A Message in Poison delivers a rollercoaster international mystery with Dr. Lily Robinson at the helm. With plenty of twists and turns accompanied by high-quality writing, this is a series you don’t want to miss.


The Description

A Dr. Lily Robinson Novel, The Art of Secret Poisoning: Book 3
Publication Date: April 20, 2022

Sparks fly as Dr. Lily Robinson-the brilliant academic pathologist and covert assassin for the U.S. Government-investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths alongside her lover, Agent Jean Paul Marchand, and D.C. Medical Examiner Dr. Logan Pelletier.

A U.S. Senator and the president of a developing nation are found dead in their beds. As governments thousands of miles apart react to the fallout and begin their investigations, no one claims responsibility, and no motives are clear. Yet, the cause of death implies a link between the two—one that only a mind versed in poisons and politics can decipher. With her personal relationships teetering on the brink and her loved ones facing foreign threats, Lily must unravel the mystery and uncover a plot more calculating than anyone could imagine—but it may be too late.

A Message in Poison, the third part of the Art of Secret Poisoning trilogy (The Queen of All Poisons and The Power of Poison), continues with twists and turns as Dr. Lily Robinson travels the globe, stares down death, and finds herself at “another crossroad, another choice between life real or imagined…”

The fast-paced action juxtaposes nicely with the personal dilemmas Lily faces as she uncovers a new plot that forces her to reconsider her talents and place in the world.



The Review

Dr. Lily Robinson maintains a reputation as a well-respected academic pathologist while hiding the fact that she is also a covert government assassin. When she is asked to investigate two seemingly unrelated deaths of government officials, she faces the biggest challenge of her career.

Author BJ Magnani wraps up the third part of the Art of Secret Poisoning trilogy with A Message in Poison. Because there are references made to past events, I experienced a sense of FOMO (fear of missing out). This is actually a compliment to the author’s captivating storyline. For optimal enjoyment, I’d recommend grabbing the other two books.

Robinson and her team work to track down the source of the toxin, unraveling an international plot with personal ramifications. From a character standpoint, Robinson steals the show not only with her incredible knowledge but also the interesting personal dilemmas. She’s caught between two men—one a long-time lover she considers her soulmate and the other who serves as Mr. Right Now. There’s also an intriguing plot twist surrounding a daughter she’s not able to claim as hers.

Packed with drama and intrigue, along with a front-row seat at some autopsies, this story is firing on all cylinders. From Boston to Russia and the Middle East, there’s plenty of action to maintain your attention. And for those of us who enjoy shoes, Robinson never disappoints with her stiletto stash.

A Message in Poison delivers a rollercoaster international mystery with Dr. Lily Robinson at the helm. With plenty of twists and turns accompanied by high-quality writing, this is a series you don’t want to miss.

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About The AuthorBJ Magnani (Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP) is the author of the Dr. Lily Robinson novels: The Queen of All Poisons (Encircle Publications, 2019), The Power of Poison (Encircle Publications, 2021), and A Message In Poison (Encircle Publications, 2022.) Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning (nVision Publishing, 2011) is the original collection of short stories featuring the brilliant, yet deadly, doctor. Dr. Magnani is internationally recognized for her expertise in clinical chemistry and toxicology, has been named a “Top Doctor” in Boston magazine, and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Laboratory Medicine Professionals in the World by The Pathologist. She is Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (and Professor of Medicine) at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and the former Chair of both the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Toxicology Committee and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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A Message in Poison delivers a rollercoaster international mystery with Dr. Lily Robinson at the helm. With plenty of twists and turns accompanied by high-quality writing, this is a series you don’t want to miss.4.5-STAR REVIEW: A MESSAGE IN POISON by BJ Magnani