Death by Poison – Day No. 28

behold here's poisonPoison: a woman’s weapon, as it has been said.  Poison is a crafty art. It takes much more premeditation to murder by poison. Guns, knives, blunt force…… All can be used in the heat of passion, something men are more likely to use as their emotions tend to be more volatile. But poison is a slow process. Unless you are going for insta-kill, in that case, just pour the arsenic on like sugar.

I love to think of poisoning like the Brewster sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace. Their potion was certainly effective. All those poor, lonely, old men never know what hit them! As Martha Brewster’s recipe goes:” Well, Mortimer, for a gallon of elderberry wine I take a teaspoonful of arsenic, and add a half-teaspoonful of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.”

Mortimer: “Should have quite a kick.”

1897716_10153608284891291_1671472435308598067_nNo kidding. Quite a kick is putting it mildly. And now days, I’m not sure you could get any of those poisons easily. But then why would you want to?  And plus, do you really want to Google those searches to find said poisons?  As this image illustrates ———->   You have to really be careful out there. I found these comments from Facebook that people made in regards to this picture. I think they are accurate.

I especially worry about my googling for ways to poison someone with a plant. And… how long does it take someone to die if they’ve been poisoned.”

And “I actually worry about this sometimes. I mean…one minute I’m looking up knock-off recipes for Arby’s sauce and the next I’ve googled how much TNT it takes to blow up a city block. Kind of….um….odd.

And  “Lol well, on the bright side, should they google our names we’ll all be on one list & our overnight stay in jail will be one filled with stories”

617VA903KVL51Is9yESLoL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_So, yeah, looking up how to poison your character might not be wise.

For years I’ve wanted this book,   to the left. And the one  to the right is perfect. You could find out all kinds of things to kill off your characters in those books.  And in England there is ‘The Deadly Garden.’ Alnwick Garden, it’s called. I guess that’s to make it sound…. less deadly. Hmmph! Sure. Now that would be a fun place to visit. The Deadly Garden

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Poison a la Carte with Timothy Hutton as Archie Goodwin

I’ve always thought it would be fun to kill off a character with poison. Especially ever since there was the Nero Wolfe episode “Poison a la Carte”. ( I can’t ever seem to read the books, but anyhow).  So there was murder by arsenic in that episode and from that point on, it’s like I just wanted to write a story where someone murdered someone by poison. But having to do all the research and writing a mystery is not my forte. The mystery is my issue. But writing about poison is still in my mind.

And yeah, the murderer would be a woman. Clearly.

So…. a woman’s poison…….

Do you ever want to write about poisoning a character? And do you google it? And do you worry about the NSA/CIA/FBI?

Kate

 

Vintage Fashion – Day No. 13

When I read books, one of the things I absolutely love is hearing/reading about the fashion of the day. Emilie Loring books take place in the 20s through 50s and I always try to imagine what the styles were. The gal in the 1920s book… does she wear a bob and have a flapper dress? Does she dress like Mary Crawley?  I always hope so because I love the fashion from Downton Abbey.  Who doesn’t?  It’s so stylish. I’d wear it.

And then when I read my romance novels taking place in the Regency Era of Britain, I wonder, do the gals wear clothing like in the movie Pride and Prejudice? The one with Kiera Knightley, because other P&P adaptations are, um, well not period done. Do not even get me started on the 1940s or 50’s P&P version. Horrors.

And when I read my Janet Dailey books, they are taking place in the late 70s, so well, I can picture that a bit more, but still I love to hear about it. Excluding the men with all their patterned silk shirts. From what they sound like, I could do without.

Knowing the fashion and clothing of the period you are writing a book is so crucial. That is why Georgette Heyer is so revered when it comes to her books. She researched extensively and her writings show what the style was. Jane Austen, sadly, never talked about the clothing in detail. I guess when you live in the time period, it’s very hard to want to write about fashion considering everyone knows what the style of the day is.

One of my favorite vintage fashion places to go to is DevilNight.  There are all kinds of fashion from different eras and it’s a great place to start if you need to have an idea of period clothing.  I just researched for vintage fashion on Bing and found Vintage Fashion Guild, but sadly, the hats section has not been filled.  Then there is Couture Allure Vintage Fashion and Unique Vintage, along with Vintage Trends, but this last one isn’t as nice in my opinion.

Finding good resources for vintage fashion, without searching in a library, I.E. online, isn’t exactly easy. But again, it’s something that one must do if they are going to write.  I always appreciate a writer that has done their research and made me totally picture the clothing.  It makes the whole story much more believable.

And this is where I say women are more interesting writers than men. Women will do the detail and talk about all the clothing. The hairstyles, gloves, shoes, jewelry…… Men rarely go into detail with fashion.  So that is how today’s post relates to my theme of women.  Women get fashion, and the importance of clothing….

Just watch Miss Petigrew Lives for a Day with Amy Adams and Frances McDormand and you will see how much fashion plays a role. Not to mention just how stunning the film is.  And watch Downton Abbey and pay attention to the clothing and styles. They are so completely elegant. And so different between Cora, Edith, and Mary. Fashion makes the story believable.

Kate