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"Poisoner!" The bellowed accusation strikes into silence all those in Lucrezia Borgia's audience chamber.
Lucrezia has fled Rome to a loveless marriage with Alfonso, heir to the duke of Ferrara, to escape the rumors that she is utterly depraved--incestuous, a lecher, a poisoner. To her delight she is warmly welcomed in Ferrara, by the duke, by his court, by the people, indeed by everyone except her husband. And then, after only six weeks of basking in the warmth of general approval, Alfonso rushes into her apartment and accuses her of poisoning Bianca Tedaldo, one of her ladies-in-waiting and his mistress.
Immediately, Lucrezia sees the nightmare of her life in Rome recurring. The whispers behind her back, the signs to ward off evil, people making out their wills when she invites them to share a meal. To deny the charge is useless. Lucrezia knows all too well the futility of claiming innocence even when the claim is clearly and plainly true. The only way for her to retrieve her reputation is to discover who committed the crime and expose the true murderer.
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Praise for A Mortal Bane
"Brother Cadfael, move over and make room for Magdalene. A Mortal Bane vibrates with sharp, witty, memorable characters; Magdalene and company are uniquely qualified as historical detectives, and as always, Roberta Gellis is incomparable! This one's a page-turner. I couldn't put it down."
-Amanda Scott, author of Dangerous Lady
"In Gellis's new series, she has created a superb medieval sleuth with a sexy knight for a sidekick. You'll love every minute of this tightly woven mystery."
-Catherine Coulter, author of The Countess
"Roberta Gellis has crafted a superb story of passion, betrayal, and mystery. Entwined in this ingenious ploy is an honest, emotional thread that tugs at the heartstrings."
-Susan Wiggs, author of The Charm School
"In A Mortal Bane, Roberta Gellis has created a medieval cozy with a wonderfully unique cast of characters. Life in the twelfth century leaps into vivid focus."
-Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of Face Down Among the Winchester Geese
"Roberta Gellis and the medieval mystery are a perfect match. In A Mortal Bane, Gellis has created a rich, believable world and peopled it with fascinating characters."
-Jo Beverley, author of Forbidden Magic
"A Mortal Bane has a full cast of fascinating characters, a complex mystery plot, and a stunning sense of time and place. Wonderful!"
-Jill Churchill, author of Fear of Frying: A Jane Jeffry Mystery
Roberta Gellis has a master's degree in medieval literature and another in bio-chemistry. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Romantic Times' Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy and the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Book Description Forge Books, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0765300206
Book Description Forge Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0765300206