Reviews

The British Fantasy Society Review

The British Fantasy Society Review

“It was impossible to put down. Knowing the ending meant I was tense throughout, wondering which mistake Guilia or her friends make is their downfall. It was like reading a car crash in slow motion, lives were on the line.” By Sarah Deeming, The British Fantasy Society

Giulia Tofana: poisoner, murderer, saviour?

Giulia Tofana: poisoner, murderer, saviour?

“More than 600 men throughout Italy, from dukes to commoners, are said to have been killed using her potion, Aqua Tofana, which contained a potent mix of arsenic, belladonna and lead. It took only a few drops to kill a man – and set a woman free.” By Cathryn Kemp, Historia Magazine

Glamour Magazine – Best New Books July 2024

Glamour Magazine – Best New Books July 2024

“A a captivating historical novel that weaves intrigue, danger and politics. Kemp’s vivid storytelling creates an engrossing read that explores themes of power, survival, and the fine line between right and wrong.” By Chaya Colman and Sophie Ezra, Glamour Magazine

A Poisoner’s Tale – Cathryn Kemp

A Poisoner’s Tale – Cathryn Kemp

“this is a strong book full of great promise. Well written, generally well paced, interesting characters, great settings, layered narrative, so much detail and depth, impressive researching skills, and an interesting and fun book to get stuck into. Highly recommend for historical lovers.” Laura Purcell, Books By Your Bedside

Book Review by Grimdark Magazine

Book Review by Grimdark Magazine

“I would argue that juggling murder with a perhaps greater positive impact makes her one of the most grimdark characters out there. Kemp’s historical novel puts the focus exactly there, smack on her moral greyness, to create a compelling narrative of a semi-fictional life.” Fabienne Schwizer, Grimdark Magazine

Perspective Magazine – Thriller of the Month

Perspective Magazine – Thriller of the Month

“Imaginatively building on contemporary rumours and a few known facts about Tofana, Kemp weaves a compelling tale of female victimisation, resistance and rebellion in a society which granted women few rights, little protection and limited access to justice.” Katherine Muskett, Perspective Magazine

BookTrail Boarding Pass: A Poisoner’s Tale

BookTrail Boarding Pass: A Poisoner’s Tale

“The sense of tension and creeping sense of dread is brilliantly done. People in cloaks follow these women, shadows seem to be everywhere. Vatican City alludes danger too. This is a dangerous time in Rome. I was sweating alongside the characters! I was only glad to finish so I could return to a natural rhythm of breathing. And this is a DEBUT?? Brilliantly told, expertly woven.” The BookTrail