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Linda Stratmann

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Linda has a virtually life-long interest in true crime, and a large collection of books on the subject. She is a qualified chemist’s dispenser, having trained in a very old branch of Boots, just before the shop and the course were modernised. After taking a BSc in Psychology she was an Inspector of Taxes for 27 years, before leaving to pursue her writing. She is a black belt in both aikido and Japanese sword.

She has a passionate though not uncritical love of the Victorian period, and probably spends more time in the 19th century than the 21st.  She will dress up in the appropriate costume at every possible opportunity. Linda’s research skills are self-taught but over the years she has become a competent amateur genealogist, and archive user.

Linda has given many public talks on true crimes. She was a guest panellist at Crimefest Bristol in 2011, 2012 and 2013, has been a guest on radio shows and appeared in two television documentaries on the history of anaesthesia and two editions of the Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook.


Books by Linda Stratmann

  • The Poisonous Seed Linda Stratmann The Poisonous Seed

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  • The Poisonous Seed Linda Stratmann The Daughters of Gentlemen

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  • daughters of gentlemen linda stratmann A Case of Doubtful Death

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  • a case of doubtful death The Marquess of Queensberry: Wilde's Nemesis


  • Marquess of Queensberry linda stratmann Greater London Murders

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  • A True and Faithful Brother

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  • The Secret Poisoner

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