The Power of Poison

In this thrilling sequel to The Queen of All Poisons, Dr. Lily Robinson, driven by guilt over her daughter’s death, returns with a mission to save the U.S. from a devastating missile attack.

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Lily Robinson—the brilliant pathologist and toxicologist—was a member of a scientific expedition in Colombia, South America, that ended in the death of her colleagues and, presumably, her little girl. Unaware of the true circumstances of her tragedy, Dr. Robinson’s despair made her fair game for recruitment by a secret government agency whose objective is to eliminate threats to a free and peaceful world. Her guiding mantra, “the good of the many outweighs the good of the one,” allowed her to rationalize, and to lead, a double life—a physician in one world, and a covert assassin in another.


Now, Dr. Robinson is asked to assassinate a high-level Chinese missile scientist who is on course to sell his novel technology to the North Korean government. Unbeknownst to Lily, Grigory Markovic, a Russian terrorist Lily has encountered in the past, is also planning an arms deal with the North Koreans–warheads filled with deadly poison.

The Power of Poison is a tale of espionage, love, relationships, and loyalty, all meeting at the “intersection of obligation and conscience.” And whether it’s Boston, France, Seoul, or Hong Kong, as always, Dr. Lily Robinson is “dressed to kill.”

Based on 42 Reviews
Mike Befeler
March 24, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and engaging thriller

A strong female protagonist in an exciting international thriller that will keep you turning the pages with a dash of romance, lots of intrigue and a dynamite ending.

Wendy G
November 11, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars fun thriller

I’m a fan of the series of Dr. Lily Robinson. A great escape into the secret world of political assassination. The author gives great details about the power of poisons.. Great fun read!

S Kulpa
September 22, 2021

Spent a terrific weekend with Lilly!

After reading about Lily Robinson in The Queen of all Poisons I couldn’t wait for more. Well the wait was well worth it and after spending a rainy weekend with Lily in The Power of Poison, I was not disappointed. If you enjoy reading crime thrillers, as well as learning about different poisons and their effects, this is a book for you. Looking forward to the next book and seeing what Lilly gets up to next.

August 8, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read

The book was much like a winding country road in a fast car. Never knowing what’s around the next bend. Even though I am a guy, regular guy, that is; the ending had me in tears, and with feelings of hope. Brilliant!!

June 9, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!

Another engrossing & fascinating novel about Dr Lily Robinson -you won’t be able to put it down!

May 28, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable thriller

It was a great read. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. The plot was well crafted to showcase Lily Robinson, not only of her intriguing character and past history, but also her knowledge of poison. The author’s expertise in the exotic poisons adds so much to the intrigues. Highly recommended.

William Haut
April 18, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Rollercoaster

The Power of Poison picks up where The Queen of All Poisons ends. We learn more about Lily, her daughter, and her struggle to balance her two disparate worlds. Both novels derive from the original short story collection, Lily Robinson and The Art of Secret Poisoning. There are ample opportunities for the storyline to interface with the realities of today’s political threats and the values of science as a discipline. I enjoyed this book enormously, as I have all the Lily Robinson stories—tossing me about, lost in a different reality. I find the writing captivating, emotional, absorbing. And when all of the pieces of the story finally fit in place, as in a picture puzzle, what remains is simply beautiful. All of it brought me to tears.

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