The Poisoned Island

The Poisoned Island is my second novel. It features several of the same characters as my first, The English Monster, but is a standalone story.

A ship arrives in London from the strange, doomed island of Tahiti. She carries a cargo of exotic plants destined for the gardens at Kew – but some of these plants are rather more exotic than others. Within days of the ship’s arrival, members of its crew start turning up dead, blissful smiles on their faces.

Constable Charles Horton and his magistrate, John Harriott, must once again dig up the buried crimes of England’s past. And this time they are brought face-to-face with the most powerful natural philosopher in the world, Sir Joseph Banks – the man who runs Kew Gardens, and whose botanical innovations are fuelling the infant British Empire.

The book has received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and was described by bestselling novelist Joanne Harris like this: ‘Very stylish, very ingenious and very well written. I LOVED IT.’

A Q&A about the novel

An extract

Critical reaction