A Poisoner's Tale by Cathryn Kemp reviewed by Glamour Magazine

Glamour Magazine – Best New Books July 2024

Published: July 10, 2024

Review by Glamour Magazine

Summer and new books go hand in hand, and July’s lineup is ready to impress. This month’s releases span a diverse range of genres, from gripping thrillers to poignant literary fiction, and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for a beach read to lose yourself in on the sand or a thought-provoking novel to dive into during quiet evenings after work, July’s new books offer something for every reader’s taste. From lust and desire to prejudice and political intrigue in complex family dynamics, mysteries that unravel with unexpected twists, and propulsive thrillers that will keep you up all night.

A Poisoner’s Tale : This novel is inspired by the true story of the first documented female serial killer in history. So that’s an instant order. A Poisoner’s Tale is a captivating historical novel that weaves intrigue, danger and politics into a richly-detailed narrative. Set in 17th-century Italy, the story follows Giulia Tofana, a young woman trained in the clandestine art of poison-making. As she navigates the treacherous waters of political and personal betrayals in a time of heretics and witch hunts, she must decide whether to use her deadly skills for justice or revenge. Kemp’s vivid storytelling create an engrossing read that explores themes of power, survival, and the fine line between right and wrong.​