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Well done mystery with plenty f twists and turns The language customs and Events Are All Authentic are all authentic the time proving the author did her research Bianca Goddard stands The Windy Season out as a woman aheadf her era pursuing herbal studies and a career preferring to support herself rather than marry young This novel is a perfect choice for readers who Enjoy Tudor History And Tudor history and with a strong female protagonistFull disclosure I received an advance review copy f this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review breezed through this book NetGalley in exchange for an honest review breezed through this book uickly reading it in a matter f 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 A Month of Sundays of a series featuring Bianca because this book has made me a fanThis review is the copyrighted propertyf Night Owl Reviews To read the review in it s entirety please visit The Alchemist s Daughter by Mary Lawrence is the first in her new Bianca Goddard Mysteries The tale takes place during the reign Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel of King Henry VIII andffers 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 Beneath the Jolly Roger 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 middlef 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 Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise 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 threatsf vermin and disease I lost myself within its pages and enjoyed the flow f 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 h 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 Pig out with her family It involved imprisonment and is mentioned throughout I thought perhaps I had missed a bookr preuel but found none I would have appreciated getting the full storyThe cast Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of characters from suspects to friends added interest Each character was colorful 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 combinationf 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 n the next installmentCopy provided by publisher This review was riginally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer The year is 1543 the place is that messy. London’s sualid Southwark slum But when her friend Jolyn comes to her complaining Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of severe stomach pains Bianca’s prescription seems to kill hern the spot Recovering from her shock Bianca suspects Jolyn may have been poisoned before coming to her but. Slummy pen sewer pit known as London Amid the dank corners and diseased populace living during the reign f Henry VIII and his final wife is Bianca Goddard 17 year ld proprietor diseased populace living during the reign f Henry VIII and his final wife is Bianca Goddard 17 year ld proprietor 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 vercome its plainness and luckily Lawrence Death f an Alchemist ffers that in spades This is not a romanticized London Wretches die f wasting infections people literally rake the muck f the Thames to find things f value and people s lives are small short and cheap Bianca s friends are similar misfits and like many f the era have deformities her friend Banes for example has a useless arm and no thumb Two factors greatly increase this title s value to dudes 1 Vocab Building Eg Wherry Vocab building eg wherry poniard anlace etc 2 Fantastic insults eg piss sniffer puffed up prillywig etc Whereas some historical 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 Large Catechism of Martin Luther or terribly unrealisticFind reviewsf books for men at Books for Dudes Books for Dudes the Junior Jolt online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal The Alchemist s Daughter is an enjoyable mystery Bianca Goddard daughterf an infamous alchemist in 16th century London is falsely accused Ceux de la posie vcue of murdering her friend Jolyn Bianca must use her medicinal knowledge inrder to solve Jolyn s murder I picked up this book solely n 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 ver parts That being said Lawrence has done her research and is historically accurate in all facets f the story Impressive consider the time period Tudor England If you love historical fiction please read this book I just wasn t in the mood for it at the timeMy Rating 25 stars My copy courtesy f 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 much care about the main character which didn t helpFor a review 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 Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of course despite being born in Tudor London has morals and beliefs that fit very neatly intour wn 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 you 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 f corpses and rats Was it all about destroying the family business There was no prior hint Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of him wanting to destroy the family business hide spoile. The local constable is not so easily convincedTo clear her name and keep her neck freef the gallows Bianca must apply her knowledge f the healing arts to deduce exactly how her friend was murdered and by whom before she herself falls victim to a similar fa. The Alchemist’s Daughter20 ut f 5 stars A medieval mystery set in Tudor London this first in the series featuring Bianca Goddard is full f period details that may appeal to certain readers Bianca lives and works in Southwark in her rent Kaleidoscope 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 findut who really killed Jolyn and why There s really not much mystery r character development here but what you get as a reader are details that are enough to make any sensitive person almost retch The descriptions f the smells alone make any sensitive person almost retch The descriptions f the smells alone filth the lack f facilities for hygiene and the general atmosphere Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of the local town the living spaces and pubs made me so happy to live right nowut Smithereens of that time and place The sections related to just the rats were enough to almost put mever 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 The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness overwrought prose and melodrama isn t my style and I m sickf plucky independent heroines who end up needing rescue by a man who adores them despite being put ff 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 true for me I was uite disappointed with this book after all and will be interested to if ther fans f this particular niche genre react differently I won t be following the series but I am glad I finished this ne it was a struggleThank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the e book ARC to review Find this and Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability other reviews at Lawrence s The Alchemist s Daughter has beenn my TBR longer than I care to admit I received an ARC in 2015 but Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds only got round to picking it up this summer The premise intrigued me but forne reason r another the book never demanded my immediate attentionInterestingly my sentiments have not been altered by actually reading the novel I mean no ffense but the telling struck me as rather bland The mystery unfolded in a loosely related series f events but it lacked the tension and urgency I crave I pieced it all together early n and spent most Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance 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 itutCharacter In The Alchemist s Daughter Mary Lawrence brings the world f London 1543 to dark life It begins with the rats Rats may have been numerous than people in that era As the story pens someone is collecting the vermin for an unseemly purposeBianca Goddard the main character lives a precarious existence a 16th century euivalent Love! Valour! Compassion! of living paycheck to paycheck She creates potions and salves to cure her customersf what ails them One Scream of her biggest customers runs a housef 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 Kumiko and the Dragon 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 mysteryf her friend s death Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion or face the gallows herselfAs the story unfolds Bianca goes deeper into London s underworld and discovers the secretf the rat collector She s accused The Purpose of Creation of witchcraft and ends up in a place none 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 In the year 1543 f King Henry VIII’s turbulent reign the daughter f a notorious alchemist finds herself suspected f cold blooded murder Bianca Goddard employs her knowledge f herbs and medicinal plants to concoct remedies for the disease riddled poor in. ,