"I love writing about crime, especially Victorian crime. Before the launch of my fiction series set in Bayswater in the 1880s I researched and wrote true crime and historical biography. It is that fascination for the nineteenth century and those contradictory Victorians that I now bring to my fiction writing. Frances Doughty’s adventures are only just beginning!"

Linda Stratmann

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  • Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion
    A history of the discovery, uses and abuses of chloroform from 1831 to the present. Chloroform revolutionised surgery, but also caused hundreds of sudden deaths, the cause of which was a hotly-debated mystery in which physicians took sides and hurled insults at each other in the medical press.

  • More Essex Murders
    This chilling follow-up to Essex Murders brings together more true cases, dating between 1823 and 1960, that shocked not only the county but also made headline news across the nation.

  • The Crooks Who Conned Millions
    This lively and engaging book tells the stories of some of the biggest fraudsters of the nineteenth century. From the largest fraud on the London Stock Exchange - in which naval hero Lord Cochrane was accused of initiating a rumour that Napoleon had been defeated so that the value of millions of pounds worth of shares which he held would be inflated - to the extraordinary story of Mary Baker, the daughter of a cobbler from Devonshire who fooled society as 'Princess Caraboo of Javasu', this is a fascinating book.
  • Kent Murders
    Among the gruesome cases featured here are the doctor who was poisoned with morphine in Faversham; the couple who were brutally battered to death in their beds in Chislehurst; and the strange death of a young German man whose body was discovered with one hand missing on Ramsgate beach. All manner of murder and mystery are included here, making Kent Murders a must-read for true crime enthusiasts everywhere.
  • Middlesex Murders
    Middlesex Murders brings together numerous murderous tales, some of which were little known outside the county, and others which made national headlines. Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Middlesex.

  • The Poisonous Seed
    In 1880, 19 year old Frances Doughty is assisting her ailing father in his Bayswater chemist's shop. When a wealthy customer dies after drinking medicine dispensed at the shop, her father is blamed, and the business collapses. Frances is convinced that the customer was murdered and the only way to prove it is for her to become a detective...

  • The Daughters of Gentlemen
    The sequel to The Poisonous Seed is Frances Doughty's first case as a private detective. With curious goings-on at a respectable private school for well brought up girls, the governors naturally call in a lady detective to investigate, but soon it becomes a case of murder. As election fever hits Bayswater and the formidable ladies of the Bayswater Women's Suffrage Society swing into action, Frances discovers the dark secrets that lie behind the lace curtains.
  • Greater London Murders
    This compendium brings together thirty-three murderous tales - one from each of the capital's boroughs - that not only shocked the City but made headline news across the country. Throughout its history the great urban sprawl of Greater London has been home to some of the most shocking murders in England, many of which have made legal history.

  • Essex Murders
    The county of Essex has rolling arable farmland, Epping Forest, sleepy villages, busy market towns and secluded backwaters - a wide variety of settings for murder. This selection of crimes uncovers not only famous cases, but also previously unpublished dramatic and tragic tales.

  • Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities
    The Illustrated Police News is often dismissed as a crude publication which aimed to thrill the undiscerning reader with gruesome pictures. Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities sets out to correct that belief by demonstrating the diversity of its subject matter, examining its social and political agenda and revealing the power and compassion in its images.

  • Gloucestershire Murders
    Contained within the pages of Gloucestershire Murders are the stories behind some of the most notorious murders in the county's history. The cases covered include the most fascinating but least known crimes, as well as famous murders that gripped not just Gloucestershire but the whole nation.

  • A Case of Doubtful Death
    Dr Mackenzie’s Lifehouse on the edge of Kensal Green Cemetery is a very unusual mortuary. Designed to reassure its patrons that they need never fear being buried alive, it stores corpses until they begin to decompose and are undeniably beyond revival. One night, with Bayswater blanketed in a choking fog, Mackenzie dies and his assistant vanishes. In the world of the Victorian dead, decay, burial, exhumations and post mortems will follow, and Frances' investigations will take her deep into the catacombs.
  • Fraudsters and Charlatans
    (Paperback edition of The Crooks who Conned Millions) - This lively and engaging book tells the stories of some of the biggest fraudsters of the nineteenth century.

  • An Appetite for Murder
    The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furore in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is engaged to discover the author of anonymous libels...

  • The Children of Silence
    Harriet Antrobus, who suffers from incurable ear pain and tinnitus is anxious to prove that fragments of a corpse found in the Paddington canal basin are the remains of her husband Edwin, whose disappearance three years ago plunged her already troubled life into disarray.  But who was the unknown man Edwin met in Bristol shortly before he vanished, why is Harriet's hearing specialist suing the Bayswater School for the Deaf and how did her doctor lose his mind?...

  • "Linda Stratmann's masterly new biography cautions us to condemn a little less and understand a little more. It is essential for a good biographer, and Stratmann is a very good biographer, to cultivate a degree of sympathy with her subject. Without it she may not plumb his depths, and Queensberry was a man of abysmal depths."

    Review of The Marquess of Queensberry by Roger Hutchinson, The Scotsman
  • "'Linda Stratmann presents her defence of Queensberry judiciously and without special pleading. Queensberry is compellingly portrayed .....'"

    Review of The Marquess of Queensberry by The Times Saturday Review
  • "'Stratmann does not seek to defend or exonerate Queensberry. She is more subtle than that. She simply invites us to revise our opinion and move beyond the caricature.....'"

    Review of The Marquess of Queensberry by Jonathan Wright, The Herald Scotland
  • " ... Stratmann writes exceptionally well. Her research both thorough and rigorous, is flawlessly woven into the narrative, and she adopts the language of the Victorian age effortlessly ...In the field of historical crime writing, she is bound to make her mark. "

    Review of The Daughters of Gentlemen by S.J.Bolton
  • "Doughty is well chosen as the surname of a woman who faces the innumerable barriers to females in the Victorian era with fortitude. "

    Review of The Daughters of Gentlemen by Jennifer S. Palmer
  • "... rollicking fun, in a sedate pristine way ... at times I was reminded of dear Precious anglicised and transported back to Bayswater in the Victorian era."

    Review of The Daughters of Gentlemen by Janet Dowling, Professional Storyteller.
  • " I predict that this new calling will win her many new readers and admirers."

    Review of The Poisonous Seed by Helen Bettinson
  • "These are not only famous cases, but previously unpublished tragedies…..Several of the stories keep the reader guessing until all the evidence is gathered in."

    Review of Essex Murders by Heritage Focus Magazine August 2004
  • "Stratmann has put together a cast of Dickensian characters ... and woven them into a heady tapestry of innovation ..."

    Review of Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion by British Journal of Anaesthesia 92(2) 299-300 (2004)
  • "I feel that I am walking down the street in Frances's company and seeing the people and houses around me with clarity. We are firmly fixed in time and place as this very Victorian crime is dissected."

    Review of The Poisonous Seed by Jennifer S Palmer
  • "Brilliantly researched, utterly fascinating and at times shocking.  This is a real gem."

    Review of Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion by Peter James
  • "... a serious book on a difficult medical subject but its fluent, crisp and vivid style makes it a delight to read."

    Review of Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion by Professor Ray J. Defalque, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama
  • "This book is both a scientific and a social history, skilfully woven together and full of the most fascinating detail. I unhesitatingly recommend it."

    Review of Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion by Anthony Daniels, Daily Telegraph