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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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    S. Rifflart Hampshire 10/11/2017
    S. Rifflart Hampshire 10/11/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Tragic part of history "

    WW1, radium poisoning, pandemic flu and a series of murders makes this a rather dark and dismal listen. Having said that I kept listening and the twists was there to improve things

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lauren
    Brookline, MA, United States
    07/08/17
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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 4 people found this review helpful
  • summermeadow
    07/08/17
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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 6 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
    05/08/17
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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mary M. Rosenbaum
    USA
    03/08/17
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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.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mae Chamberlain
    31/08/17
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Powell
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    09/08/17
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NMwritergal
    Albuquerque, NM
    18/11/17
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    "Unexpectedly excellent!"

    I listened for free with Kindle Unlimited, which is often a crap shoot. Some books are awful beyond belief and some are excellent. This was the latter. I passed on it a zillion times because I’m not a big mystery/thriller fan on audio, but this was so much more than just a mystery.

    The mystery was actually quite complex, and I had no clue “whodunit.” Beyond the solving the mystery aspect were the characters, all of whom were well done but the three main characters were written with such nuance. You root for all three of them—even the one woman who is rather selfish at the beginning of the story still has redeeming qualities. Each character grows as a person as they try to make good lives for themselves, which looks different for all three of them.

    Loved the historical aspect—so well done—and loved the audio narrator.

    I think this might be my favorite fiction read of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoebe J. Epstein
    Kent, CT
    17/11/17
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    "Meh."

    It’s hard to write a story where one of the major characters is doomed to an early death. It took forever for the inevitable to happen. Overall the story dragged.

    The narrator pronounced a lot of words wrong. “Grippe” is pronounced like “grip,” not “gripe” as the narrator said it. There were a bunch of these errors which I found disconcerting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob
    15/11/17
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    "epic drama ww1 murder mystery"

    in the one hand is a struggle to finish. i find thr key motives fir the first murder tnot anundantly vlear, in cimparusin to the layyer murders. be prepated for a comolete syrprise as to who the treal murderer(s) are. also be orepared to loathe and despise this fictional tepresentation of old monies elitists and their proledged ideas in how to treat other people, especially those who are suffering in poverty and the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918. The title does not refer l necessarily to any if the chemicals discussed, but is a grandiose euphemism that makes this novel superb as well as tragic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lana Lee Plum
    PORTLAND, OR, US
    09/11/17
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    "It is the details that solve the mystery"

    The story of three childhood friends coming together for a dinner and the death of a guest set them on a search to solve the murder. It is set in New York City during World War I . The characters are varied and well developed so your interested is held throughout the tale. The question to answer is what and who are killing all these characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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