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Writing History & Mysteries

When I'm not delving into historical research, I'm planning a character's demise.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A is for ARSENIC

Arsenic was always the poison of choice for 19th century women when they wanted to do away with a pesky husband--no mess, little clean up. Bread & Butter the Murders of Polly Frisch is about such a woman. A 19th century true crime. Here is an excerpt:

An autopsy proved there was arsenic in the bodies of her dead family members, but arsenic was commonly used for medicinal purposes during the 1800s. Could Polly or the doctors have done it accidentally with one of the medications prescribed? Or, if the Hoag’s were intentionally poisoned, could someone other than Polly be responsible? 

With the death of her husband and two of her children the town became suspicious that something odd was going on in the Hoag household. After four months of investigation, Polly would be indicted on three counts of murder in the first degree. What would come to light over the next two years would shock and horrify this small knit community to such an extreme that it would haunt them for decades to come.

Release date today! The hardcovers below went live. The soft cover and Kindle versions will be out this week. Be sure to come back during April while I blog about 19th century true crimes.



  1. What a fascinating topic for your A-Z challenge. I will be back to learn more this month and beyond. Thanks for doing the series.

  2. I wondered if you were going to do A - Z this year. This post may come in handy down the line :D

  3. great post, I'm looking forward to more.

  4. Oh, I'm delighted to see you doing A to Z!!!! I'm gonna get a full scoop!!!! And, let me know when kindle version is available!!!


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Tonawanda Indian Reservation Historical Society,
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