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The Poisonous Seed
The Poisonous Seed

The Poisonous Seed

A Frances Doughty Mystery

The Frances Doughty Mysteries


272 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9780752461182

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (May 2012)


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The first in a new Victorian murder mystery series set in London, featuring a clever and determined young female sleuth

The first in a new Victorian murder mystery series set in London, featuring a clever and determined young female sleuth When a customer of William Doughty's chemist shop dies of strychnine poisoning after drinking medicine he dispensed, William is blamed, and the family faces ruin. William's daughter, 19-year-old Frances, determines to redeem her ailing father's reputation and save the business. She soon becomes convinced that the death was murder, but unable to convince the police, she turns detective. Armed only with her wits, courage, and determination, and aided by some unconventional new friends, Frances uncovers a startling deception and solves a 10-year-old murder. There will be more deaths and a secret in her own family will be revealed, before the killer is unmasked and Frances finds that her life has changed forever.


"Her knowledge of the London area in which the Victorian Frances lived is detailed and cleverly given in a way that avoids any tedium."  —Mystery Women

"Her adventures as a detective, and the slowly unraveling evidence of multiple crimes in a murky Victorian setting, make for a gripping read." — The Historical Novels Review

Author Biography

Linda Stratmann is the author of several books including Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion and Greater London Murders.