Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review of The Collector of Dying Breaths by M. J. Rose

The Collector of Dying Breaths is a tale of love and treachery that alternates between 21st century France and Italy in the 1500s.  It is brings together the stories of a mythologist and a long deceased perfumer.

From Italy in the year 1533 is René le Florentin who becomes the perfumer to young duchessina, Catherine de Medici. The two are travelling from Italy to France carrying recipes for fragrances and medicines, some so powerful they can wake the dead.  René eventually becomes a great perfumer and also a creator of poisons that the Queen will use against her enemies.  René is doing a job and has no idea what consequences and tragedies are in store.

From present day Paris, France, is renowned mythologist, Jac L’Etoile. Jac is recovering from heartbreak by throwing herself into her work. She soon learns about René’s work and the dying breaths he collected during his life. With the help of her former lover, Griffin North, a linguist, she soon discovers an heiress in possession of a very important fine art collection.  The heiress has her own plans for the poison created by René all those years ago.


M.J. Rose is an international bestselling author of twelve novels, and has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek, and New York Magazine. She is also the Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers, the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz and runs the blog, Museum of Mysteries. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. For more about M.J. Rose, visit her website at http://www.mjrose.com/content.


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