Murder and Mayhem
If you want to know how dangerous it is to transport heroin in a swallowed condom, how many rhubarb leaves are needed to kill someone, or how mood cosmetics would look on a corpse, then Murder and Mayhem is the book for you.
The origins of this volume are, appropriately for a crime writer, rather convoluted. It all began with a suggestion from the past president of the south Californian chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. The idea was that the newsletters March of Crime and The Sleuth Sayer would benefit from a source of specialist medical knowledge. A column, ‘The doctor is in,’ was born and proved to be so popular that cardiologist Dr Lyle received hundreds of letters from ‘detail conscious’ writers looking for plausible solutions to their complex plot problems. Murder and Mayhem is a compilation of some of these questions and their often surprising answers.