Mysterious chefs and murder by lethal food and drink are popular subjects for the Cozy genre. The Washington Post restaurant critic and food section editor Phyllis Richman, aka Chas Wheatley, turned to mystery writing after retirement from daily journalism.
Learn about the power of poison from C.J.S. Thompson, a prolific writer, physician, antiquarian collector and analyst of the chemical and toxic properties of food and drink.
His 1899 study Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries is an e-book available for free download through Gudenberg.org.
Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of a pope, wife, mistress and mother, is often linked to poison used for political expediency, hardly a cozy scene. The ancient art of poison never goes out of style.