X typically marks the spot, so they say. In our collection, X stands for Mystery, just like how a skull and cross bones “X” stands for poison. Poison is known to be the number one choice by women to murder someone. In history, one clever way women would poison their enemies was to wear a ring on one of their fingers that popped open quickly and held poison that they would turn ever so slightly above someone’s drink as they walked by. Most detectives will assume the murder was done by a murderess when poison is involved. Even in movies such as Arsenic and Old Lace, two sweet old ladies find they have a way to show mercy for a man who has nothing left to live for (it’s an act of kindness really). Watch a series like CSI, and there are bound to be a few episodes related to female killers who use poison as their weapon of choice. Other examples may be found in Agatha Christies’ “Sparkling Cyanide” or “Cards on the Table”. Consider reading the following books if you are interested in the fictional art of poisoning; Laura Childs “Pekoe Most Poison”, Catherine Lloyd’s “Death Comes to London”, Mary Laurence’s “Alchemist’s Daughter”, or Tarquin Hall’s “The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken”. If you look at The Science and Technology department next to The Center for the Reader you can find books about poisonous plants and what to avoid when out in the wilderness.