The Alchemist of Lost Souls

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It’s 1544 and thanks to his young and unfaithful wife and an ulcerous leg, Henry VIII is in a foul mood and spoiling for a fight. Unfortunately for herbalist Bianca Goddard, the king’s misfortunes are long-reaching, and soon he will be dragging many of the men off the land, including her own husband, John, off to fight in faraway France just when the newly pregnant Bianca needs him most. Still, there is much to keep her occupied when the wife of an alchemist turns up dead and emitting a mysterious green gas from her mouth. Not surprisingly, her own alchemist father, recently out of favor with the king, soon visits her with the news that he has managed to create, and lose, a wondrous stone with properties remarkably similar. It isn’t long until Bianca is once more tangled up in intrigue and working alongside old friends and begrudging constables to solve another murder.

The Alchemist of Long Souls by Mary Lawrence is atmospheric and enjoyable. The author strikes the perfect balance between Tudor language and history and accessibility. The reader is never left wandering hopelessly for meaning, nor is he/she distracted by lack of backstory. It was not necessary to have read the prior books in the series. However, having enjoyed this book so much, I am greatly anticipating doing so almost as much as reading her next installment!

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Author Mary Lawrence
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Kensington
Publish Date 2019-04-30
ISBN 9781496715319
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Issue June 2019
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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