"This is the debut novel of Tony Strong, and I hope it's
going to be the first of many. To start a writing career with
such a strong and vibrant thriller will make the next one a
very difficult prospect…. It's great news to find talent
in a new writer, especially one who has all the potential to
fill the shoes of any of our best thriller-writers. A totally
gripping and exciting book."
Worcester Evening News
"Feisty academic Terry Williams moves to Oxford to resume
her abandoned doctorate in detective fiction. But her new home was
previously the scene of a savage sexual murder and she soon finds
the past returning to invade the present with horrific consequences.
An elegant and intelligent crime thriller… Highly recommended."
"A brilliantly written thriller that is as chilling and claustrophobic
as a death bed."
"Set in and around the fictional Oxford college of St Mary's,
Tony Strong's first novel The Poison Tree is a sophisticated and
thought-provoking take on the traditional English detective novel.
It is, at a superficial level, a whodunit with a focused structural
complexity akin to the works of Agatha Christie; on another level,
it can be read as an enigmatic psychosexual thriller."
Times Literary Supplement
"Uncommonly interesting characters and a clever puzzle"
"Fast and sexy."
"The Poison Tree is several notches more intelligent than
most of its genre… Debuts don't come much better."
"A sexy, disturbing Gothic thriller."
"Incredibly powerful and disturbing. "
"Well-drawn characters, a horribly ingenious plot and a heart-stopping
climax make for an accomplished literary thriller."
"Turns the English cozy upside down."
"This is the best debut I have ever read by a thriller writer."
The Daily Telegraph