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 38 Reviews
Wendy G
November 11, 2021

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

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

Great novel!

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

May 28, 2021

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.

Valerie Rabson
May 23, 2021

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.

April 23, 2021

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.

William Haut
April 18, 2021

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.

Carey A.
March 28, 2021

Enthralling, exciting, and very believable!

Couldn’t put it down!!! The Power of Poison, the newest Dr. Lily Robinson novel, does NOT fail to deliver! It’s an intricate and exciting story filled with intrigue and science as well as a compelling personal saga. This book alludes to so many recent trends that it is all the more believable. And, if you are missing travel, the scenes set in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Reims accurately transport you there. Make sure you have a free week-end for this, because you won’t be able to put it down. Please also be aware that the author, 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. So it’s a total win-win!

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