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For Your Next Murder Mystery . . . July 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Nature, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

I don’t know about you, but I appreciate it when Agatha Christie wannabes write outside the box.

Instead of relying on mundane methods of murder to kill off “the surplus population,” creative writers explore alternative murder weapons.

If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your next murder mystery, Britannica.com has got you covered:

7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants

Step away from that knife. ย Put down that gun. ย And wander out to the garden.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Tippy Gnu - July 7, 2019

Interesting article. One of my great-great-grandmothers died of milk poisoning, probably due to that dastardly snakeroot.

My sister, who is an equestrian, tells a story of a horse that took one bite from an oleander bush. The rider immediately jumped down and removed the leaves from the horse’s mouth, before it could swallow. But within hours, the horse died anyway.

And I’ve know many a pathetic person who has died from the tobacco plant.

joyroses13 - July 7, 2019

See there are alot more poisonous things out there besides arsenic and coffee.

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Yes! Let’s expand our horizons!

Tippy Gnu - July 7, 2019

True. But I think the coffee bean should be part of that list of poisonous plants. Perhaps #8.

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Maybe “they” will agree with you next week. This week, the buzz is that coffee is good-for-ya!

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Whew! Glad I quit!

Tippy Gnu - July 7, 2019

Same here, for your sake. Next step . . . coffee.

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

I don’t drink enough coffee to worry about it . . .

At the moment, I’m more concerned about the flesh eating bacteria that is breeding at the beach. It killed a 77-year-old woman who stumbled, fell, cut her knee, and went on her way.

Two weeks later, she was dead!


2. Rivergirl - July 7, 2019

A veritable pharmacy at our feet….

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Just steps away. Be careful with your plant selection as you replant your garden!

3. joyroses13 - July 7, 2019

Thanks for the ideas Nancy, may come in handy…..just for my stories of course! โ˜บ

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Of course. Just don’t kill off Santa!

joyroses13 - July 7, 2019

No worries, I would never hurt Santa!

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

That’s a relief!

4. Jill Weatherholt - July 7, 2019

Great stuff here, Nancy! I thought of you yesterday. I had my annual physical on Friday and my doctor emailed my blood work results yesterday. My cholesterol is better than it’s ever been…pass the cheese! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kate Crimmins - July 7, 2019

What do you attribute that to? Any secrets?

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Good genes!

Jill Weatherholt - July 7, 2019

I eat two hard-boiled eggs every morning with the yolk. It helps bring up your HDL which is the good cholesterol. That number took a big jump which I also attribute to eating a lot of walnuts. I work out every day too, which I would imagine helps as well.

Kate Crimmins - July 7, 2019

I like eggs too. And nuts. This past test my cholesterol went up about 20 points and I’m not sure why. Still not a problem but I’d like to be proactive.

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

Yay!!! Glad that your blood work is worth smiling about.

Say C~H~E~E~S~E! ๐Ÿ˜€

L. Marie - July 7, 2019

Congrats, Jill! Yay!

5. Kate Crimmins - July 7, 2019

Can you imagine the first person to eat a crab and wonder if they were gonna die?

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

“I’m not gonna eat it. You eat it!”
“I’m not gonna eat it. Let’s get Mikey to eat it.”

“Hey Mikey!”

“He likes it!”

Kate Crimmins - July 7, 2019


6. mybeautfulthings - July 7, 2019

I’m happy to say we have none of those in our garden – I prefer edible things. There is however Oleander just over the fence……… ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - July 7, 2019

We have some Pink Oleander planted around the neighborhood. Not sure if it’s as lethal as White Oleander.

I guess I should ask Janet Fitch. ๐Ÿ˜›

7. L. Marie - July 7, 2019

I bookmarked that article, Nancy! A good resource for mystery writers!

nrhatch - July 8, 2019

This might also interest you then:


8. L. Marie - July 8, 2019

That Poison Garden sounds like a great place to visit!

nrhatch - July 10, 2019

Some people pass out just from inhaling the toxic fumes!

9. Ally Bean - July 10, 2019

Nice list, but kind of creepy, too. People do get weird ideas. As Agatha Christie said, “there’s a lot of human nature in all of us.”

nrhatch - July 10, 2019

I stick to “light-hearted” murder mysteries these days. Nothing too intense. PBS has several ~ Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, etc.

I also like Doc Martin. He “slays” me!

Ally Bean - July 10, 2019

I love Phryne! She’s the me I wanted to be but never knew that I wanted to be until I saw her.

nrhatch - July 11, 2019

Well said ~> Phryne is quite a gal!

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