A Terry Trimble Murder Mystery.
That depends upon conditions, of course. The poison is virulent. I should say that, taken into the stomach, or introduced directly into the blood, it would cause death in from two to ten minutes, depending upon the constitution and general condition of the victim."
"Then the girl could have swallowed it in here when she took a drink and have reached the other room before she dropped dead?"
"Yes. But it would have had to have been in a bit of paper or a small bottle. However, if it was in paste form, a piece one-quarter the size of a pea would have done the work, and it could have been carried in a corner of a handkerchief. A speck of the stuff would cause death in some cases."
"Possibly, then, she committed suicide."
"But this poison cannot be obtained readily, even by chemists or members of the medical profession," the doctor protested. "And that girl was not the sort to commit suicide."
"You never can tell."
"That's true, of course," replied the doctor.