THE POISON BED – out June 14th
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?
Based on the true story of a murder and scandal that rocked the court of James I to its foundations, THE POISON BED exposes a Jacobean world of political and sexual corruption drawing modern-day parallels.
A CHILLING TALE OF MARRIAGE AND MURDER RIPPED STRAIGHT FROM THE HEADLINES
Praise for The Poison Bed:
A thoroughly compelling tale of sexually-charged intrigue and murder in the court of James the First. Once started, impossible to put down' (Minette Walters) • Fremantle has taken a fascinating poisoning case, a toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition, and breathed new life into it. I doubt if I shall read a more deliciously sinister historical novel this year (Andrew Taylor) • EC Fremantle has written a riveting tale, giving us a new take on an old mystery, with her unique, accomplished skill. Her characters live, an age is evoked, and the story surges on with vivid pace. I cannot recommend this highly enough (Alison Weir) • Gripping and fascinating. Fremantle is a master (Santa Montefiore) • 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) • Flawless. A sharp well-constructed thriller. This is a book that will keep you on your toes (The Bookbag) • Historical fiction with the pull of a psychological thriller. (Anna Mazzola) • 'A sparkling, riveting tale, that had me reading into the night. Beautifully written and realised' (Kate Hamer)