A Beautiful Poison

A Beautiful Poison

Lydia Kang / Sep 23, 2019

A Beautiful Poison 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 question

  • Title: A Beautiful Poison
  • Author: Lydia Kang
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  • Page: 395
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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 tJust 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 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.

    A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang A Beautiful Poison is a wonderfully written book that examines all the situations we get ourselves into There is an element of choice, but also almost a destiny esque feel to it The whole book sort of unfolds and you find yourself being welcomed into the mystery. A Beautiful Poison Kindle edition by Lydia Kang Jul , A Beautiful Poison will leave the reader questioning the morality of revenge with its immersive narrative and mortally flawed and intriguing characters Lincoln Star Journal With an erudite cast and mystery as morbid as New York in the grip of plague, A Beautiful Poison is as intoxicating as its title. Beautiful Poison, A Lydia Jul , A Beautiful Poison and millions of other books are available for instant access view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no Kindle device required. Review A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang Giveaway Aug , A Beautiful Poison is a murder mystery, and, it is also a coming of age story And it s a story about friendship And it s a story about friendship And love. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang Book Review Aug , About A Beautiful Poison 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. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang, Paperback Barnes Noble But if you re a fan of murder mysteries and the Gilded Age, then you will LOVE Lydia Kang s newest novel, A Beautiful Poison Based in , three childhood friends, Allene, Birdie and Jasper used to spend their days at Allene s estate playing and getting into all kinds of childhood trouble. A BEAUTIFUL POISON Lydia Kang With an erudite cast and mystery as morbid as New York in the grip of plague, A Beautiful Poison is as intoxicating as its title Smart, compelling, and deliciously addicting Smart, compelling, and deliciously addicting. A Beautiful Poison ebookfm A Beautiful Poison is set during WWI amidst the Spanish Influenza outbreak of For a good portion of the book I didn t like the three characters that this novel follows, and at one point I almost quit reading, however I stuck it out and I m really glad I did.

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        I love salt than chocolate I m somewhat small, yet deceptively strong Sort of like an ant I m a part time doc, full time family member, and if you offer me snacks, I ll be a friend for life.My adult fiction debut is an historical forensic mystery, entitled A BEAUTIFUL POISON, coming August 2017 from Lake Union Publishing I have a nonfiction adult book written with Nate Pederson entitled QUACKERY A Short History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, coming in 2017 Workman.And alsoa new YA novel, THE NOVEMBER GIRL Set on a remote island on Lake Superior, a girl with violence running through her veins meets a boy running away from an abusive home life Entangled Teen, 2017 Finally, announcing CYCLO, a space opera about a created, teen girl who s abandoned on a biological spaceship, and the mercenary boy doomed to die on it Entangled Teen, 2018 My YA sci fi novel, CONTROL, debuted December 2013 Dial Penguin The sequel, CATALYST, released March 2015 Kathy Dawson Books Penguin I released a short story in the dark YA anthology, AMONG THE SHADOWS October 2015.


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    1. 3.5 The Gilded Age, Manhattan 191, the night of Allene's engagement party, and things have taken a horrible turn. A young woman is found dead, at the bottom of the stairs, a woman many did not like. Was it an accident as it appears on murder? The police think accident, a decision aided by Allene's father, who wants only to avoid a scandal.When they were younger Jasper, Birdie and Allene had been inseparable, great friends who shared in all kinds of adventures. Now at eighteen things are very dif [...]


    2. Lies come so easily whether you are rich or you are poor. Not even a penny for your thoughts. But, eventually, you may pay with your lifeManhattan seems to dazzle at the elegant Cutter mansion here in 1918. Allene Cutter and her fiance, Andrew Smythe Biddle, are celebrating their engagement in New York style. Long time friends Birdie Dreyer, Jasper Jones, and Ernie Fielding surround the young couple and champagne glasses are held high. But the laughter is quickly drowned out by a tumble and a cr [...]


    3. This was a slow building murder mystery with a heavy theme in the sciences. With a count of about seven or eight characters introduced within the first few pages of the book, I had to put this one down and pick it up at another point when I could really concentrate. A fellow reviewer recommended taking notes, which I definitely think would have helped, however reading shouldn't really be this confusing!I enjoyed the references to chemistry and medicine, the book was well written, and I definitel [...]


    4. I do love a good mystery!Lydia Kang's A Beautiful Poison takes place in 1918. Incorporated into the story are interesting historical elements such as the beginnings of forensic medicine, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and factories employing women to paint dials with radium. With the first page opening immediately with a murder, this book grabbed my attention right away - and didn't let go. Perfect for mystery/historical fans.


    5. All the poisons!This was interesting. I felt the book wasn't quite sure what it wanted to be- a mystery? A convoluted love story? A story of friendship?I did not find the main trio of characters likeable- a trio once friends in childhood and reunited at an engagement party. There follow a string of deaths which unite the three in trying to solve the murders. I was scared at this point that it was going to turn into an Enid Blyton "three solve a murder", but the story takes a darker turn as we ge [...]


    6. This is a beautifully written book that makes no sense. I'm not quite sure how to rate it. I really enjoyed my first read-through. I liked the author's writing style and found her imagery very lovely. The story takes place in an interesting era, and as a historical fiction, I think it's quite an enjoyable read. And when I got to the twist at the end, my first reaction was positive. It was interesting and dramatic and not an outcome I had been anticipating. So then I reread the whole book (it's a [...]


    7. I think that this book was a bit all over the place for me to get a very good handle on. We have a lot of characters whose motivations we are not too sure of throughout the book. I think that Kang was trying for some tension to build about who was the murderer, but it was telegraphed at least to me pretty early about who was doing what. I will say that I was a surprised by the ending. I thought for sure that two of the characters were being set up to run away together, so that was a pleasant sur [...]


    8. A BEAUTIFUL POISONMy Kindle First pick for July, I normally do not read historical fiction- but the other choices did not interest me at all. This book was interesting and entertaining.There is an odd trio of friends trying to solve some suspicious deaths of friends and relatives, this is all occurring during the great flu epidemic. The book reflects the time period, where woman were discouraged from scientific pursuits - but Allene forges ahead. The ending was quite surprising. Overall, a very [...]


    9. I kept waiting for the pace of A Beautiful Poison to slow down and get boring, and it never did oblige me. I have this (unreasonable) (unsubstantiated) expectation that historical fiction = slow and quiet, but this book was NOT that. Mayhap I should rethink my assumptions?Lydia Kang has plucked from history the perfect setting for a murder mystery: 1918 New York City, during the influenza pandemic. Because what better way to cover up the fact that you’re poisoning a bunch of people than to do [...]


    10. I'm rounding this book up from a 3.5 star rating to a 4 because it's definitely better than my standard 3 star rating but not quite a 4. Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I felt like it was more than the routine mass market murder mystery and I definitely was kept in suspense and didn't guess the murderer at all. In fact, I probably suspected every other character but I'm not giving anything away!Also, I liked how although the story is focused around these murders there is more going on wit [...]


    11. Mini Review: A well plotted murder mystery set in the underutilized time period of the Gilded Age, the first book I've read from that period. While I thought the writing was pretty good and the mystery intriguing, so much of this book revolves around a love triangle. The characters obsess over each other constantly, but they also seemed so bitter towards each other. If a historical murder mystery sounds interesting to you and you're okay with love triangles, I do think this book has a lot to off [...]


    12. This. Book.I've just finished it and am really in a bit of awe over it.The writing was impeccable. A tight plot with just the right amount of red herrings, solid writing, distinct characters with fascinating relationships, and some of the best historical anchoring I've come across in all my years of reading.There were two things that I had figured out/correctly predicted, but neither of them were related to the core plot of the murder mystery, which left me feeling wholly satisfied with this nov [...]


    13. MacabreI was very excited to read this book. Soon after starting it the excitement turned to confusion, which then morphed into mild loathing Of the characters. The writing is pretty superb. The story while dragging a bit here and there, was full of twists and turns. The big twist in the end shocked me, and the second to last death scene was brutal but satisfying. Back to the characters. None of the main characters were likable until the last third of the book. The story is told from their diffe [...]


    14. my focus and mood are not great at the moment, so this was a very good choice as a quick-reading distraction. i really enjoyed the era and the science and medical aspects of this novel, as well as all the flawed characters. (so. many. flaws. heh!) but i found it all a little bit twee? maybe? there were some pretty clunky moments and the red herrings were too obvious. yet it was still a good bit of fun.



    15. CW: rape (prior to the story, but mentioned) and suicideWhat a good book to start the year with.I loved Lydia’s Control duology and was curious to see how she’d handle something in an entirely different genre. I wasn’t disappointed. This was an intriguing historical fiction, set in a period I’ve yet to read about, accompanied by a gripping murder mystery.There’s often talk of whether we as readers prefer character- or plot-driven stories. It’s a wonderful thing to find a book with bo [...]


    16. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Descriptively well written. I particularly enjoyed the sections on medical pathology, and the historical aspects appeared accurate (although I'm by no means an expert in this field). I liked the descriptions on upper class social life during this time, and the brief insight into the medical history of New York. I would have liked more of this, as the research behind it was obviously done with care and thought. The overall plot is o [...]


    17. Fun. A pleasant and well-researched read. Good for an afternoon by the fire or in the hammock, depending on season.


    18. [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]Loved the backdrop in this book. World War I (with the reader knowing it’s nearing its end but not the characters). The dreadful influenza reaching American shores and starting a war all of its own. Socialites in their own little world, feeling the bigger world as an intrusion that may or may touch them (whether draft or flu). Murders in those ‘higher spheres’, with the reminder that with a little money, nobody will try and look further. T [...]


    19. I'm full of conflicted feelings right now. I really wanted to love this one, but more than one aspects of it just fell flat. Still enjoyable, but closer to 3 than 4 stars.


    20. Lydia Kang is a master of mystery and suspense. This is my first time reading her books. Thanks to Lake Union for an advanced copy of the book. We meet Allene, a rich socialite; Her husband to be Adam (from a rich family); Birdie and Jasper, two old friends that were banished from her life for four years. They all come together again at Allene's engagement party. By the end of the evening one guest is dead. This is the first death in a string of mysterious deaths. The four friends notice that th [...]


    21. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI love murder-mystery stories and I've been on a sort of historical kick recently. That coupled with my love of potions, poisons, and beautiful covers, made Lydia Kang's book leap to the top of my TBR list. And, you know what? I really enjoyed it. Like, a lot.The book follows three characters, Allene, a socialite with a passion for chemistry, Jasper, a wanna-be doctor, and Birdie, a lower-class girl working i [...]


    22. I love historical fiction and I love a good mystery--especially one that delves into forensics to solve crimes, so A Beautiful Poison sucked me into the story immediately. With the main character Allene having a passion for science and chemistry and her friend Jasper operating as an apprentice in the medical examiner's department at Bellevue Hospital, there was plenty of interesting historic forensic data but it is written in an accessible and entertaining way. I loved the 1918 New York City set [...]


    23. I do love a good mystery every now and then. It has to be the guessing factor, like who did it?!? Who really did it?!? It's always a 50/50 chance on picking the right personI'm usually always wrong. For example, I thought Burn for Burn by Jenny Han was about one guy who had screwed over three girlst three girls having different reasons for getting even with three different people from the same group of friends. Talk about my mind being blownI feel like I don't pay attention enough which after th [...]


    24. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang is a potent mixture of history, chemistry and mystery. Let’s begin with the history lessons woven beautifully throughout the pages of this novel. The story is set in Manhattan and begins in August 1918 and ends in December of 1918. The entire book takes place over only 5 months of time, yet it is bursting with details. The author expertly weaves the realities of WWII and the deadly Spanish influenza epidemic into this rich historically driven tale. Kang also in [...]


    25. MesmerizingI couldn't put it down!!! The characters brought me in and I loved them!! I was terrified for them, worried about them!!! Dr. Kang is a wonderful writer!!! I can't wait to read more of her work!!!


    26. 3.5 stars ✨ I loved the history in this book. NYC in 1918 - The Gilded Age - this time period is fascinating!!! The fashion, the class structure, the war, industry and societal rules. Medical examinations, the flu epidemic, forensics & autopsies are discussed in depth along with chemistry and the use of poisons - even Radium Girls!! All of this was fantastic!! I loved the mystery and the puzzling together of events and whodunit. I think where it fell short for me were the characters themse [...]


    27. This is such a fascinating story, full of misfit characters from every walk of life during the so-called progressive era. And in spotlighting so many different ranks and stations of post-Gilded Age society in New York, the author is able to also focus on various living conditions, societal expectations and illnesses/problems of the day. From the influenza outbreak to draft happenings and news from the Great War… to the upstairs/downstairs interplay (as well as the beginnings of the blurred lin [...]


    28. I think overall I was disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to it. I felt it had so much potential but during the first half I was kind of bored. It picked up during the second half and I was interested in finding out the identity of the murderer and I will admit I didn't even suspect it to be who it was, but it was still rather anticlimactic. I knew it had to be someone in the circle, but it could have been any one of them for any number of reasons and all it would have felt [...]


    29. There's a danger when you read so many books in the same genre (mysteries in my case) that eventually you will come across a book that seems nearly indistinguishable from all the other books you've read in the genre before. That was unfortunately my experience with A Beautiful Poison. While reading the book, I was first reminded of one mystery series, then later another, and it became difficult for me to view this book as anything more than a hodge podge of mysteries I've already read. Like many [...]


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