The Power of Poison

A Dr. Lily Robinson Novel • Book 2

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.

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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.”

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Based on 43 Reviews
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MoonDancer
September 14, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Web of Intrigue

I love this book. The author weaves an excellent balance between tension and soft emotions. Being familiar with the main characters after reading book one, I felt more connected to them. We are reminded in this story that Lily Robinson is not only a human being, but a woman who still feels the loss of her child, who deals with regret and what ifs while navigating through danger and trying to save lives. The web of intrigue is wider in this book and the reader will enjoy the many twists and turns with some surprising connections and revelations. Part of this author’s style is her excellent use of dramatic irony. I found myself looking for the next crossroad or ah-hah moment, waiting for the puzzle pieces to come together. Descriptions of place created vivid images as I read. The ending will tug at your heart strings. The Power of Poison has a power of its own to hold the reader’s attention. I couldn’t put it down.

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David A Deese
July 13, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance and intrigue of the characters and plot measure up to the very best suspense novels!

Book two in this series, The Power of Poison, which launches from The Queen of all Poisons, is even more intriguing and suspenseful than the first. It is another great read with frightening twists and turns of the plot lines, profound challenges in professional, parenting, romantic, and coming of age relationships, and fascinating development of key continuing and new characters. The intricacies of the plot in book two are even more dramatic and engaging. While the plot lines woven around poisons carry over, the central theme is fresh, surprising, and all too realistic or possible in today’s world. The mother-daughter, or more general parenting/adult children relationships might be the most engaging for some readers. How painful can it be to do the right thing for an adult child? Do most adult children these days have this extent of true love, dedication, and commitment for a badly injured parent? Family roots connect deeply, in surprising ways, across the main characters. At the same time, professional, romantic, and extended family relationships are all crucial to the suspense and mystery. Some readers will be drawn more to Lily and JP’s romantic-professional relationship that takes on new meanings in book two. Others may find Lily’s or Rose’s relationship with Dr. Kelley, Lily’s academic colleague, to be the most intriguing and engaging. My favorite to follow, Dr. Leigh, comes alive onto center stage from his lab in Hong Kong in clever and novel ways, especially in his multifaceted relationships with Lily. JP’s origins, connections, and love life with Lily all take on new dimensions, as Lily is drawn ever more away from the academic life and into an even high powered assassin for the CIA. The interconnections between highly skilled Russian operatives, a brilliant Chinese scientist, a defecting US doctor, and North Korea’s insidious drives all help make this a great read. Just like Lily’s self-challenge to “solve” the most complex puzzles, readers will want to read this thriller in the same week or two in order to help “solve the puzzles” of these brilliantly woven relationships, plot lines, and outcomes.

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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.

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Mei-Yu H.
June 23, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars 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!

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Farhad A
May 19, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and powerful!

Another great book from Dr. Magnani! A true thriller and adrenaline realizing novel, in a book, which the story is familiar for all of us in the third decade of 21 century. This book is a true page turner that will not disappoint the reader! I would call it addictive, bed-time pleasure, and enemy of Netflix since I haven’t watched my favorite episodes since I have this book! Dr Lily Robinson is a clinical pathologist, toxicologist, and an assassin for the U.S. government. The story is a true scientific facts, which is familiar with whoever, taking clinical pathology courses or residency rotation in this field. In fact, I simply can’t wait for her next and next and next upcoming novels from Dr. Magnani! Please take a note that Dr. Magnani graciously donates benefits from these series to the College of American Pathologists Foundation, helping to sponsor free breast and cervical cancer screenings for under resourced women. So Kudos to her on this matter! Adrenaline pumping action, mystery, and heartache all wrapped up with a healthy dose of realism and a sprinkle of romance. Within the first chapter I became immersed in Dr. Robinson’s life and quickly lost all track of time (be forewarned this is not a pick up-read a chapter-put down kind of book but rather a book to settle in with and stay up past your bedtime). Each chapter left me wanting to know more and I found myself emotionally drained by the end with the ups-downs, twists and turns. This book is a true page turner that will not disappoint! It follows the exploits of Dr Lily Robinson, a pathologist, toxicologist and an assassin for the U.S. government. It is a well written gripping story which brings out the enormous knowledge of toxicology, clinical chemistry and pathology of its author Dr B.J. Magnani. The story is full of scientific facts arising in laboratories all over the world and it makes up a gripping, interesting and enthralling thriller. As a bonus the reader receives a detailed review of important toxins, venoms and other poisons as an addendum to the main account. This is a great story with wonderful, interesting characters that will leave you waiting for the next episode. 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. Another engrossing & fascinating novel about Dr Lily Robinson -you won’t be able to put it down! I would recommend this novel produce as a TV series. I simply can’t wait for her next novel. Dr. Magnani graciously donates proceeds to the College of American Pathologists Foundation, helping to sponsor free breast and cervical cancer screenings for under resourced women. Kudos to Dr. Magnani!

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Digiecard
February 25, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW – A MUST READ

The Power of Poison, book 2 of the series starts off where book 1 left you hanging. That’s all right because I did not have to wait long to buy the book and read it – which I did in one seating. The main characters are back and the author does a great job of weaving several stories together where they flow effortlessly. I am not giving any spoilers away but boy by the time the book ended I was holding my breath. Hurry book 3, I can’t wait that long!

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NH
January 22, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!

Plot twists, suspense, and a melange of science, medicine, and espionage. BJ Magnani keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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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!

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JC
October 8, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to this series…

BJ Magnani gets the science right and tells a compelling story in the second installment of the Lily Robinson series. The story stands on its own even if you haven’t read the first book (although I highly recommend that you do). A toxicologists and mystery-lovers dream!

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KStJarre
October 4, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! My advice? Read Book #2 first!

She’s back! THE POWER OF POISON’s protagonist, Lily Robinson, is back in yet another winner by Magnani. I had worried that the author was such as expert in her field, a pathologist and renowned expert in toxicology, that the science might overwhelm the plot. It does not, it’s perfectly woven in. A terrific thrill ride, and my advice? Read THE POWER OF POISON first and THEN go back and read book #1 in the series, THE QUEEN OF ALL POISONS. I think that way, you get two great stories, but book #1 will be answering questions that book #2 created for you about a character I’m sure you’ll love. Wholeheartedly recommend this novel.

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Fern's Dad
September 22, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars 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.

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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.

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Tomaso
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!!

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Jeanna
August 4, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars It grabs you from the first page…

…and won’t let go! The ongoing story of Dr Lily Robinson takes the reader even further into the characters’ development in her first novel with breathtaking intrigue, answering many questions, while creating others. BJ Magnani writes with such creative visuality that Lily Robinson is a character you long to see again, perhaps in a television series. She is a modern, highly intelligent, passionate and striking character who weaves in and around her targets like a stealth bomber. I simply can’t wait for her next novel.

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J9 DeG PI
July 21, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew poison could be so interesting!

The second novel in the Dr. Lily Robinson series picks up to answer some of the questions that left us hanging from The Queen of All Poisons. Lots of intertwining plot lines keep you moving quickly through the story. A very enjoyable read that leaves you wanting to pick up the next in the series. I can see this as a binge-worthy Netflix series!

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Emmett
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!

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TAI C. KWONG
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.

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Valerie Rabson
May 23, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, gripping thriller

This is an exciting sequel to The Queen of All Poisons. It follows the exploits of Dr Lily Robinson, a pathologist, toxicologist and an assassin for the U.S. government. It is a well written gripping story which brings out the enormous knowledge of toxicology, clinical chemistry and pathology of its author Dr B.J. Magnani. The story is full of scientific facts arising in laboratories all over the world and it makes up a gripping, interesting and enthralling thriller. As a bonus the reader receives a detailed review of important toxins, venoms and other poisons as an addendum to the main account. This is a great story with wonderful, interesting characters that will leave you waiting for the next episode.

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JWinter
April 23, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sequel

This is a sequel to The Queen of All Poisons. It is an action-packed thriller that effectively weaves in medical and scientific knowledge and plot lines while also advancing the story around Dr. Lily Robinson, her lover and intelligence partner JP, Rose and Alexis. It was very intriguing and enjoyable to get more of their “back story.” Some of the storylines from The Queen of All Poisons were resolved in The Power of Poison while others were revealed and left open. This was a thrilling, un-put-downable read. Once you start this book, you won’t want it to end. Guess we’ll have to wait for the next in this series to see what happens next. I would encourage readers to also pick up The Queen of All Poisons, the first in the series. I admire the writing skills, hard work and dedication shown by Dr. Magnani, the author, in writing this wonderful series. Dr. Magnani graciously donates proceeds to the College of American Pathologists Foundation, helping to sponsor free breast and cervical cancer screenings for under resourced women.

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Tom Q.
April 20, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended

I highly recommend BJ Magnani’s “The Power of Poison”. Her depiction to details throughout the book is fascinating. The suspense keeps you engaged to see what will happen next. Dr. Magnani provides intricate details describing various poisons. Plus, “The Power of Poison” is complete with love, lies, and espionage. What else would you need? I cannot wait for her next books in this alluring series.

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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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Elyse F.
April 6, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting page turner! Couldn’t put it down!

Meeting Dr. Lily Robinson in the first book, The Queen of All Poisons, was a true highlight of the many characters I’ve met in my reading career. I wanted more answers. I was thrilled that Dr. Bj Magnani wrote the second book of a trilogy entitled, The Power of Poison. This book got me hooked from the heartwarming dedication to the very last chapter. There are so many scientific facts, trips around the globe, people in Dr. Lily’s life who have their stories to share and so much more. The character development is fabulous, bringing the reader further along from the first book! The Power of Poison is a page turner. Dr. Magnani obviously uses her vast scientific knowledge to enhance her audience. She is also well traveled and takes us away to places in a time that we cannot go anywhere. I highly recommend this book along with The Queen of All Poisons. I’m actually excitedly waiting to read the third book of this trilogy!

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L. Fisher
April 2, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling, wonderfully crafted must read

I loved this book! It has everything I look for. Unexpected twists and turns, great character development, and a sense of urgency that kept me turning the pages. I could not stop reading! Being reacquainted with and having further insight into the characters introduced in The Queen of All Poisons was a gift. Ms. Magnani has carefully crafted each character showing the reader more and more of who they are. The plot was not only creative but compelling. All in all a gre read I can heartily recommend.

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Ay Dee
April 1, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!

The Power of Poison Is a must read! Plot has so many scary twists and turns. Very believable situations and characters, the science is well researched and easy to understand. Dr. Robinson, a brilliant scientist that you want on your side!

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Dennis Strenk
March 30, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second installment in the Dr Lily Robinson series

This second book in the series takes place shortly after the events of the Queen of All Poisons. Many of the main characters return, along with a few new ones. This book reveals quite a bit more of the backstories of some of the characters, including how Dr Lily Robinson was recruited to join the Agency. One revelation about a character even surprises Dr Robinson, causing her to wonder, “how well do we really know someone? I never seem to know.” While it isn’t necessary to have read The Queen of All Poisons, the first book in the series, I recommend that you do. It helps to be already familiar with the characters, and you’ll understand the references to events from the previous book. Author Dr BJ Magnani cleverly intersperses real science through the dialogue. This is most notable when Lily Robinson explains the poisons she uses and their mechanisms. This is often to the dismay of some of the other characters, which has a bit of a comedic effect. The story is action-packed, and I really enjoyed the international aspect of it. The book is a page turner. I could not put it down, especially during the exciting ending, which I did not see coming. The very last scene definitely left me wanting more, and I look forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book.

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