Linda Stratmann

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Linda Stratmann is a British writer of historical true crime, biography and crime fiction. Her non-fiction books are:

  • Chloroform: the Quest for Oblivion, (2003, Sutton Publishing). A history of the discovery, use and misuse of chloroform.[1]
  • Essex Murders (2004, Sutton Publishing)
  • Whiteley’s Folly (2004, Sutton Publishing). The story of William Whiteley, the founder of the Bayswater store, and his murder in 1907
  • Gloucestershire Murders (2005, Sutton Publishing)
  • The Crooks Who Conned Millions (2006 Sutton Publishing) Ten stories of nineteenth century frauds.
  • Notorious Blasted Rascal: Colonel Charteris and the Servant Girl's Revenge The story of Francis Charteris, the most hated man in Britain, and his trial for rape in 1730. (2008 The History Press)
  • Kent Murders (2009 The History Press)
  • Greater London Murders (2010 The History Press)
  • Middlesex Murders (2010 The History Press)
  • Fraudsters and Charlatans is the paperback version of Crooks Who Conned Millions (2010 The History Press)
  • Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities: the Illustrated Police News 1864-1938 an illustrated history of the notorious newspaper, (British Library, March 2011)
  • More Essex Murders (2011 The History Press)

A biography, "The Marquess of Queensberry: Wilde's Nemesis" was published by Yale University Press in March 2013.

Linda is the author of a crime fiction series based in Bayswater in the 1880s and featuring a lady sleuth Frances Doughty. They are published by the Mystery Press, the fiction imprint of the History Press.

The books in this series are: The Poisonous Seed (2011) The Daughters of Gentlemen (2012) A Case of Doubtful Death (2013) An Appetite for Murder (2014) The Children of Silence (2015) Death in Bayswater (2016)

Book 7 is in preparation

A new series starting with Mr Scarletti’s Ghost, published in September 2015, is set in Brighton in the 1870s and explores the world of Victorian spirit mediums. The second book, The Royal Ghost will be published in August 2016.

The Secret Poisoner, a history of criminal poisoning in the nineteenth century was published by Yale University Press in 2016.

She has appeared in the Channel 5 television documentary, Scream, about the history of anaesthesia, Hypnosurgery Live on Channel 4, Medical Mavericks on BBC Four by Michael J. Mosley and an episode of "Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook".

Stratmann has had a lifelong interest in true crime. She is a trained chemists’ dispenser,[2] has a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in psychology from Newcastle University, was formerly a Civil Servant, and is a black belt in aikido. She lives in London with her husband.

Linda suffers from both hyperacusis and tinnitus.


  1. ^ Daily Telegraph review
  2. ^ Daniels, Anthony (28 September 2003). "The surgical removal of pain". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 

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