The Alchemist's Daughter - A Bianca Goddard Mystery

Disclosure:  I received an ARC sample to facilitate my review.  This is my honest opinion only.  You may have a different outcome.

The Alchemist's Daughter:  A Bianca Goddard Mystery
  Written by Mary Lawrence
  Paperback, 304 Pages
  May 2015, $15

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…

Mary Lawrence is originally from Evansville, Indiana and attended Butler and Indiana University, then 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. Find her online at

My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure how I would feel about the setting of this story, but it worked.  Bianca is a good person and is all about helping others.  After getting accused of murder by an ignorant and lazy cop, she goes about trying to find out what really happened and also finds out that there should be more to her life than just medicine.  A few twists are thrown in, along with some seedy characters.  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

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