The Poisoner’s Handbook has been nominated for a Macavity Award as best nonfiction book by the members of Mystery Readers International. The Macavity winners will be announced at this year’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, September 15-18, in St. Louis, Missouri.
New York Times: "The Poisoner’s Handbook is an inventive history that, like arsenic mixed into blackberry pie, goes down with ease."
Washington Post: "Not only is The Poisoner's Handbook as thrilling as any CSI episode, but it also offers something even better: an education in how forensics really works."
Dallas Morning News: In this bubbling beaker of a book, [Blum] mixes up a heady potion of forensic toxicology, history and true crime. Her account of the ongoing battle between scientists and killers in Jazz Age New York is more startling than any CSI: NY script.
BookPage: The Poisoner’s Handbook is that rare nonfiction book that has something for everyone, whether you are a true-crime aficionado, a political-history buff, a science geek or simply a fan of well-written narrative suspense.