The Daughters of Gentlemen

If Jane Austen had lived a few decades longer, and spent her twilight years writing detective stories, they might have read something like this one. …there is something very Austenesque about the quiet, clever writing, the subtle humour and the measured pace in which what appears to be a comedy of manners, sparked by an apparently trivial incident, becomes an increasingly disturbing tale of intrigue, deceit and wickedness. … 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.


Mr Scarletti’s Ghost

I love Linda Stratmann’s writing. Her descriptions of Brighton are so sharp and vivid you can smell and taste the city on every page. Peter James, author, Dead Like You Continue Reading

Essex Murders

These are not only famous cases, but previously unpublished tragedies…..Several of the stories keep the reader guessing until all the evidence is gathered in. Continue Reading

The Poisonous Seed

Her questioning of servants, interrogation of the police and checking of documents leads her into the throes of a different and distant crime. Continue Reading

The Marquess of Queensberry

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. Continue Reading

The Marquess of Queensberry

‘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…..’ Continue Reading

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