Reviews for Apricots and Wolfsbane

 

K.M. Pohlkamp’s gothic story becomes darker as Lavinia’s ambition leads her on a journey from which there can be no return. Her experiments are unhindered by concern for her victims, and she admits the poisoner’s reward is the look of surprised understanding in the eyes of a doomed victim. Written in the first person, the atmospheric undertones and fast pace make this a book which is hard to put down.

~ Tony Riches, author of the Tudor Trilogy

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Delicious. Apricots and Wolfsbane is a unique thriller packed with impressive research into historical  poisons. Fast-paced, grim, and darkly funny, Pohlkamp’s prose are intoxicating.

~ Jessica Cale, author of Tyburn

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Accolades for “Apricots and Wolfsbane!” This is not my usual genre, however, I enjoyed the novel immensely. The story kept me on my toes with the action and the plot twists.

~ Lisa Orchard, author of The Super Spies and The Starlight Chronicles.

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As an avid reader and writer of historic fiction there aren’t too many topics which surprise me. Pohlkamp’s tale of Lavinia Maud, Poison Master of the 16th century, drew me in and tossed me around. Could I really side with a murderess? Hope that the stubborn priest would hear her confession? The suspense of this tale had me looking over my shoulder for the ghosts of her victims.

~ Robin Martinez Rice, author of Imperfect and Hidden Within the Stones

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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

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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

 

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