lovely story"

    It took a bit for the story to evolve but I would not call it a romance story.
    Those were turbulent times in the US, World War I and the influenza epidemic.
    There was a mystery, tragedy, death and yes a bit of romance. Not a complicated story, not a YA story, even though the characters were under 19.

    There's no car chases, shoot outs, any whiz bang, just a basic historical mystery.

    Saskia Maarleveld adds a great deal to the story. Even though it took me a while to figure out which male character is speaking, it took nothing away from the story or her performance. I find myself taking a chance on a new author, if the synopsis sounds interesting AND Ms. Maarleveld is reading.

    A lot of chemistry talk, which to be honest, for me did not add or detract from the story, just a part of it.

    If you like period/historical, low key mysteries, you surely will enjoy it thoroughly, I did.

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    Mary M. Rosenbaum USA 08-03-17
    Mary M. Rosenbaum USA 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "More romance than mystery"

    And I don't like romance novels. To much repetition, to much detail off story line. Narrator sounded as sweet as narrator for Little Mermaid.
    Sorry I wasted my time & money.

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    Mae Chamberlain 08-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Did NOT see that coming!"

    A well woven tale with a truly unexpected ending. For those who enjoy crime fiction, I highly recommend A Beautiful Poison.

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    Powell Chapel Hill, North Carolina 08-09-17
    Powell Chapel Hill, North Carolina 08-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "surprise surprise"

    Though this is so murder mystery it reads like a literary exploration of the complexities in relationships which cross class lines. War hovers in the bsckground leading the reader to expect the appearance of the flu plague as it appears and cuts a swarth through the population of New York city. Characters grow and change so that at the end the shallow gain depth and direction while the ones at the onset whom we deem as innocent and of good will are in the end capable of planned evil for unforeseen reasons. I love a surprise. This work has many surprises.

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    Freakin’ Mom of the Year 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story"

    What a well-written, well-read story! Engaging!A must read. The prose is beautiful and the narrator was great!

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    Lyric G. Eads Buffalo, WY USA 09-25-17
    Lyric G. Eads Buffalo, WY USA 09-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disturbing, dark & tragic, but excellent"

    This thriller was darkly disturbing but with a well written, unique approach. As the story unfolds later by shocking layer, one doesn't know whether to love or hate the main characters because of their quirks and how they treat one another. The happenings led me toward one suspect, but I was reeling with horrified surprise when the story twisted to its conclusion. Having recently learned about the sad history of the 'radium girls', I was pleasantly surprised to see it incorporated into this story line. Darkly tragic, well crafted, but the final chapter seems incongruous, even while leaving the reader with a sense of hope for the wounded survivors of the book's events. Perhaps the author felt it necessary to dispel some of the darkness created by the previous chapters.

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    Carolynn lane 09-15-17
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    "excellent!!"

    This is unusual mystery, with people I got to know and love. A mystery that keeps you locked to your book, and a story that at times brought tears to my eyes. If you like history, this is a book you will love as well as a mystery, and a love story. Love that is about people who truly love and care for each other. The end was a total surprise for me, that doesn't happen to me. I totaly recommend this book.

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    Vicky 09-09-17
    Vicky 09-09-17
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    "kept me guessing..."

    I'm not one of those people that usually tries to guess the ending at the beginning, but this book kept me thinking and trying to figure out the mystery. To be honest I was surprised about how it all turned out. It's a pretty good book but has a lot of Doom and Gloom. Definitely not a feel-good book, but then again... most murder mysteries are not.

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