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The Poison Bed


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The most powerful man in England, his lover and his lover's wife. One of them is a killer.

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E.C. Fremantle holds a First for her BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As Elizabeth Fremantle she is the critically acclaimed author of four Tudor historical novels- Queen's Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and The Girl in the Glass Tower. She lives in London and Norfolk.


Engaging, vivid and revelling in historical detail, this thriller delves into a notorious murder. The reversal comes in a double blow, the first of which is so cunningly done I found myself pausing, frowning and riffling back through the pages to confirm that I had, indeed, been thoroughly stitched up * Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent *
A twisting psychological thriller based on a real Jacobean murder. Unputdownable * The Times *
A gripping historical thriller. Think Gone Girl with bodices. Brilliant * Glamour *
A tale of intrigue and ambition, this is a rich and fascinating book -- ONE OF THE BEST RECENT CRIME NOVELS * The Guardian *
A gripping page-turner that will have you awake long into the night. Ingenious * The Times *
An intoxicating blend of intrigue, seduction, witchcraft and murder. The Poison Bed is beautifully told and impossible to put down -- Karen Perry
An electrifying, brilliantly executed thriller * Woman & Home *
Gripping and fascinating. Fremantle is a master * Santa Montefiore *
Who is to blame? And will they get away with it? A rollicking read * Heat *
Immaculately detailed and atmospheric, this Jacobean mystery borrows from both the revenge tragedies and contemporary noir thriller to manipulate the reader. It is dark, clever and compulsive -- Elizabeth Buchan * Daily Mail *
A novel set in the court of James I that reopens the case of Robert and Frances Carr, aristocrats charged with killing a man who opposed their marriage. With skill and delicacy, Fremantle presents the period as a cabinet of curiosities * New York Times *
Exquisite. The reveal is terrifying -- Toby Clements
A Jacobean Gone Girl! Dark and deeply satisfying, The Poison Bed is a tale of monstrous intrigue and murder -- M J Carter
A riveting tale that kept me reading into the night. Beautifully written and realised -- Costa shortlisted Kate Hammer
A thoroughly compelling tale of sexually-charged intrigue and murder. Once started, impossible to put down -- Minette Walters
A twisting tale of power, poison and intrigue. Historical fiction with the pull of a psychological thriller -- Anna Mazzola
Flawless. A sharp, well-constructed thriller, this is a book that will keep you on your toes * Bookbag *
A toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition -- Andrew Taylor bestselling author of * The Ashes of London *
A seductive historical thriller. The Jacobean world leaps off the page in all its vivid, visceral glory -- Kate Riordan
Brilliant. Gripping and sexy and wholly transporting. Highly recommended. * Eve Chase *
A riveting tale. I cannot recommend this highly enough -- Alison Weir
A great summer read. Fremantle weaves together documented fact with sensitively imagined fiction to create a novel that helps us understand a time and place better * National Public Radio *
A creepy and powerfully immersive retelling of one of the greatest scandals of the Jacobean court . . . The Poison Bed is unerringly addictive. Fremantle's writing has a dynamic quality and an immediacy that draws readers in, whether or not they're familiar with the material of the story * Marylebone Journal *
Engaging, vivid and cleverly constructed. One expects the reversal, but it comes in a double blow, the first of which is so cunningly done I found myself pausing, frowning and riffling back through the pages to confirm that I had, indeed, been thoroughly stitched up -- Sarah Parry

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