The Collector of Dying Breaths
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Featuring: RenĂ© le Florentin; Jac Lâ€™Etoile
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Suspense | Thriller | Mystery
An orphan named RenĂ© le Florentin is plucked from poverty to
become Catherine de
Mediciâ€™s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from
Italy to France, RenĂ©
brings with him a cache of secret documents from the
monastery where he was trained:
recipes for exotic fraÂgrances and potent medicinesâ€”and a
formula for an alchemic
process said to have the potenÂtial to reanimate the dead.
In France, RenĂ© 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, RenĂ© doesnâ€™t
begin to imagÂine the tragic and personal consequences for
which his lethal potions
will be responsible.
Paris, Franceâ€”The Present:
A renowned mythologist, Jac Lâ€™Etoileâ€”trying to recover from
personal heartache by
throwÂing herself into her workâ€”learns of the sixteenth-
century perfumer who may have
been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to
becomesobsessed with RenĂ© le Florentinâ€™s workâ€”particularly
when she discovers the
dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime.
Jacâ€™s efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover,
Griffin North, a linguist
who has already begun translating RenĂ© le FloÂrentinâ€™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 Mediciâ€™s
court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set
against deep, wild forests
and dimly lit chaÂteaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths
illuminates the true path to
immortality: the legacies we leave behind.
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