Hardcover & eBook; 304 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in London’s slums, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder…
For years, alchemist Ferris Stannum has devoted himself to developing the Elixir of Life, the reputed serum of immortality. Having tested his remedy successfully on an animal, Stannum intends to send his alchemy journal to a colleague in Cairo for confirmation. But the next day his body is found and the journal is gone.
Bianca, the daughter of an alchemist, is well acquainted with the mystical healing arts. When her husband John falls ill with the sweating sickness, she dares to hope Stannum’s journal could contain the secret to his recovery. But first she must solve the alchemist’s murder. As she ventures into a world of treachery and deceit, Stannum’s death is only the first in a series of murders—and Bianca’s quest becomes a matter of life and death, not only for her husband, but for herself…
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
When I read the plot for " Death of an Alchemist" by Mary Lawrence I was intrigued by the plot. Although I had not read the previous book in the series "The Alchemist Daughter" I wanted to read about this magical elixir. I had also never read Lawrence before so I was interested to experience her storytelling. There were many different aspects of this story that I really enjoyed.
First, I loved the authors writing. Lawrence really drew me into to the story. Also, I loved her descriptions of 16th Century London. I found her descriptions to be real and they helped envelop me in the story! Second, I really loved that the story took place in the non-priviledged parts of London. It was interensting to witness the life of the working class since I have read so many books about the ton. Third, I loved the balance of history and mystery! I did not for one second suspect the murder. Finally, I really enjoed Bianca. I found her to be complex and a well-developed character.
Praise for The Alchemist’s Daughter (Bianca Goddard Mysteries, Book 1)“A realistic evocation of 16th century London’s underside. The various strands of the plot are so skillfully plaited together.” —Fiona Buckley
“Mystery and Tudor fans alike will raise a glass to this new series.” —Karen Harper
For more information please visit Mary's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Blog Tour ScheduleMonday, March 21
Review at Broken Teepee
Tuesday, March 22
Review at With Her Nose Stuck In A Book
Guest Post at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More
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Review at A Book Geek
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Interview at Books and Benches
Friday, March 25
Review at Book Nerd
Interview at The Book Connection
Monday, March 28
Review at Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne
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Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Wednesday, March 30
Review at A Holland Reads
Thursday, March 31
Interview at Author Dianne Ascroft's Blog
Friday, April 1
Guest Post at Passages to the Past
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