- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing; None edition (October 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1946802026
- ISBN-13: 978-1946802026
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One should never condone murder, but, strangely, I rooted for Lavinia. Pohlkamp made her easily understandable, despite her odd sense of morality. She had to survive in a time period dominated by men...Her dark obsession with poison, her love for the magistrate, Haylan Moryet, and her belief in God turn the narrative into something fascinating and substantial that powers the heart of the story."
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"If you ever wondered what it would be like if Sweeney Todd had a conscience (and no need for Mrs. Lovett's pies) or what would happen to Robin LaFevers' assassin nuns if they weren't in the convent, this book will give you a taste. In this impeccably written and researched work, Pohlkamp takes you into the mind of a conflicted assassin for whom the science of poisons is a passion; she loves what she does and enjoys murder, but she is not a cold-hearted serial killer. She also recognizes the sin in her profession and struggles to find absolution. The inherently high stakes of Lavinia's profession, coupled with the danger of her rapid rise in notoriety, make for a page-turning plot. Add to that a one-sided love affair with the local lawman, and you have a recipe for a cracking good read. This book drew me in unlike any other in a long time. The author's website promises a sequel, and I for one am glad. Very highly recommended."
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Lavinia Maud craves the moment the last wisps of life leave her victim's bodiesto behold the effects of her own poison creations. Believing confession erases the sin of murder, her morbid desires are in unity with faith, though she could never justify her skill to the magistrate she loves. At the start of the 16th century in Tudor England, Lavinia's marks grow from tavern drunks to nobility, but rising prestige brings increased risk. When the magistrate suspects her ruse, he pressures the priest into breaking her confessional seal, pitting Lavinia's instincts as an assassin against the tenets of love and faith. She balances revenge with her struggle to develop a tasteless poison and avoid the wrath of her ruthless patron. With her ideals in conflict, Lavinia must decide which will satisfy her heart: love, faith, or murderbut the betrayals are just beginning.
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The novel was published by Filles Vertes, a press in Idaho that, I read online, is relatively new. The author and press have created in Apricots and Wolfsbane a very handsome book.
K.M. Pohlkamp’s debut novel showcases her true talent as a historical fiction author. If you enjoy descriptive settings that paint a vivid picture of the Tudor era, then this book is for you. Following Lavinia Maud in her quest to create an elusive poison, the author takes you through the mindset of an assassin who allows no soul to get in her way, including her own. While I did find difficulty in connecting to the main character's motive, Pohlkamp delivers a lingering question throughout the story that kept my interest mildly piqued. Will Lavinia formulate her potion in time, or will she become the next murder victim?