Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 in
Published: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451621531
ISBN - 13: 9781451621532
From the Publisher
From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and
imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions
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 becomesobsessed
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.
About the Author
MJ Rose is a former advertising executive who used her expertise working on major accounts, such as Harlequin Books, to propel her self-published debut novel, Lip Service in to the public eye. She lives in Greenwich, CT.
"M.J. Rose masterfully serves up suspense with generous sides of philosophy and intrigue. I devoured this fascinating tale about Catherine de Medici and her perfumer simmered with the compelling modern-day story of an intelligent woman in search of personal completion. Alchemy, mythology, and an exploration of reincarnation lace this tantalizing telling. A lavish and satisfying banquet of a book!"