“Bianca Goddard is back—and this time she’s grappling with murderous magic. Another page-turning historical mystery from Mary Lawrence in this superb series.”
—E.M. Powell, author of the Stanton & Barling mysteries
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 . . .
Praise for Death at St. Vedast
“Full of period details, Lawrence’s latest series outing captures Tudor London in all its colorful splendor. A solid choice for devotees of Karen Harper’s Elizabethan mysteries.”
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The Element of Greed
(Friday, June 7, 2019)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund
The 4th installment in the Bianca Goddard Mystery series!
With a father as an Alchemist (although highly out of favor with the King at present) and a mother a white witch (as they say), of course the apple isn't going to fall far from the tree...but in Bianca's case, she's got more scruples than both her parents. Her homemade medicinals and physicks are her life's work as she strives to invent concoctions for the good. Helping people is all she wants to do, her salves and potions are sold on her behalf by Meddybemps a wild eyed street vendor (as close a father figure that she can imagine considering her own father's circumstances). Living in a hovel in one of the worst area of London; Southwark, is where she plies her trade. Her husband John is currently trying to raise their level of living, being himself apprenticed to a French silversmith, but more herbs than food line their pantry. The sudden arrival of her aforementioned father to her door with a demand to use her (interestingly enough) skills of deduction to find the thief that stole his latest element set Bianca's (and John's) teeth on edge. Although Goddard is sure Bianca's mother is prime suspect, Bianca sets to the task at hand (unwilling at best, but with no choice at worst!). During her investigation, Bianca becomes embroiled in the discovery of a grisly murder outside their neighborhood pub and to her horror the said element is also present. Enter the dreaded Constable Patch who now also demands her sleuthing services, however when the suspects cut close to home, finding the true murderer is her priority! I wasn't putting it down til it was complete!