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The collector of dying breaths: a novel of suspense

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A lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as a perfumer and a mythologist search for the fine line between potion and poison, poison and passion...and past and present. From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide Florence, Italy--1533: An orphan named Ren#65533; le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, Ren#65533; brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra#65533;grances and potent medicines--and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten#65533;tial to reanimate the dead. In France, Ren#65533; becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, Ren#65533; doesn't begin to imag#65533;ine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible. Paris, France--The Present: A renowned mythologist, Jac L'Etoile--trying to recover from personal heartache by throw#65533;ing herself into her work--learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomesobsessed with Ren#65533; le Florentin's work--particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime. Jac's efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating Ren#65533; le Flo#65533;rentin's mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir . . . for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means. This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici's court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit cha#65533;teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.
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Grouping Title collector of dying breaths
Grouping Author rose m j
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-11-12 23:00:03PM
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auth_author2 Gigante, Phil,, Ross, Natalie,
author Rose, M. J., 1953-
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display_description "From one of America's most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici's court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past. In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years Rene; le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen's rivals. But it's Rene;'s other passion--a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him--that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That's when Jac L'Etoile--suffering from a heartache of her own--becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene's secret to immortality. Soon Jac's search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she's loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next. Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon"--
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subject_facet Audiobooks, France -- Fiction, Historical fiction, American, Immortality -- Fiction, Le Florentin, René -- Fiction, Paranormal fiction, American, Perfumes -- Fiction, Romantic suspense fiction, American, Suspense fiction, American
title_display The collector of dying breaths : a novel of suspense
title_full The collector of dying breaths : a novel of suspense / M.J. Rose, The collector of dying breaths [sound recording] : a novel of suspense / M. J. Rose
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title_sub a novel of suspense
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