A poisoner’s tale

Cathryn Kemp

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Rome, 1656. In the shadowy backstreets of the Eternal City lies an apothecary – a place for women to take their heartbreaks and troubles. Herbs for childbirth. Tarot readings to tell their fortunes. An undetectable poison that can kill in four drops. Alongside her circle of female poisoners, Giulia Tofana dispenses her deadly potion to free the downtrodden women of Rome from their abusive husbands. But even in a time of Plague, it does not go unnoticed when the men of Rome begin to fall like flies. With a newly-elected Pope hell-bent on ridding the city of heretics and witches, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition on her tail, Giulia is in more danger than ever. How far will she go for the women who need her help?

ISBN: 9781787637092 Category:

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A gorgeous historical novel about the legend of female poisoner Giulia Tofana, brimming with rich detail and intrigue.’ C. J. COOKE

Rome, 1656

In the shadowy backstreets of the Eternal City lies an apothecary’s shop – a place for women to take their heartbreaks and troubles. Herbs for childbirth. Tarot readings to tell their fortunes. An undetectable poison that can kill in four drops.

Alongside her circle of female poisoners, Giulia Tofana dispenses her deadly potion to free the downtrodden women of the city from their abusive husbands. A path she’s determined to follow after a harrowing childhood in Palermo.

But even in a time of plague, it does not go unnoticed when the men of Rome begin to fall like flies.

With a newly elected Pope hell-bent on ridding the city of heretics and witches, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition on her tail, Giulia is in more danger than ever. . .

How far will she go for the women who need her help?

A Poisoner’s Tale takes the reader on a tense, challenging but spellbinding journey on what it is like to be a woman who rebels against the society in which she finds herself. This book is not just a retelling of the legend of Giulia Tofana but an ode to sisterhood and motherhood, to defiance and secret rebellion.

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‘Kemp has created a complex and courageous heroine who is not afraid to walk a dark and dangerous path for what she believes in, and I fell in love with her from the start.’ ELIZABETH LEE

‘Taut, thrilling and wholly immersive. Kemp is an astonishingly talented storyteller, and her characters will linger long after you’ve finished reading.’ NAOMI KELSEY

‘Gripping. Devastating. A beautifully intense read.ISABELLE SCHULER

‘Poignant from beginning to end.’ LAURA CARLIN

Additional information

Weight 0.62 kg
Dimensions 24.3 × 16.3 × 3.6 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

400

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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