The Borgia Betrayal

A Novel

Poisoner Mysteries (Volume 2)

Sara Poole

St. Martin's Griffin

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Before the Tudors, there were the Borgias. More passionate. More dangerous. More deadly.

From the author of Poison, called “stunning”* and “a fascinating page-turner,”+ comes a new historical thriller, featuring the same intriguing and beautiful heroine: Borgia court poisoner, Francesca Giordano.

      In the summer of 1493, Rodrigo Borgia, Alexander VI, has been pope for almost a year. Having played a crucial role in helping him ascend the chair of Saint Peter, Francesca, haunted by the shadows of her own past, is now charged with keeping him there. As court poisoner to the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy, this mistress of death faces a web of peril, intrigue, and deceit that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance.

      As dangers close in from every direction, Francesca conceives a desperate plan that puts her own life at risk and hurls her into a nightmare confrontation with a madman intent on destroying all she is pledged to protect. From the hidden crypts of fifteenth-century Rome to its teeming streets alive with sensuality, obsession, and treachery, Francesca must battle the demons of her own dark nature to unravel a plot to destroy the Borgias, seize control of Christendom, and plunge the world into eternal darkness.

 

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+Lauren Willig

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The fate of the world rests upon a piece of paper set in front of a man who puts down the freshly cut quill pen he has been toying with for far too long and calls for wine.
The moment is suspended in my memory, caught like an insect in amber as though some power beyond our ken stopped time at that instant.
Of course, nothing of the sort happened. Time went right on, bringing with it great events involving great personages. But beneath the glittering scaffold of history imagine, if you will, the lives of humble people hanging in the balance.

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“A nice accompaniment for this spring’s The Borgias TV series, Poole’s hypnotic, richly detailed historical provides an illuminating portrait of Italy’s most powerful Renaissance family. . . . [An] aromatic elixir of political power plays, seductive romance, and dark derring-do.”—Publishers Weekly

“Poole’s second historical title continues seamlessly from where Poison left us. . . . The characters are well drawn and the evocation of Renaissance Roman life is full of detail. The conclusion promises more conflict and adventure in the next book. . . . a good read. For historical fiction and romance readers.”—Library Journal
“Oh, those Borgias, the first family of crime, seem to leap from the pages of this sequel to Poison that reintroduces Francesca Giordano, poisoner for Pope Alexander, aka Rodrigo Borgia. Suspenseful, action-packed and fascinating, Poole’s novel is replete with the atmosphere of the Renaissance.”—RT Book Review (4 stars)

Praise for Sara Poole’s Poison

“A stunning debut . . . deftly mixing historical fact and fiction.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Francesca’s a genuine firecracker of a heroine, and her dilemma plays out in a riveting fashion. Vivid, suspenseful, and capped with an ending that begs a sequel, this is a great first step on the way to the historical fiction A-list.” —Publishers Weekly

“A historical thriller brimming with intrigue, action, and enough double crosses to stump even the most venal of Renaissance popes . . . a fascinating page-turner.” —Lauren Willig, bestselling author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

“A riveting historical thriller . . . Sara Poole’s brilliant debut novel presents a race to the finish between good and evil that will leave you breathlessly awaiting what is surely the birth of a series.”—Sandra Worth, award-winning author of The King’s Daughter

“Five hundred years before the Sopranos and their hit men, there were the Borgias and their poisoners. . . . The heroine Francesca may be the mistress of poisoning, but in my book, Sara Poole is the new queen of historical suspense.”—Robin Maxwell, author of the award-winning The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

Poison presents the most unique heroine I have ever seen in a mystery series (a complex, angst-filled Renaissance Dexter). . . . The plot is as much a fast-paced thriller as a compelling mystery.”—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boleyn


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Sara Poole 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.

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The Borgia Betrayal
A Novel
Sara Poole

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312604530
ISBN10: 031260453X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312609849
ISBN10: 0312609841
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 416 pages
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June 2011
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ISBN: 9781429979184
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