The Alchemist's Daughter

The Alchemist's Daughter

eBook - 2015
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"A realistic evocation of 16th century London's underside. The various strands of the plot are so skillfully plaited together." --Fiona BuckleyIn the year 1543 of King Henry VIII's turbulent reign, the daughter of a notorious alchemist finds herself suspected of cold-blooded murder...Bianca Goddard employs her knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants to concoct remedies for the disease-riddled poor in London's squalid Southwark slum. But when her friend Jolyn comes to her complaining of severe stomach pains, Bianca's prescription seems to kill her on the spot. Recovering from her shock, Bianca suspects Jolyn may have been poisoned before coming to her--but the local constable is not so easily convinced.To clear her name and keep her neck free of the gallows, Bianca must apply her knowledge of the healing arts to deduce exactly how her friend was murdered and by whom--before she herself falls victim to a similar fate..."Unique...
Publisher: New York :, Kensington,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781617737114
Characteristics: data file, rda

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Jun 07, 2016

Edgy, fun historical mystery. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a historical work of fiction to the extent I enjoyed this. Set in Tudor London Lawrence writes a cracking good yarn featuring a crew of delightfully rendered characters. This is really a good one.

Jul 28, 2015

A wonderful surprise that has suspense, interesting characters, and a disgusting medieval setting all building to a rollicking dramatic conclusion. I am looking forward to Bianca's next journey.

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