The characters felt like plot necessary characteristics lumped together than actual peopleThe Spunky Independent Smart Girl with the writers manual mandated flaw in this case untidiness rather than the usual clumsiness And who of course despite being born in Tudor London has morals and beliefs that fit very neatly into our own timeThe Handsome Devoted Love Interest who continues to adore her despite constantly being pushed asideThrow in the Lazy Cop With Amusing Speech Patterns the Randy Drinker With Amusing Name and Strange Disabled Boy In The Attic and ou ve got a full castThe plot itself although meandering had the potential to be interesting but was let down by not being completely solved view spoilerWhy was the warehouse full of corpses and rats Was it all about destroying the family business There was no prior hint of him wanting to destroy the family business hide spoiler In The Alchemist s Daughter Mary Lawrence brings the world of London 1543 to dark life It begins with the rats Rats may have been numerous than people in that era As the story opens someone is collecting the vermin for an unseemly purposeBianca Goddard the main character lives a precarious existence a 16th century euivalent of living paycheck to paycheck She creates potions and salves to cure her customers of what ails them One of her biggest customers runs a house of ill repute where Bianca s best friend Jolyn was employed Jolyn is engaged in a relationship with a well to do gentleman and is about to embark on a fairy tale life The fairy tale is cut short when she dies suddenly in Bianca s apartment Due to the circumstances surrounding her death Bianca becomes the prime suspect and must
"solve the mystery "the mystery her friend s death or face the gallows herselfAs the story unfolds Bianca goes deeper into London s underworld and discovers the secret of the rat collector She s accused of witchcraft and ends up in a place no one would ever want to go Once she escapes she has to go back to that place again to prove her innocence and to prove what dark events are happening in the London shipyardsThis is a well done mystery with plenty of twists and turns The language customs and events are all authentic to the time proving the author did her research Bianca Goddard stands out as a woman ahead of "Her Era Pursuing Herbal Studies And A Career Preferring To "era pursuing herbal studies and a career preferring to herself rather than marry Unwilling (The MacLauchlans, young This novel is a perfect choice for readers who enjoy Tudor history and mysteries with a strong female protagonistFull disclosure I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Theear is 1543 the place is that messy slummy open sewer pit known as London Amid the dank corners and diseased populace living during the reign of Henry VIII and his final wife is Bianca Goddard 17 ear old proprietor of medicinals and physickes Bright cheery and savvy Bianca is caught up in a misadventure in which she is forced to prove her innocence after a good friend is poisoned to death though the victim also sports a purplish ring around her neck from being throttled The constable needs a convenient target for the murder and Bianca fits the bill Such a classic plot reuires some pretty special writing to overcome its plainness and luckily Lawrence Death of an Alchemist offers that in spades This is not a romanticized London Wretches die of wasting infections people literally rake the muck of the Thames to find things of value and people s lives are small short and cheap Bianca s friends are similar misfits and like many of the era have deformities her friend Banes for example has a us. In the ear 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.
Mary Lawrence ↠ 5 Free readUl and the red herrings kept me guessing Lawrence delivered a tight plausible mystery and I enjoyed uncovering the clues and participating in Bianca s experiments Bianca was a combination of bumbling absent minded professor and Nancy Drew MacGyver I am anxious to spend time with this meddling sleuthWhile I wanted details about Bianca and her family I found The Alchemist s Daughter to be an engaging mystery I am looking forward
"to news on "news on next installmentCopy provided by publisher This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer I picked "Up This Book Solely "this book solely the blurb and cover alone I thought it was a cozy mystery but instead The Alchemist s Daughter is strictly historical fiction Not that I mind reading historical fiction but I was in the mood for a light mystery I never really got into Bianca s head and found myself skimming over parts That being said Lawrence has done her research and is historically accurate in all facets of the story Impressive consider the time period Tudor England If The Mallen Girl you love historical fiction please read this book I just wasn t in the mood for it at the timeMy Rating 25 stars 20 out of 5 stars A medieval mystery set in Tudor London this first in the series featuring Bianca Goddard is full of period details that may appeal to certain readers Bianca lives and works in Southwark in her rent of Medicinals and Physicks creating balms and potions to aid the suffering folk nearby When her best friend Jolyn Carmichael is poisoned and Bianca is threatened with arrest for murder Bianca is determined to find out who really killed Jolyn and why There s really not much mystery or character development here but whatou get as a reader are details that are enough to make any sensitive person almost retch The descriptions of the smells alone the filth the lack of facilities for hygiene and the general atmosphere of the local town the living spaces and pubs made me so happy to live right now out of that time and place The sections related to just the rats were enough to almost put me over the edge this is so far from the castle the court life and King Henry VIII that it definitely told me that I was in the 1500s and worried about Black DeathFrankly Bianca was a drag overwrought prose and melodrama isn t my style and I m sick of plucky independent heroines who end up needing rescue by a man who adores them despite being put off a million times for important work The vocabulary and dialog didn t ring true for me I was uite disappointed with this book after all and will be interested to hear if other fans of this particular niche genre react differently I won t be following the series but I am glad I finished this one it was a struggleThank ou to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the e book ARC to review breezed through this book very uickly reading it in a matter of hours At times the language did slow me down as the author added as much authenticity to the slang and pronunciations as possible without losing the reader in the process I thought this was a nice touch and added atmosphere and realism Still this is a very easy read very different from the usual procedural type mystery making it especially fun to read I am thankful this novel is a part of a series featuring Bianca because this book has made me a fanThis review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews To read the review in it s entirety please visit The Alchemist s Daughter is an enjoyable mystery Bianca Goddard daughter of an infamous alchemist in 16th century London is falsely accused of murdering her friend Jolyn Bianca must use her medicinal knowledge in order to solve Jolyn s murde. The local constable is not so easily convincedTo 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 fa. ,
Eless arm and no thumb Two factors greatly increase this title s value to dudes 1 Vocab building eg wherry purgative #poniard anlace etc 2
FANTASTIC INSULTS EG PISS SNIFFER PUFFEDinsults eg piss sniffer puffed prillywig etc Whereas some #anlace etc 2 Fantastic insults eg piss sniffer puffed up prillywig etc Whereas some fiction bristles with self importance this novel eschews it to excellent effect An eerie subplot involving a creepy rat eating boatman is captivating VERDICT The strong female character in this YA crossover with massive authenticity is just smart enough to be charming without being precious or terribly unrealisticFind reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes Books for Dudes the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal My copy courtesy of Kensington BooksNetGalley much thanksA warts and all historical mystery rather than a cosy It was OK I guess probably about 2 12 stars I didn t much like or much care about the main character which didn t helpFor a further review Find this and other reviews at Lawrence s The Alchemist s Daughter has been on my TBR longer than I care to admit I received an ARC in 2015 but only got round to picking it up this summer The premise intrigued me but for one reason or another the book never demanded my immediate attentionInterestingly my sentiments have not been altered by actually reading the novel I mean no offense but the telling struck me as rather bland The "Mystery Unfolded In A "unfolded in a related series of events but it lacked the tension and urgency I crave I pieced it all together early on and spent most of the book waiting for the characters to catch up and the author to deliver her point Unfortunately the climax fell flat and I was left wondering why I d bothered sticking it outCharacter development was thin beginning to end but I was intensely frustrated The Alchemist s Daughter by Mary Lawrence is the first in her new Bianca Goddard Mysteries The tale takes place during the reign of King Henry VIII and offers a heroine who dabbles in forensics as she tries to exonerate herself from murder chargesBianca Goddard is a uniue uirky character who uses her knowledge of herb and medicinal plants to create remedies and sells them to the poor in the Southwark slumsThe trouble begins when Bianca s friend Jolyn comes to her with stomach cramps In the middle of creating tonic creams she instructs her boyfriend to brew a tea to sooth her friend s stomach Upon drinking it Jolyn convulses and dies Did she do it Bianca believes someone was poisoning Jolyn but the constable believes Bianca with her knowledge killed Jolyn Bianca must determine what killed her friend and by whomFrom the dark bleak descriptions of the slums and establishments to the RATS I am uite determined I will not be taking any trips there in the Tardis The mystery and characters held me captive despite threats of vermin and disease I lost myself within its pages and enjoyed the flow of the story Mary Lawrence brought the period to life I could smell the waste and see the folks going about their day Books set in the Tudor period rarely depict the lower classes and despite my ueasy stomach I enjoyed Lawrence s attention to detail while keeping the story moving at a steady clip I love books involving Alchemy but oh lords do not mention that word around Bianca She does not consider herself an alchemist but a healerThere is a thread regarding Bianca s father and her falling out with her family It involved imprisonment and is mentioned throughout I thought perhaps I had missed a book or preuel but found none I would have appreciated getting the full storyThe cast of characters from suspects to friends added interest Each character was colorf. London’s sualid 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. ,