"The Vitamin Murders"
Reading history and reviews
Finished in 2007I bought this to read on my flight to Salt Lake City for a conference in July, based on a review that I'd read. Ostensibly it's the story of the author's investigations into the 1950's murder of the food scientist Jack Drummond and his family while on holiday in the south of France. Jack Drummond is all but forgotten now here in Britian even though he was hugely influential at the time in the emerging field of nutrition, and played a vital role during WWII in devising diets that kept the British people healthy.
The book is framed as a narrative, with the authors uncovering of Drummond and his legacy interwoven with his investigations into the various chemicals used in modern farming since the 1950's which make their way into our bodies. The various strands are interesting, however I found something about the writer's style a bit irritating and that spoilt my enjoyment a bit.