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
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.