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  • Published: 27 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405920070
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

The Poison Bed

'Gone Girl meets The Miniaturist'

The most powerful man in England, his lover and his lover's wife. One of them is a killer

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the country. A celebrity couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is rich and powerful.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the crime.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose?

Who is willing to commit murder?

  • Published: 27 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405920070
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for The Poison Bed

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

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

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


A thoroughly compelling tale of sexually-charged intrigue and murder. Once started, impossible to put down

Minette Walters

A riveting tale. I cannot recommend this highly enough

Alison Weir

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

Exquisite. The reveal is terrifying

Toby Clements

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

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


Who is to blame? And will they get away with it? A rollicking read


A gripping historical thriller. Think Gone Girl with bodices. Brilliant


An intoxicating blend of intrigue, seduction, witchcraft and murder. The Poison Bed is beautifully told and impossible to put down

Karen Perry

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

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 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 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

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