The Queen of All Poisons

A Boston physician becomes an assassin for the U.S. government in this medical suspense thriller by an award-winning pathologist (Book 1 in the Dr. Lily Robinson trilogy.)

Hidden under a cloak of legitimacy, I have been pressed to deliver extraordinary service for my country. It has been a successful ruse. A premium blend of dark deception with just an aroma of truth. – Dr. Lily Robinson


Dr. Lily Robinson is a brilliant physician with an encyclopedic knowledge of all toxins and poisons, and a penchant for wearing stilettos. In an unforeseeable twist in her life, the United States Government appeals to her patriotism–and her knowledge of how to kill without bloodshed, to rid the world of threats to our nation. Emotionally blunted and flawed, she struggles to move between assassin and healer, yet still able to fulfill her competing objectives. Now asked to assassinate a terrorist threatening New York City, she quickly realizes the Russians have already released a deadly toxin in a surprisingly innocuous medium.

Based on 89 Reviews
C. M. Wendelboe
July 2, 2022

A mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing,

The author, a world-renown expert on poisons, takes the reader through a maze of intrigue. Lily Robinson is not your stereotypical assassin. She is beautiful, intelligent, and ruthless in her own way. Will a terrorist organization succeed in poisoning everyone in the city? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I need to warn you, the denouement isn’t what you’d expect.

Mei-Yu H.
June 23, 2022

Be prepared to read it in one seating!

Fascinating murder mystery thriller! Engaging story lines make it both highly entertaining AND educational – hard to put down. Highly recommended!

Avram D Lavinsky
March 5, 2022

Scary and Original

A scary and original slant on the thriller from an internationally recognized pathologist/toxicologist. So glad BJ Magnani works for the good guys.

September 22, 2021

Clever page-turner

Looking forward to seeing what Dr. Lily is up to next. She’s a timely character – the book would make a great movie. Science-minded readers will enjoy the thorough explorations of toxins and their effects.

May 30, 2021

You won't put it down — a real page turner!

It grabs you from the first page and hangs on till the last leaving you wanting more. A textbook thriller of toxins and international intrigue taught by an unforgettable character, Lily Robinson.

Matthew Mostofi
December 30, 2020

Awesome Book With Lots of Twists And Turns!!

My favorite part of the book: the twists and turns throughout. It was exciting to see how things would connect between all of the characters. There were also a lot of surprises. There was enough heat in the book which also made it a great read. I loved all of the toxicology. I would also recommend reading the book over a couple of days which will help you remember all of the characters. Lily Robinson was a phenomenal character!! I highly recommend the book!!! I cannot wait for the sequel!

December 21, 2020

Loved this intriguing fictional story that is relevant today.

I loved the protagonist Lily Robinson’s smooth style and confidence. She made me curious about her inner feelings and her true beliefs about her career choice. Parts of the book gently lead you into her past, yet keep you in the dark and wanting more. Even though I am not a scientist, the writer made me want to learn more about the art of poison. Can’t wait for the next book!

December 9, 2020

Great Book!

Fantastic! Plot twists that keep you guessing throughout the book. Combines science, medicine and adventure in a fun read!

Farhad A
November 9, 2020

Very enjoyable reading!

I was first introduced to this book by a colleague pathologist. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down even for few minutes. Amazing story and amazing science of toxicology. Lily Robinson in the Art of Secret Poisoning and couldn’t wait for more Lily. If you enjoy reading crime scientific books, as well as learning about toxicology and effect of different poisons, this is a book for you. If you are even little bit curious about toxicology this book will amaze you. Yes and yes, looking forward to the next book and seeing what Lilly gets up to next.

Kenneth Weiss
October 31, 2020

The book is amazing with a special plot and characters.

This book is really amazing. The plot and the characters are really interesting and very special. Looking foward to reading the next book.

Dennis Strenk
October 24, 2020

“Pathologists are the invisible thread in the weave of healthcare.”

Dr Lily Robinson leads a double life. She’s a pathologist, but also an international assassin. As you can guess by the title, Poisons are her weapon of choice. The author, a pathologist as well, weaves a tale that keeps you guessing at what will happen next. You can tell she is passionate about her field. The best part is the science in the book is real, and so are all the poisons. There’s a section at the end of the book for those who wish to learn more about them. A great book. I look forward to more adventures of Dr Robinson.

Tom Q.
September 24, 2020

A Must Read !!!

The “Queen of all Poisons” is the creative work of Dr. B.J. Magnani. It is a fascinating story of toxicology medicine mixed with espionage, that kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Her detailed descriptions in every chapter were superb along with her impeccable knowledge of medicine, analytical testing, and toxicology. A must read for those in medicine and toxicology. I am looking forward to more books from Dr. Magnani. I highly recommend it.

Dan Manning
September 21, 2020

Great Read! Lily Robinson is captivating

If you want a read that grapples with the complexities of a woman who is carnal in her personal life, compassionate in her chosen career as a Pathologist specializing in toxicology, but cold and detached in her un-chosen career as an assassin who kills with poison leaving no trace, you will love this book. It blends a back story of a coercive environment a mother faces in drug charged Colombia, her daughter and step daughter who diverge into separate lives, with a mass murder plot that accelerates to a torrid finish. Along the way you learn how cocaine is made, how to stop a heart, and where to get poison from the back of a frog. Couldn’t put it down.

geraldine emmett
August 29, 2020

Weekend mystery can’t put it down

I love the lily Robinson series ! After reading it I bought 9 copies for my girlfriends and gave them as gifts . It is well written ,great entertainment and a fast read . The main character is sexy and smart and the plot is very timely . Perfect for a weekend break !

July 29, 2020

Mystery and medicine….perfect combination!

Lily Robinson…toxicologist, trusted colleague, teacher, mentor, lover and friend. The many facets of this character take the reader down some very interesting paths. Wonderfully written combination of mystery and science. Great storyline that includes current events intertwined with the world of laboratory medicine. Enjoyable for those in the field yet the author provides enough explanation on the science plus the plot which captures the attention of all readers. Great read!

June 23, 2020

Great toxicology tale! Learn and be entertained at the same time!

This book is full of true facts about toxins and toxicants but also is a source of inspiration for those that might consider a career in toxicology. Great ending too!!! Highly recommended. GM

Patricia Danna
June 18, 2020

Medical thriller; covert assassinations; well-dressed killer.

Ms. Magnani’s book is a roller coaster thrill ride. She executes the perfect murders as part of a covert government assassination team. This is a good read…a little heavy on toxicology terms for the novice, but she does have a glossary of poisons as back-matter. A well-dressed killer, Dr. Robinson is the “queen of all poisons”–more wicked than Lucretia Borgia!

Bonnie Scott
May 31, 2020

Great escape reading

What fun!! Fast paced, intriguing and smart. Never make an enemy of a toxicologist.

Graham Jones
May 29, 2020

Great read!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the fictional Dr. Lily Robinson in “The Queen of All Poisons”. Dr. Robinson is a clinical pathologist and medical toxicologist at a major hospital in Boston, who has a special interest in exotic and unusual poisons. That interest led her to be recruited (albeit reluctantly) by a major U.S. agency occasionally involved in clandestine assassinations in the U.S. and around the world. The author’s own experience as a pathologist and medical toxicologist helps lend authenticity to the poisoning scenarios described in “The Queen of Poisons”. The last part of the book is devoted to describing the various mineral, plant and animal poisons used by Dr. Robinson and should be of interest to any reader interested in “poisons” – both the nerdy scientists that some of us are, and the lay readers of Agatha Christie and other authors who love to include poisoning in their crime novels.

Kenneth Miller
May 8, 2020

A medical thriller.

The Queen of al Poisons is the second book framed around the life of female academic pathologist toxicologist Dr. Lily Robinson written by a nationally recognized pathologist, toxicologist. The book is scientifically accurate but reads like a mystery novel. Lily Robinson is a complex character. This is the second book focusing on poisons and Lily Robinson who occasionally caries out covert, but necessary, assassinations of individuals who are potential threats to our security. The story is fast paced and reads like a well thought out mystery on the use of undetectable poisons and the art of killing. Lily has matured from her first book; she kills without remorse, or guilt. While book tells the story of the ideal serial killer, I yearned to learn about the darker side Dr. Robinson. The book is a l an exciting and satisfying read. While it is a medical thriller its scope is larger, and Lily is a complex woman who is not easily forgotten. The book is one of the best fictional works that reads like nonfiction and kept me up at night wondering who Dr. Robinson’s next victim will be. To understand the darker side of Lily Robinson, an academic physician who can kill without regret we must wait for the next book. I give it 5 stars as a medical crime novel.

gilbert wise
March 29, 2020

Science and Mystery

This book combines fascinating science, plant biology, poisonous plants with fascinating characters in the CIA, Russian espionage. The lead character Dr. Lily Robinson an eminent pathologist is a master secret agent who utilizes stealth and intrigue to achieve her goals. One is held mesmerized throughout the book and very anxious when Dr Robinson is in danger. The authoress provides an overview of ‘Lily’s Toxins’. I look forward to sequels.

February 4, 2020

Another master piece from the "queen of poisons"

this is another very intriguing creative writing that Dr. BJ Magnani put together. She is the expert in her field as a toxicologist and a physician pathologist – well the “queen of poisons” herself. The story was very breathtaking and the explanations were very educational. This made the book a great read for those who enjoying the thrilling of assassination stories or the curious mind of how poisons work or both. Furthermore, the proceeds of the book will help the See Test & Treat program for breast cancer awareness.

An amazing read that will leave you wanting more!

THE QUEEN OF ALL POISONS. It’s all in the title. A book about a brilliant female toxicologist and physician who works secretly for the U.S government by assassinating terrorist with what she knows best, Poison. This book pulls you in with the extensive knowledge and suspense. There are unexpected turns you don’t see coming, which makes it hard to put the book down. It leaves you wanting more!! I also Love the books demonstration of power in women no matter the circumstances. May it be the extensive knowledge and brilliant mind of Dr. Lily, or the things mothers will do to keep their children safe, and how women can adapt and strive in hard situations. This book is a great read and highly recommended. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, anxiously waiting to see what the writer has in store for Lily and JP, how “Alexis” ended up in that situation, and how rose will react when everything is revealed ❤️

November 16, 2019

Entertaining and true to the science

I’m a toxicologist – she nailed the science! Great read and proceeds go to a great cause. Buy this book!

Steve B
November 13, 2019

Outstanding book!

The Queen Of All Poisons takes you into the world of Dr. Lily Robinson, an academic physician who, on the side, is a secret assassin for the U.S. government. Being a medical expert in toxicology provides her the perfect cover for her covert activities. This latest adventure/mystery weaves espionage and toxicology in a clever thriller. Thoroughly enjoyable! A great novel for a trip or weekend escape.

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