The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense (Paperback)

A Novel of Suspense

By M. J. Rose

Atria Books, 9781451621549, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

April 2014 Indie Next List

“This latest offering from Rose marks the return of Jac L'Etoile, the heroine first introduced in The Book of Lost Fragrances. Jac is quickly engulfed in a quest to create an elixir that will bring souls back to life using a person's last, dying breath. Her patrons are the mysterious Greek heiress Melinoe and her stepbrother, Serge, whose sibling relationship raises many questions for Jac. As Jac's former lover, Griffin, assists her in the pursuit to recreate the elixir based on notes left behind by Rene le Florentine, the two are drawn into the past life of Rene, his lover Isabeau, and the dynamic, manipulative Catherine de Medici. Rose captivates us with a story about relationships past and present, and the most basic of human emotions: love, greed, and betrayal.”
— Stacey Harris, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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Description

New York Times bestselling author M. J. Rose's "wondrously original" (Providence Journal) suspense novel featuring perfumer Jac L'Etoile "combines fascinating history, torrid romance, and a compelling mystery" (Associated Press).

Florence, Italy--1533:
An orphan named Rene le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen, Catherine de Medici, to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, Rene can't begin to imagine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.

Paris, France--The Present:
Renowned mythologist Jac L'Etoile becomes obsessed with Rene le Florentin--who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. Together with her estranged lover, Griffin, they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir...and believes the end will justify her deadly means.

Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit chateaus, this gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici's court to twenty-first-century France. Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants, raves about the book: "Mysterious, magical, and mythical. What a joy to read
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