The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for this advance e-book which traverses between the worlds of Catherine de Medici and her perfumer of the 1500s and present day. Jac has just lost her brother, Robbie, to a quick, devastating death. She is not sure if her brother has been murdered or died due to some other cause. Before Robbie died, he was living with stepsiblings, Serge and Melinoe, working together with them on how to take one’s last breath and reincarnate them. Jac is approached by the stepsiblings to continue Robbie’s work. Jac worked with her brother in his perfume business for the last two years even though she also has her own career and TV show in mythology. She has an uncanny nose for smells and an ability where she can “become” people in the past; she lurches out of the present and flashes into the famous perfumer’s (René le Florentin) life of intrigue in the 1500s. As Jac and Griffin, the love of her life, try to authenticate Robbie’s formula (based on René le Florentin’s diaries and notes) time and circumstances begin to close in on Jac, ; is her life in danger? Spanning two time periods, the lush and harsh world of Catherine de Medici’s reign and the present where everything is in chaos, Jac wants to bring her brother back, but will she succeed in making the elixir? For a sumptuous read of gothic proportions, The Collector of Dying Breaths, offers passion, beauty, love, hate, murder and much, much more.
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