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Death at St. Vedast: A Bianca Goddard Mystery #3

Mary Lawrence

ISBN 9781617737145
Publish Date 12/27/2016
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Historical Mystery, Kensington

During the tempestuous reign of Henry VIII, London alchemist 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.” —Fiona Buckley

“Captivating . . . just smart enough to be charming without being precious or terribly unrealistic.” —Library Journal

“Well-written, enjoyable, and well-worth reading.” —New Mystery Reader

Praise for The Alchemist’s Daughter

“Set during the twilight years of Henry VIII with vibrant characters, a compelling plot and accurate historical depictions, The Alchemist’s Daughter brings the darkness and danger of Tudor London vividly to life as it weaves its suspenseful tale. This beautifully written addition to the medieval mystery genre is sure to delight all fans of the period.” --Sandra Worth, author of Pale Rose of England

“A smart, scientific sleuth…Lawrence uses her enthusiasm for Elizabethan England to create an historical novel within a mystery.” --Portland Monthly

“The writing is terrific, with great period details. There are lots of red herrings and a surprising amount of action that will keep readers engaged until the very last page.” --San Francisco Book Review

“I absolutely loved The Alchemist's Daughter - the characters, the authentic feel of the period, and of course the richly drawn story.” --Dorothy Cannell, author of Murder at Mullings

“Lawrence proves herself to be an excellent storyteller with this grim tale of murder, mayhem and medicine.” -- CentralMaine.com

Praise for Death of an Alchemist

“Lawrence excels at exploring themes – parent-child conflict, dreams of eternal life, and the limitations of medicine – that have period and present-day resonance.” --Publishers Weekly

“Another exciting adventure on the back streets of 16th century London.” --RT Book Reviews

“Mary Lawrence is as sharp as ever…this is an exciting and very satisfying historical mystery in Tudor London.” --Kennebec Journal

About Mary Lawrence:

Mary Lawrence lives in Maine and worked in the medical field for more than twenty-five years before publishing her debut mystery, The Alchemist’s Daughter (Kensington, 2015). The book was named by Suspense Magazine a “Best Book of 2015” in the historical mystery category. Her articles have appeared in several publications, including the national news blog The Daily Beast. Book 2 of the Bianca Goddard Mysteries, Death of an Alchemist, released in February 2016. Visit the author at marylawrencebooks.com.

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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.


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