During the tempestuous reign of Henry VIII, Bianca Goddard has seen up close what keeps a man alive—and what can kill him. A good thing, for she will need all her knowledge to keep a friend away from the gallows . . .
Bianca and her husband John are delighted to share in the glad fortune of their friend, Boisvert, the silversmith, who is to wed Odile, the wealthy widow of a goldsmith. But a pall is cast over the upcoming nuptials when the body of a pregnant woman is found beneath the bell tower of St. Vedast, the very church where the betrothed are to be married.
Tragedy strikes again at the couple’s reception, when Odile suddenly drops dead in the middle of the wedding feast. The constable suspects Boisvert poisoned his new bride for her money, but there’s not a trace of poison in her food or wine. Could the two deaths be connected? To prove their friend’s innocence, Bianca will need to employ her knowledge of alchemy—for if she can determine how the bride was killed, she may find the person responsible for her murder—before another victim is added to the death toll . . .
Praise for The Alchemist’s Daughter
“A realistic evocation of 16th century London’s underside. The various strands of the plot are so skillfully plaited together.”
“Captivating . . . just smart enough to be charming without being precious or terribly unrealistic.”
“Well-written, enjoyable, and well-worth reading.”
—New Mystery Reader
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Murder on Foster Lane
(Sunday, October 2, 2016)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund
Book 3 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series!
December 1543, and the world looks different to Bianca from Foster Lane, home of citizens above her station. But the love for her husband and the opportunity to aid in his future acceptance to the Goldsmith Guild (along with upgraded rental courtesy of John's master), has her reluctantly leaving Gull Hole. For now her practice and home business in Medicinals and Physickes has been put on hold, it would be difficult to hide the scent of her chemistries from the neighbors! It was hard enough to travel in the early morn under the cover of darkness to keep any and all from knowing of the rats (in iron cages these days) Bianca would be hiding below stairs. Almost to her new home, a crowd of people in the churchyard draws her attention and upon discovering the source to find those gathered in the cold so early in the morning, Bianca realizes that even here death visits.