Apricots and Wolfsbane by K.M. Pohlkamp

Apricots and Wolfsbane

*Shortlisted for the 2017 Chaucer Book Awards for Historical Fiction. Contains a book club reading guide in the back! *Lavinia Maud craves the moment the last wisps of life leave her victim’s bodies—to behold the effects of her own poison creations. Believing confession erases the sin of murder, her morbid desires are in unity with faith, though she could never justify her...

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Apricots and Wolfsbane Reviews

  • C.L. Rose

    No spoilers, but believe me when I say, there's nothing better then badass, female assassins mixed with betrayal, love, life, and chaos. Add this to your TBR pile today. You won't regret it!

  • Melissa Thiringer

    Beautiful writing makes an amazing package for this tense novel that will leave you with a story to ruminate on and assumptions to reconsider.

  • Tony Riches

    This dark, fast-paced tale keeps you guessing from the first page. Pushing the boundaries of the historical fiction genre, K.M. Pohlkamp evokes a world where the usual definitions of right and wrong are the first casualties.

    Obsessed with her quest to discover the perfect poison, it seems nothing is going to stand in the way of Lavinia Maud. Inspired by accounts of Locusta, Emperor Nero's notorious poisoner of ancient Rome, the relocation of the setting to Tudor London provides K.M. Pohlkamp wit

    This dark, fast-paced tale keeps you guessing from the first page. Pushing the boundaries of the historical fiction genre, K.M. Pohlkamp evokes a world where the usual definitions of right and wrong are the first casualties.

    Obsessed with her quest to discover the perfect poison, it seems nothing is going to stand in the way of Lavinia Maud. Inspired by accounts of Locusta, Emperor Nero's notorious poisoner of ancient Rome, the relocation of the setting to Tudor London provides K.M. Pohlkamp with more than enough people to poison - and reasons why.

    I was impressed by the detailed research that must have gone in to writing this book, as well as the character development. This is perhaps not the best book to read to your children at bedtime - but one I'd love to see made into a movie. Highly recommended.

  • Jessica Cale

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

  • Bonnie Kranzusch

    Highly original plot with multiple plot lines intelligently written together. The story line is unpredictable and so intriguing that you can't put the book down. I can't wait for the sequel

  • Robin Martinez Rice

    KM Pohlkamp delivers a haunting tale of Lavinia Maud, 16th century Poison Master. Lavinia justifies her foray into a profession dominated by men as her only option as a woman on her own. Or is she really just out for revenge?

    As an avid reader and writer of historic fiction there aren't too many topics which surprise me. Pohlkamp's tale 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 l

    KM Pohlkamp delivers a haunting tale of Lavinia Maud, 16th century Poison Master. Lavinia justifies her foray into a profession dominated by men as her only option as a woman on her own. Or is she really just out for revenge?

    As an avid reader and writer of historic fiction there aren't too many topics which surprise me. Pohlkamp's tale 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

  • Lisa Orchard

    This isn't my usual genre, but it was a great story to expand my horizons in my reading repertoire. I enjoyed the strong female character who broke through the social norms of the era and led her life on her own terms. Those are the kinds of characters I like and identify with. The fact that she's an assassin for hire makes the story intriguing and made me want to continue reading. This is a real page turner!

    I also loved the plot twists I didn't see coming. This author certainly knows how to kee

    This isn't my usual genre, but it was a great story to expand my horizons in my reading repertoire. I enjoyed the strong female character who broke through the social norms of the era and led her life on her own terms. Those are the kinds of characters I like and identify with. The fact that she's an assassin for hire makes the story intriguing and made me want to continue reading. This is a real page turner!

    I also loved the plot twists I didn't see coming. This author certainly knows how to keep your attention. I highly recommend this story.

  • Dave Wickenden

    Now for something totally different. In a GREAT WAY.

    This tale of suspense and murder tells the story of a 16th century assassin who raises herself from nothing to an equal with the ruling class utilizing the weapon of poison. Follow her career; both her successes and triumphs in this strangely hypnotic take of sin and obsession. Ms. Pohlkamp will have you cheering on this delicious femme fatale as she murders her way up the chains of society to reach the pinnacle of her profession.

    This is one o

    Now for something totally different. In a GREAT WAY.

    This tale of suspense and murder tells the story of a 16th century assassin who raises herself from nothing to an equal with the ruling class utilizing the weapon of poison. Follow her career; both her successes and triumphs in this strangely hypnotic take of sin and obsession. Ms. Pohlkamp will have you cheering on this delicious femme fatale as she murders her way up the chains of society to reach the pinnacle of her profession.

    This is one of those stories readers will not want to end. The originality and suspense moves it along so that the pages seem to turn on their own.

    The world building is exquisite with attention to detail that sweeps the reader into the life and times of Tudor England. It’s like stepping into a time machine. Just don’t sample the fruit.

    I’ll be anxious for K.M. Pohlkamp return.

  • Ashley Williams

    While historicals are typically not my cup of tea,

    kept me turning the pages. The plot has twists and turns that that I didn't see coming, featuring a kickass heroine on her quest to become one of the best poison masters ever. If you're in the mood for something dark and historical, then this might be the book for you.

  • Andreia Nuno

    A memorable, unique historical thriller packed with action and an impressive research of historical poisons. It’s very hard to believe this is a debut novel.

    This is the tale of a female assassin on the 16th century that uses different poisons has the weapon of choice. Lavinia Maud craves for the death fashioned by her own creations, her preys both poor and rich. However, fame brings risk to a higher level. Between avoiding the anger of her patron, struggling between love and death, Lavinia will

    A memorable, unique historical thriller packed with action and an impressive research of historical poisons. It’s very hard to believe this is a debut novel.

    This is the tale of a female assassin on the 16th century that uses different poisons has the weapon of choice. Lavinia Maud craves for the death fashioned by her own creations, her preys both poor and rich. However, fame brings risk to a higher level. Between avoiding the anger of her patron, struggling between love and death, Lavinia will find out the hard way that the heart is hard to silence and that revenge is served better with a tasteless poison.

    Now, this is a new, refreshing novel with an original plot and a fantastic main character. A femme fatale that murders all levels of society, aiming for the ultimate game of her career: that is there not too like? It’s darkly compelling and addictive until the very last page.

    The plot is brilliantly thought and developed. It’s fast paced with twists and turns that will take the floor from under your feet. The originality of the plot is a breath of fresh air in the world of historical thrillers and the level of suspense is enough to make any heart skip a few beats.

    The setting is perfectly chosen and the research made by Kara Pohlkamp on the time period and the poisons are impressive and perhaps even a bit scary. The Tudor era is one of my favourites in English history so I was more than pleased to jump into the story. The author proves just the right amount of detail to give the reader the perfect view of this dark tale.

    The seductive and hypnotic style of writing pulls the reader deep into the story of this murderess and turns this journey of sin, obsession and murder into a pleasant ride. Pohlkamp is a magician with words, so smooth and seductive that will make readers fall for her novel like clockwork.

    The main character is great and memorable. I know she’s an assassin and I know she has an unhealthy obsession with poisons and killing, but at the same time, the way the author presents her, it’s impossible not to connect with Lavinia and admire her. She is a powerful, deadly intelligent woman that uses everything she has to survive a world ruled by men. Her battle between cold logic and her heart is mesmerising to read and her struggles give her an incredible depth as a character.

    I can’t wait to see what other tricks Kara Pohlkamp has up her sleeve!

    For all the fans of historical thrillers looking for something new and exciting, you can’t let this one get away.

    I want to thank the author Kara Pohlkamp for reaching out and sending me a digital copy of her book in exchange for an honest review!

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