Guest Post: Duffy Brown Tells How to Choose The Right Poison (Plus a giveaway!)

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Photo Credit: Berkley

Today, Duffy Brown stops by to talk about she chose the poison used in PEARLS AND POISON & other ideas to kill a fictional character.  Plus, Duffy has generously offered 2 Totes for readers of Traveling With T to win (scroll down to the bottom of the page and check that Rafflecopter link!)

How to Choose Poison To Kill Fictional Characters

Poisonous Posies

A title like Pearls and Poison doesn’t leave much to the imagination on the murder weapon of choice but the question is how to get the job done.

With a gun you pull the trigger and bam it’s over. With a knife it’s slash and dash, but with poison the possibilities are endless. Where do you get it? You just don’t walk into Walgreens and ask which aisle has the cyanide. How much do you need? Which ones work the best? What do you mix it in?

So, like I always do when I have a question, I hit the Google and there it was…plants! With Pearls and Poison set in Savannah there are lots and lots of plants year round. All I had to do was pick one…decisions, decisions.

Everyone knows Poinsettia berries are a big no-no but I bet you didn’t know those lovely spring daffodils you adore can cause big problems. You may not die; you’ll just be so sick you wish you were dead.

I have a whole hedge of oleander in my back yard and one plant could probably wipe out my neighborhood. Good thing we never used the sticks to roast marshmallows!

Rhododendron, jasminem azaleas and wisteria, foxglove is so beautiful, they are the focal point of spring and toxic to extreme. The victim gets deathly ill then a coma and then he kisses his butt goodbye. ( I used one of these in Pearls and Poison)

Yew is fatal and has no symptoms you just keel right over. Up  one minute, dead the next.

And then there’s Lantana, buttercups, foxglove, periwinkle Vinci rose. These are in every summer garden and pot and totally lethal. How can thing be so lovely and so deadly?

Never feed your dogs onions. Chokecherry is death to horses.

I did a ton of research for Pearls and Poison to get the right poison and figure out how to get the victim…who deserves to die…to drink it.

When doing this research I was invited to a dinner party and asked to bring ice cream instead of the salad. Wonder why?

I had a cleaning lady. All my poisonous plant books along with Deadly Doses, Armed and Dangerous and Intent to Kill were on my desk. She never came back. Life is not easy for a mystery writer.

Have a wonderful summer, enjoy your flowers…just don’t eat them.



*Thanks Duffy Brown for giving us a list of plants to avoid (or to use!)


2 readers will have them some PEARLS AND pearls and poison totePOISON totes to carry their books in. Super cute bags- this giveaway is open to US/Canada folks! Giveaway begins March 5 and ends March 10th!
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Author Bio:

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Photo Credit: Berkley


Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlock and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cyclepath Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island. Duffy writes romance as Dianne Castell and is a USA Today bestselling author.

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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6 thoughts on “Guest Post: Duffy Brown Tells How to Choose The Right Poison (Plus a giveaway!)

  1. duffybrown says:

    Hi, Tamara! Wonderful being here and thanks so much for having me. Loved doing all the research on poisons…I think that’s a bad thing to admit to. Sometimes I think the cops are going to come knocking on my door to arrest me for all the murders in Cincinnati with all the crazy stuff I look up online. LOL

    • Hi Duffy!
      Wonderful to have you here 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVED reading about the research! Hopefully your research will never get you in trouble 😉 Just fictional trouble is all you need!

      • duffybrown says:

        Yes, the fictional kind is always best…I can write my way out of it. LOL Thanks for having me at your great site. What fun to see where life takes you. Hugs.

  2. Elizabeth Dent says:

    Hi Duffy , have not read any of your books , but always looking for new authors and Choose The Right Poison sounds good . Would love to win the bag .

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