Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Fiction Historical

The Poisoner's Ring

A Rip Through Time Novel

by (author) Kelley Armstrong

Initial publish date
May 2023
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it


A modern-day homicide detective is working as an undertaker's assistant in Victorian Scotland when a serial poisoner attacks the men of Edinburgh and leaves their widows under suspicion.
Edinburgh, 1869: Modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is adjusting to her new life in Victorian Scotland. Her employers know she’s not housemaid Catriona Mitchell—even though Mallory is in Catriona’s body—and Mallory is now officially an undertaker’s assistant. Dr. Duncan Gray moonlights as a medical examiner, and their latest case hits close to home. Men are dropping dead from a powerful poison, and all signs point to the grieving widows… the latest of which is Gray’s oldest sister.
Poison is said to be a woman’s weapon, though Mallory has to wonder if it’s as simple as that. But she must tread carefully. Every move the household makes is being watched, and who knows where the investigation will lead.
New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong is known for her exquisite world building, and this latest series is no exception. The Poisoner's Ring brings the intricacies of Victorian Scotland alive as Mallory again searches for a 19th-century killer as well as a way home.

About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

Kelley Armstrong's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Armstrong’s intriguing and atmospheric time-travel mystery will appeal to readers who enjoy historical detail." –Library Journal (starred review)
"Armstrong fashions a satisfying narrative out of familiar parts and nails her lead’s cheeky, anachronistic narration. This is winningly silly and satisfying." –Publishers Weekly
“An absorbing read. Highly recommended.”—Historical Novel Society
"Between the setting, the strong and likable characters, and Armstrong's ability to create a solid mystery, this series is one that will continue to delight."—Book Reporter
“The Poisoner’s Ring is great fun from beginning to end…Challenges her stalwart hero with obstacle after obstacle in fashioning a character of rare depth and likeability. Not to be missed!”—Book Trib
“Kelley Armstrong proves herself to be an expert storyteller, spinning an enchanting tale packed with numerous plot twists. As the story escalates, it culminates in a thrilling and unexpected climax that leaves some questions unanswered, hinting at more adventures to come.”—Mystery and Suspense

Other titles by