I just received this book in the mail. I cannot wait to read it! It sounds intriguing. The thought did occur to me while reading this book. Sari sounds like the Kevorkian of unwanted men. The description makes me antsy to find out why. Why would she be so motivated to do this? Why the whole town? This book got me hooked and I haven't even started reading it.
Synopsis: (from SOHO Press website):
Teenage Sari's smart, inquisitive nature would be enough to make her an outcast in her isolated provincial village; add to that her knowledge of healing herbs, and she's widely considered a witch.
When the men go off to fight World War I, however, everything changes. Without their oppressive and often abusive husbands and boyfriends, the women at last taste freedom and independence, and Sari makes friends. She and a number of other women in the village even begin relationships with injured Italian POWs housed nearby. Swept up in an intellectual and passionate love affair with a university professor, Sari's mind and body awaken for the first time in her life.
With the war's end, the men of the village return. Sari's freedom—and her newfound friendships—are imperiled. But just as Sari knows the herbs that will heal, she knows as well those that will kill. It takes several weeks for the arsenic, sprinkled in her fiancé's food, to finish him off. The first poisoning leads to another, and then another. Based on a true story, The Angel Makers shows how a good person can be led to evil, and how a community can come together to conceal unspeakable crimes.