A NOTORIOUS WOMAN
Court intrigue, poison and murders fill this Renaissance romance. The characters are a bit flawed, but that makes them more human. The setting is beautiful, and the description of life in that era accurate. A bit of mystery surrounds this tale and makes it an enjoyable novel.
Former lady Julietta now owns
a perfumery. Her wealthy clients love the fragrances she creates, but something terrible is happening: Some of her rich patrons' husbands are being poisoned.
Julietta also has concerns about matters of the heart. Marc, a sea captain that she's sure is in cahoots with an
aristocrat who wants her to marry him, makes her wish that she could start life anew and toss away the stigma of her past and the cares of the present. When Julietta is accused of murder, Marc is ordered to kill her, but love finds a way to right all evil. The ending is suspenseful and full of surprises. (Harlequin, Aug., 304 pp., $5.99)