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The Secret Poisoner: A Century of Murder

Linda Stratmann

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Yale University Press
15 September 2019
True crime; History; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
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.
By:   Linda Stratmann
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 127mm, 
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9780300250053
ISBN 10:   0300250053
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   15 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda Stratmann is an expert on Victorian crime and the author of several nonfiction books, including Yale's The Marquess of Queensberry. She lives in London.

Reviews 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


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