''In her fascinating book, Holly Tucker fuses history and mystery to create the dramatic effect of a novel while remaining true to the real-life plots and poisons of France's seventeenth century… A genuinely illuminating study of a remarkably amoral moment in human history.'' --(Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook)
''At once bewitching and chilling, the dark story of toxic intrigue, murder, and mayhem in the Sun King's France reads like the most gripping thriller, thanks to Holly Tucker's storytelling flair and relentless research.'' --(Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King)
''Imagine a novel full of sex and betrayal, conspiracy and politics, murder and magic, detective work and justice. Holly Tucker has written one -- except this isn't fiction: it just reads like it.'' --(Malcolm Gaskill, author of Witchfinders)
''Tucker's narrative is rich in document and detail, while never losing sight of these historical events as a compelling police procedural, unfolding at a moment when the process of modern police investigation was just being invented.'' --(Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, author of The King's Mistresses)
About the Author
Kate Reading is an Audie Award-winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.