The Borgia Mistress (Paperback)

By Sara Poole

Griffin, 9780312609856, 406pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2012



From the author of "Poison "and "The Borgia Betrayal, "comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano

Mistress of death Francesca Giordano court poisoner to the House of Borgia returns to confront an ancient atrocity that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge the world into eternal darkness. As the enemies of Pope Alexander VI close in and the papal court is forced to flee from Rome, Francesca joins forces with her lover, the brilliant and ruthless Cesare Borgia to unravel a conspiracy that strikes at the heart of Christendom. But when a shattering secret from her past imperils her precarious hold on sanity, only Francesca's own courage and resolve can draw her back from the brink of madness to save all she values most.

About the Author

SARA POOLE lives in Connecticut, where her discovery of the abundance of deadly flora growing just beyond her doorstep prompted her interest in the poisoner's art.

Praise For The Borgia Mistress

"This historical is a sexy romp.... True to its characters and historical facts, Poole’s novel immerses readers in a seductive Renaissance environment, full of danger and passion."
--Publishers Weekly
"A welcome antidote to the usual melodramatic Borgia fare."
--Kirkus Reviews
"This third entry in the Francesca Giordano series brims with vibrant historical detail and features a chilling mystery. Poole’s fascinating heroine’s first-person viewpoint presents readers with a unique glimpse of the Borgias and intimate details of this unconventional family and the intrigues that surround them. This is a historical thriller sure to please."
--RT Book Reviews
"A satisfyingly twisty plot and rich historical details about Renaissance Italy."
--Library Journal