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The Collector of Dying Breaths

A Novel of Suspense

by M. J. Rose

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The Collector of Dying Breaths by M. J. Rose
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2014
    384 pages
    Genre: Romantic Thrillers

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Florence, Italy - 1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra­grances and potent medicines - and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial to reanimate the dead.

In France, René 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, René doesn't begin to imag­ine 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 throw­ing 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 becomes obsessed with René 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 René le Flo­rentin'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 cha­teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.

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"Rose's growing fan base will probably devour this one." - Booklist

"Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines…The storyline and extensive historical details…are fascinating." - Romantic Times

"Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!" - Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

"History, mystery, ambition, lust, love, death and the timeless quest for immortality…a riveting tale of suspense." - B.A.Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger

"Poison, obsession and undying love have never been so enticing - or so lethal. I could not stop reading it!" - C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

"With an alchemist's skill, M.J. Rose mixes present and past with the dark scent of love and an intricate mystery, creating a blend that is splendidly, spookily magical." - Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author

"Alchemy, mythology, and an exploration of reincarnation lace this tantalizing telling. A lavish and satisfying banquet of a book!" - Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe

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M. J. Rose Author Biography

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing ...

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