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posted: 3/17/2014 9:22 AM

Four Seasons Book Club takes on forensics in the Jazz Age

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Submitted by Nana Herron, Rolling Meadows Library

The carefree spirit of the Jazz Age included music, dance, corruption, Prohibition, and modern technology. However, it was also a time when murder by poison flourished.

For the spring meeting of the Four Seasons Book Club, we will be reading "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" by Deborah Blum. The classic cases of murder by poison featured in each chapter of Blum's lively book are sure to appeal to fans of true crime and television shows like CSI and NCIS.

New members are welcome to join the group as they learn about forensic science and uncover the sinister history of poisons. To sign up and reserve your copy, please call the Rolling Meadows Library at (847) 259-6050 and ask for the Reference Desk.

The Four Seasons Book Club will discuss this book at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane, Rolling Meadows. Coffee, tea, and a sweet treat will be served. This nonfiction book club meets quarterly to discuss a different topic each season.