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Mandragora

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  6 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Add a conniving servant and his amoral master; a murderous priest and his equally homicidal sidekick; an odious mother-in-law; a beautiful but barren wife wed to an ancient attorney; and a potion brewed from the root of the Mandragora, a plant alleged to help women conceive, and you have a prescription for pandemonium, especially when Mandragora (known in less reputable ci ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published September 2nd 2013 by Bougainvillea (first published February 14th 2013)
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Caleb Blake
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (http://papyrus.calebblake.net/2014/01/07/mandragora-by-h-d-greaves/ )

What schemes are hatched when a young and wealthy dandy is tempted by his mischievous servant with the possibility of a lecherous conquest in Florence? A barren wife, flea-bitten partners in crime and the eventual culmination in a drink of the Mandragora brew; that cures as well as kills.

Mandragora is inspired by the Renaissance comedy, The Mandragora, penned
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. As the synopsis says, this book is based on Machiavelli's comedy, The Mandrake. I had no clue that Machiavelli wrote a comedy! I only knew that he wrote The Prince, a decidedly less happy story. Reading Mandragora made me think that I definitely need to go back and read Machiavelli's The Mandrake to see what it was like. It's still so eye-opening to me that he wrote comedy! Mandragora is a very funny book with some interesting characters.

The book starts out a bit slowly but then it ga
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