"Rose is an unusually skillful storyteller. Her polished prose and intricate plot will grip even the most skeptical reader. " —The Washington Post

The Witch of Painted Sorrows
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Hardcover - Atria (ISBN: 978-1476778068)
"This bell époque thriller is a haunting tale of obsessive passions." People Magazine
"Rose has a talent for compelling writing, and this time she has outdone herself. Fear, desire, lust and raw emotion ooze off the page." The New York Times
"Lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting" Kirkus
"Haunting tale of possession." Publishers Weekly
"An adult fairy tale.. an entrancing read that will be long savored." Library Journal (Starred Review)
New York socialite Sandrine Salome flees an abusive husband for her grandmother's Paris mansion, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is closed and under renovation. Her grandmother insists it's too dangerous to visit but Sandrine defies her– an unexplainable force is drawing her home.

Effortlessly absorbing and richly imagined, with sumptuous detail and spellbinding suspense, The Witch of Painted Sorrows conjures the brilliance and intrigue of Belle Époque Paris and illuminates the fine line between explosive passion, and complete ruination. Read more...

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List and by librarians for the Library Reads List.

The Collector of Dying Breaths
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Hardcover - Atria (ISBN: 978-1451621532)
"M.J. Rose's latest novel is breathtaking..." —Associated Press
"Mysterious, magical, and mythical. What a joy to read!" New York Times Bestseller, Sara Gruen, Water For Elephants
A lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as a perfumer and a mythologist search for the fine line between potion and poison, poison and passion...and past and present.

This mesmerizing gothic tale of passion and obsession crisscrosses time, zigzagging from the violent days of Catherine de Medici's court to twenty-first century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit chateaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind. Read more...

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Amazon Best Books of April Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Hardcover - Atria (ISBN: 978-1451621501)
"Rose seduces the reader from the very first page. Enticing thriller... fascinating... unexpected. Rose has written another winner." —Associated Press
In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo's beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo's transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.

Or so it has been believed...

Best Book of 2013Suspense Magazine

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The Book of Lost Fragrances
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Paperback - Atria (ISBN: 978-1451621488)

"Compelling... suspenseful tale. Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted". —Associated Press
A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra—and lost for 2,000 years. Read more...

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List.