The Borgia Mistress by Sara Poole

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This historical is a sexy romp through the scandals of Borgia’s court, as well as an increasingly personal journey through Francesca’s dark side.
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From the author of Poison and The Borgia Betrayal, comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano

Mistress of death Francesca Giordano—court poisoner to the House of Borgia—returns to confront an ancient atrocity that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge the world into eternal darkness. As the enemies of Pope Alexander VI close in and the papal court is forced to flee from Rome, Francesca joins forces with her lover, the brilliant and ruthless Cesare Borgia to unravel a conspiracy that strikes at the heart of Christendom. But when a shattering secret from her past imperils her precarious hold on sanity, only Francesca's own courage and resolve can draw her back from the brink of madness to save all she values most.

 

About Sara Poole

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SARA POLE lives in Connecticut, where her discovery of the abundance of deadly flora growing just beyond her doorstep prompted her interest in the poisoner's art.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 416 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
May 01 2012

A welcome antidote to the usual melodramatic Borgia fare.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

This historical is a sexy romp through the scandals of Borgia’s court, as well as an increasingly personal journey through Francesca’s dark side.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Monica E. Spence on May 01 2012

Poole weaves her complex tale like the finest silk. The story is both subtle and rich, enveloping her readers in the historical complexity of Renaissance Rome.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nicki on Aug 10 2012

I figured out the big reveal long, long before anyone in the story managed to, which left me wishing that the mystery had been a little more complicated.

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Below average
Reviewed by Danya on Jul 23 2012

...a wonderful read, shedding light on a section of history I'd not read much about.

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