The Poison Bed

The Poison Bed : 'Gone Girl meets The Miniaturist'

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'Warning: this book may well take over your summer. Think Gillian Flynn meets The Miniaturist' Waterstones

A Marriage. A Murder.

One of them did it.

Which one of them will die for it?

Autumn 1615.

A scandal pervades the Jacobean court.

A popular, much admired couple are imprisoned for murder.

SHE is young and captivating. Rescued from an abusive marriage, she is determined to make a new life with her second husband . . . Whatever the cost.

HE has risen from nothing to become one of the countries most powerful men. But to get to the top, you cannot help making enemies.

Now, a man is dead.

And someone must pay with their life.

Who has the most to lose?

Who is willing to commit murder?


'A Jacobean GONE GIRL. Dark and deeply satisfying, a tale of monstrous intrigue and murder' M. J. Carter

'A twisting psychological thriller based on a real Jacobean murder. Unputdownable' The Times

'A toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition' Andrew Taylor

'Riveting. I cannot recommend this highly enough' Alison Weir

'Gripping and fascinating. Fremantle is a master' Santa Montefiore
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 40mm | 554g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0718180488
  • 9780718180485
  • 352,170

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'Beautifully written and completely engrossing' * Historia * 'Sharp, perceptive and dramatic' * Sunday Express * 'A top-notch literary thriller' * Daily Telegraph * 'Fascinating and vividly drawn' * The Times `Book of the Month' * Praise for * The Girl in the Glass Tower * An intoxicating blend of intrigue, seduction, witchcraft and murder. The Poison Bed is beautifully told and impossible to put down -- Karen Perry A riveting tale. I cannot recommend this highly enough -- Alison Weir Brilliant. Gripping and sexy and wholly transporting. Highly recommended. * Eve Chase * A seductive historical thriller. The Jacobean world leaps off the page in all its vivid, visceral glory -- Kate Riordan Gripping and fascinating. Fremantle is a master * Santa Montefiore * A toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition -- Andrew Taylor bestselling author of * The Ashes of London * Flawless. A sharp, well-constructed thriller, this is a book that will keep you on your toes * Bookbag * A twisting tale of power, poison and intrigue. Historical fiction with the pull of a psychological thriller -- Anna Mazzola A thoroughly compelling tale of sexually-charged intrigue and murder. Once started, impossible to put down -- Minette Walters A riveting tale that kept me reading into the night. Beautifully written and realised -- Costa shortlisted Kate Hammer A Jacobean Gone Girl! Dark and deeply satisfying, The Poison Bed is a tale of monstrous intrigue and murder -- M J Carter 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 * Exquisite. The reveal is terrifying -- Toby Clements Who is to blame? And will they get away with it? A rollicking read * Heat * An electrifying, brilliantly executed thriller * Woman & Home * A gripping page-turner that will have you awake long into the night. Ingenious * The Times * A tale of intrigue and ambition, this is a rich and fascinating book -- ONE OF THE BEST RECENT CRIME NOVELS * The Guardian * A gripping historical thriller. Think Gone Girl with bodices. Brilliant * Glamour * A twisting psychological thriller based on a real Jacobean murder. Unputdownable * The Times * 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 *
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About E C Fremantle

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.
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4 37% (316)
3 31% (262)
2 9% (79)
1 3% (28)
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