The Alchemist of Lost Souls (A Bianca Goddard Mystery)
Historical Mystery, 4th in Series
Kensington (April 30, 2019)
Digital ASIN: B07G6R99SR
A dangerous element discovered by Bianca Goddard’s father falls into the wrong hands, leading to a chain of multiple murders.
Spring 1544: Now that she is with child, Bianca is more determined than ever to distance herself from her unstable father. Desperate to win back the favor of King Henry VIII, disgraced alchemist Albern Goddard plans to reveal a powerful new element he’s discovered–one with deadly potential. But when the substance is stolen, he is panicked and expects his daughter to help.
Soon after, a woman’s body is found behind the Dim Dragon Inn, an eerie green vapor rising from her breathless mouth. To her grave concern, Bianca has reason to suspect her own mother may be involved in the theft and the murder. As her husband John is conscripted into King Henry’s army to subdue Scottish resistance, Bianca must navigate a twisted and treacherous path among alchemists, apothecaries, chandlers, and scoundrels–to find out who among them is willing to kill to possess the element known as lapis mortem, the stone of death . . .
I like this protagonist. Even with the historical setting, she is relatable while accurate to the times. The relationships with her husband, her mother and father, and various city inhabitants are intriguing and lead me to question which soul is more lost? The portrayal of London’s citizens is captivating, and scenes with the Rat Man are engrossing. I did want a deeper insight to and connection with Bianca’s emotions, turmoil, and passions. I loved the herbalism and alchemy details. The period sounds, setting, and sensory details were delivered so well that I’m sure I smelled a few things along the street and river. You will enjoy this book settled in with a strong cup of English Breakfast tea.
About the Author
Mary Lawrence lives and farms in Maine and worked in the medical field for over twenty-five years before publishing her debut mystery, The Alchemist’s Daughter (Kensington, 2015). The book was named by Suspense Magazine as a “Best Book of 2015” in the historical mystery category. Her articles have appeared in several publications most notably the national news blog, The Daily Beast. The Bianca Goddard Mystery series also includes Death of an Alchemist, Death at St. Vedast, The Alchemist of Lost Souls, and the fifth title for 2020.
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