Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle!
The Poison Bed
E. C. Fremantle
Robert and Frances Carr are imprisoned, accused of murder.
Their friend and confidante Thomas Overbury is dead.
And they both have a motive for killing him . . .
Frances, rescued from an abusive marriage, is determined to make a new life for herself . . . and will stop at nothing and no one to make sure she does.
Robert is now one of the most powerful men in the land. But to get to the top he couldn’t help but make enemies.
One of them did it.
Because one of them will pay with their life.
It is 1615. Lady Frances Carr is taken into custody for murder and awaits her trail, imprisoned in The Tower with her newborn baby and a wet-nurse. Considered a witch by most, a sly temptress who liaises with the devil himself, Frances was once admired and adored by all, her profound beauty and great wealth and status drawing people to her. As Frances recounts her life with an abusive first husband, a manipulative uncle and the events leading up to her arrest, the layers of her story peel back to reveal a tale shot through with poison. No one is who they present themselves to be. Everyone is playing their own game to win. And none more so than Frances and her husband Robert Carr. But which of them will pay the price?
Robert Carr was a boy born into nothing. No wealth, no connections, no parents. Now he is the King’s favourite and his rise in the higherarchy has been one edged with lies, scheming and coercion. His world is one where friends can just as easily be enemies, honesty can be corrupted and goodness swiftly broken. The bid for the best position is something fought tooth and nail for around him. But Robert will not be pushed out or uprooted from his place beside the King. When he meets Lady Essex, his world instantly revolves around her. She is mysterious, fiercely intelligent and keeps the world firmly under her spell. But that is only the person she lets the world see. And soon Robert will discover who Frances really is. And if he plays his role correctly, he could save her from her abusive marriage and spend the rest of his life by her side.
Told from both Robert’s and Frances’ points of view stretching across the years from the moment they met to the moment they are imprisoned for murder, this book is a sharp, captivating new novel which held me in its vice-like grip all the way through. E. C. Fremantle increases the tension with every page, drawing you in and enmeshing you in the world of Frances and Robert, two characters who will tempt you into reading just one more chapter until you’ve finished the whole book.
The Poison Bed is a bewitching tale about love, murder, power and the price of truth and lies. Based on fact, Frances Howard, Robert Carr and the scandalous tide of events around them really happened in James I’s reign! Starting this book, I had no idea it was based on fact but what a book this is. Steeped in gorgeous detail, E. C. Fremantle spins a dazzling story around these two people and keeps the suspense and tension coursing through the pages! I love, love this book!
Captivating. Dazzling. Bewitching.
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About E. C. Fremantle
E.C. Fremantle holds a First for her BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. As Elizabeth Fremantle she is the critically acclaimed author of four Tudor historical novels: Queen’s Gambit, Sisters of Treason, Watch the Lady and The Girl in the Glass Tower. She lives in London and Norfolk.
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Huge thanks to Katie Ashworth and Michael Joseph for my review copy and blog tour invite!