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March 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Golden Age of Crime
  • Non-fiction

A Criminally Good Afternoon Tea Party (SOLD OUT)

Helen Barrell


Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Tuck into a delicious Sunday Afternoon Tea overlooking the World’s longest pleasure pier, as Essex-based Helen Barrell, writer of historical true crime, shares the stories of three Essex women caught up in the Poison Panic, the notorious arsenic poisoning scandal that took the county by storm in the 1840s.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend in Southend-on-Sea on 11 & 12 March.

helenbarrell.co.uk  @helenbarrell


These scandalous true stories are as compelling as any crime fiction. This book will fascinate not only historians of true crime and those with an interest in genealogy but any reader seeking a story that would make Agatha Christie proud. All About History

Researched using genealogical sources, Poison Panic is an intriguing read that brings a forgotten history to light and reveals past attitudes to women – and a national fear that gripped Victorian Britain. Family Tree

Poison Panic is a clever mix of family history and true crime. It is an excellent book and a must read for all lovers of historic crime. Angela Buckley, author and Chair of the Society of Genealogists.

PARK INN PALACE HOTEL OFFER: Make a Weekend of It! Special room rates for those attending Golden Age of Crime events over the weekend. essexbookfestival.org.uk/make-a-weekend-of-it


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