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 . . .
A Suspense Magazine Best Historical Mystery of the Year
“A realistic evocation of 16th century London’s underside. The various strands of the plot are so skillfully plaited together.”—Fiona Buckley, author of the Ursula Blanchard Mysteries“The writing is terrific . . . will keep readers engaged until the very last page . . . a real page-turner.”—San Francisco Book Review
“Whereas some historical fiction bristles with self-importance, this novel eschews it to excellent effect.”—Library Journal
About the author
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. She has also written Death of an Alchemist and Death at St. Vedast in the Bianca Goddard mystery series. Visit the author at www.marylawrencebooks.com.