The Alchemist´s Daughter by Mary Lawrence

the alchemists daughterThe Alchemist Daughter by Mary Lawrence

Blurb from, please scroll down for my review.

“A realistic evocation of 16th century London’s underside. The various strands of the plot are so skillfully plaited together.” —Fiona Buckley

In 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…

My Review

I found this to be an enjoyable book, even though it was a little slow going, the writing was good with detailed descriptions of the time and good language used. Great description of Tudor London from the point of view of the lower life, not the court of Henry VIII but the dirty, smelly and rat infested London.

Bianca Goddard is a great character, unusual, she has the right personality for living in the described conditions, nothing stops her and after being accused of murdering her best friend, which she didn´t do of course she takes it into her own hands to find out who actually did it. I loved the beginning, it draws you into an unsavoury world, but in a well written way. This is a debut novel and there is great potential in the author.


mary lawrenceAbout the author

Mary Lawrence is the author of the upcoming Bianca Goddard Mysteries. Set in Tudor London in the final years of Henry VIII’s reign, Book I, THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER, will be released in April, 2015.

Originally from Evansville, Indiana, Mary attended Butler and Indiana University,moving to Maine after completing a degree in cytotechnology. She has worked in hospitals and labs and written indexes for several small publishers. Recently she started a berry farm in southern Maine with her husband. She is an avid reader of historical fiction and nonfiction and concentrates on Tudor/Elizabethan history.

In 2010, she was a finalist in the RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, and won the Golden Claddagh in historical fiction. She was also a finalist in the Gotham Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest in 2010.


About the book

  • File Size: 1037 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (April 28, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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