The poisoner’s handbook?

In the latest edition of the British Medical Journal, Theodore Dalrymple declares Anthony Berkeley Cox’s 1931 novel Malice Aforethought a masterpiece:

Malice Aforethought is as much a brilliant comedy of manners as a crime novel and as much a depiction of self deception as a comedy of manners. It therefore repays close study: for men were deceivers ever, both of themselves and others.

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