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1. Which poison did Agatha Christie use most frequently in her many works? It is a semi-metallic element (or metalloid) with the atomic number 33 in the periodic table.
2. Agatha Christie learned a lot about poisons from her work as a dispenser in a hospital pharmacy during the First World War so naturally the plot of her first book involved murder by poison. Which poison did she employ in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"?
3. In "A Pocketful of Rye", Rex Fortescue died of taxine poisoning which was administered to him at breakfast in his marmalade. Taxine is a poisonous alkaloid found in the foliage and berries of which English tree?
4. Rex Fortescue wasn't the only victim in "A Pocketful of Rye". His second wife, Adele, was also poisoned, not by taxine, but by another poison which can also be obtained from plants. The murderer slipped which poison into her tea?
5. Ella Zielinsky, actress Marina Gregg's social secretary, in "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side", died by inhalation of which poison?
6. In "The Pale Horse", a very unusual form of poisoning was employed. The symptoms of which type of metallic poisoning include nervous and gastrointestinal disorders and rapid loss of hair?
7. Another unusual form of poisoning was used in "Death in the Air" (also known as "Death in the Clouds"). While on a short flight, Madame Giselle, a French moneylender, is murdered by which means?
8. It is possible that many readers cheered when the nasty, sadistic Mrs Boynton was poisoned in "Appointment with Death". She was poisoned with an overdose of which heart medication?
9. In "Three Act Tragedy" (also known as "Murder in Three Acts"), Reverend Stephen Babbington, Sir Bartholomew Strange and Margaret De Rushbridger are all dispatched by a poisonous alkaloid derived from the leaf of a plant. Which poison was employed?
10. "Who killed Lord Cronshaw? Was Coco Courtenay's death on the same night a mere coincidence? Was it an accident? Or did she deliberately take an overdose ...?" Which addictive drug did Coco take a fatal dose of in "The Affair at the Victory Ball"?
Source: Author MotherGoose
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