The Secret Poisoner A Century of Murder Linda Stratmann

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 2019
ISBN:
9780300250053
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
344 pages: 197 x 127mm
Illustrations:
32 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

Murder by poison alarmed, enthralled, and in many ways encapsulated the Victorian age. Linda Stratmann’s dark and splendid social history reveals the nineteenth century as a gruesome battleground where poisoners went head-to-head with authorities who strove to detect poisons, control their availability, and bring the guilty to justice. She corrects many misconceptions about particular poisons and documents how the evolution of issues such as marital rights and the legal protection of children impacted poisonings. Combining archival research with a novelist’s eye, Stratmann charts the era’s inexorable rise of poison cases both shocking and sad.

Linda Stratmann is the author of several nonfiction books, including The Marquess of Queensberry.

'I love Linda Stratmann’s non fiction work. This is a beautifully researched and written history of poisoners - so vivid you can see yourself there on every page.' - Peter James, author of You're Dead