The talented new voice of K.M. Pohlkamp brings meaning to historical fiction. I was swept away in this haunting tale of murder, politics, confession and complicated relationships. After reading this tale of poison, revenge, confession and power, you will ponder the idea that everything—even the vilest murder—can be forgiven.
Pohlkamp has brought to life a piece of history that captivated me with its unique flavor. Lavinia Maud is a Poison Master who bit into my soul even as I prayed for her to stop.
~ Robin Martinez Rice, author of Imperfect and Hidden Within the Stones
I don’t normally read historical fiction, but I am a huge fan of this book. Although rich in period detail, K.M. Pohlkamp’s Apricots and Wolfsbane reads like a modern-day psychological thriller. Fans of the Dexter series will love Lavinia, an anti-hero the reader simultaneously gravitates toward and cringes away from. In some scenes, Lavinia is so sympathetic, my palms sweat with anticipation, hoping Lavinia could escape every predicament she found herself in. In other scenes, my stomach turned in revulsion at the lengths the poisoner went through while stalking and attempting to murder her prey. This is a perfect book club novel—with enough interest and intrigue to keep everyone turning the pages and enough depth for a lively discussion afterwards. I can’t wait for the sequel!
~Megan Cassidy, author of Always Jessie, The Misadventures of Marvin Miller, and Smothered