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The Secret Poisoner

A Century of Murder

Linda Stratmann


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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.

Praise For The Secret Poisoner: A Century of Murder

'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

Yale University Press, 9780300250053, 344pp.

Publication Date: November 18, 2019

About the Author

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