Lake Union Publishing
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: This book has a little bit of everything. It is steeped in history but also filled with murder, suspense, and bit of romance on the side.

With a careful attention to historical detail, A BEAUTIFUL POISON is more than just a retelling of New York during Gilded Age. This eloquent and beautifully written story deals with murder, sickness, love, and secrets one family has had to keep.

beautiful poison

I personally think that the best part of this book is the blending of all the elements to create a seamless story. On their own, the characters, the mystery, and the historical background would be okay. Sure they would stand on their own, but nothing would dazzle. It is when the author combines and weaves together all the details, personalities, and settings that the story comes alive.

For all of you mystery lovers out there, this is a predominately character driven murder mystery. The suspense is built not only with the body count, but also by the tension between all the characters. I really enjoyed this book and think that historical fiction fans could get into it just as much as the crime lovers out there.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Summary

A Beautiful Poison CoverJust 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 more 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.

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About the Author: Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

Book Details:

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477848878
ISBN-13: 978-1477848876
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches


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