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The Borgia Mistress

The Borgia Mistress

A Novel

Poisoner Mysteries (Volume 3)

Sara Poole

St. Martin's Griffin




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.



October 1493

"Donna Francesca…"
I was in the Campo dei Fiore, walking toward Rocco's shop. There was something important that I needed to tell him.
I quickened my pace, avoiding the pushcarts...


Praise for The Borgia Mistress

“This historical is a sexy romp.... True to its characters and historical facts, Poole's novel immerses readers in a seductive Renaissance environment, full of danger and passion.” —Publishers Weekly

“A welcome antidote to the usual melodramatic Borgia fare.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This third entry in the Francesca Giordano series brims with vibrant historical detail and features a chilling mystery. Poole's fascinating heroine's first-person viewpoint presents readers with a unique glimpse of the Borgias and intimate details of this unconventional family and the intrigues that surround them. This is a historical thriller sure to please.” —RT Book Reviews

“A satisfyingly twisty plot and rich historical details about Renaissance Italy.” —Library Journal

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of THE BORGIA MISTRESS . A poisoner in the court of the Borgia pope strives to protect His Holiness by rooting out an assassin, in the third of a series. - Kirkus Reviews

In her third novel (after The Borgia Betrayal) featuring Francesca Giordano - Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Sara Poole

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.

Sara Poole

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