#Review The Alchemist of Lost Souls
(A Bianca Goddard Mystery) by Mary Lawrence
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The Alchemist of Lost Souls
(A Bianca Goddard Mystery)
by Mary Lawrence
About the Book
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 . . .
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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.
I didn’t realise this was book 4 in a series, but this intrigued me – it would be beneficial to have read the previous books but it did no hinder my reading of this instalment. Mary Lawrence has done a wonderful job of transporting the reader back to the sixteenth century with this historical mystery, so much so I cant wait to back and read book 1.
Filled with wonderful characters, vivid descriptions and vocabulary in-keeping of the time period will see you get sucked into the story that sees Bianca track down a thief who has stolen some stones from her alchemist father, only then have to track down a killer instead.
This was a wonderful read, and not my usual genre, but I loved getting swept away with the time period and the wonderful characters that Mary Lawrence has created.
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