I’m thrilled to see The Poison Keeper finally available for sale on paperback and ebook and in the KindleUnlimited Subscription Library.

This is a novel written entirely during this Covid year without any travel. I had a first draft but was going to Naples to finish my research. Like many with similar stories, those plans were cancelled, so all my research has been from my desk with the aid of maps, scholarly articles and books. Launching a book is a very special occasion for the author who has probably worked on it for  countless hours. I now have more than a million words in print, and my books take up nearly a whole shelf on our home bookshelf. Time for a celebration!The Poison Keeper Deborah Swift

I’m also really pleased to be able to reveal the cover to its companion book, The Silkworm Keeper, which is now also available for pre-order at a bargain price. Both books can be read as stand-alone books, but it makes sense to read The Poison Keeper first.


Naples 1633

Aqua Tofana – One drop to heal. Three drops to kill.

Giulia Tofana longs for more responsibility in her mother’s apothecary business, but Mamma has always been secretive and refuses to tell her the hidden keys to her success. But the day Mamma is arrested for the poisoning of the powerful Duke de Verdi, Giulia is shocked to uncover the darker side of her trade.

Based on the legendary life of Giulia Tofana, this is a story of hidden family secrets, and how even the darkest desires can be overcome by courage and love. Click HERE to buy.

Deborah Swift The Silkworm KeeperTHE SILKWORM KEEPER
Rome 1638

Old sins have long shadows. ~ Italian Proverb

Giulia Tofana never wanted to be a nun, but she is determined to atone for her sinful past by making her new monastery a success.

When an unexpected disaster closes the convent, Giulia is forced to turn to her old friend Fabio Pasello for help. Giulia still has intense feelings for Fabio and Fabio’s passion for her has never diminished. But they are not the same people they were before. Giulia has taken her vows, and Fabio is apprenticed to Gianlorenzo Bernini the famous sculptor, and has become one of Bernini’s rakish libertines. They could not be further apart.

To add to their problems, Giulia cannot escape her reputation as a poisoner, and is soon embroiled in a plot against Fabio’s patron, Pope Urban VIII. Faced with the idea of murder, will Giulia renounce her vows or embrace them?

Inspired by true stories, The Silkworm Keeper is a novel of nuns and courtesans, artists and priests, in the shadow and splendour of the Eternal City.

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