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The Poison Bed By E C Fremantle

The Poison Bed
by E C Fremantle

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The Poison Bed Summary

The Poison Bed: 'Gone Girl meets The Miniaturist' by E C Fremantle

'A gripping psychological thriller. Readers will be awake deep into the night, trying to untangle the truth' - The Times 'Books of the Year'

'The Miniaturist meets Gone Girl. Gripping and full of surprises' BBC History 'Books of the Year'

E.C. Fremantle's THE POISON BED is a chilling, unputdownable thriller ripped straight from the headlines.


'A Jacobean GONE GIRL Dark and deeply satisfying, THE POISON BED is a tale of monstrous intrigue and murder' M J Carter

A king, his lover and his lover's wife. One is a killer.

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?

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The Poison Bed Reviews

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 *
Praise for * The Girl in the Glass Tower *
'Fascinating and vividly drawn' * The Times `Book of the Month' *
'A top-notch literary thriller' * Daily Telegraph *
'Sharp, perceptive and dramatic' * Sunday Express *
'Beautifully written and completely engrossing' * Historia *

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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The Poison Bed: 'Gone Girl meets The Miniaturist' by E C Fremantle
E C Fremantle
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