The Poison Bed

A marriage. A murder. One of them did it. One of them will die for it.

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?

About the author

E C Fremantle has a first in English and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She has contributed to various publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also reviews fiction for The Sunday Express.

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Why We Like It

  • The Poison Bed is a chilling, unputdownable thriller set in the decadent, dangerous world of the Jacobean court. It has been described as ‘A Jacobean Gone Girl’, ‘deliciously sinister’ and ‘a twisting tale of power and poison’
  • The rich historical detail marries with a skilfully plotted and tense narrative to create a brilliantly intriguing page-turner
  • The book is based on a real case, the murder of Thomas Overbury, which was one of the first scandalous murder trials to be lived out in pamphlets and the press, the sordid details of which reached far beyond the gossip at court to the taverns and alleyways of London

Author

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 Ladyand The Girl in the Glass Tower. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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