He 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 nd but I was intensely frustrated with Bianca The attitudes of Lawrence s heroine struck me as anachronistic and I was frustrated by the depth of her scientific understanding which seemed to One Con Glory exceed the capacities of the day I was also annoyed with how irrelevant the story felt when all the details came to light I don t want to give anything away but Bianca Goddard and Jolyn Carmichael seemed removed from much of the drama and I couldn t help feeling they were minor characters in the affairLooking back the only aspect I truly appreciated was Lawrence s descriptions of life in under Henry VIII s rule This is not Gregory s glittering court or Mantel s political pit of vipers Bianca and her fellows live in London s rat infested streets and though I know the graphic descriptions wont appeal toveryone I personally applauded the author for daring to incorporate such vulgar realities into her narrativeThere are now three Bianca Goddard Mysteries and while I liked The Alchemist s Daughter well Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows enough I do not think I ll be continuing the series I ll certainly recommend it to fans of Tudorra fiction but personally I need a little meat in my mysteries and don t think I ll find it here The year 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 year 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 The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) era have deformities her friend Banes forxample has a useless arm and no thumb Two factors greatly increase this title s value to dudes 1 Vocab building Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, eg wherry purgative poniard anlacetc 2 Fantastic insults A Fairly Honourable Defeat eg piss sniffer puffed up prillywigtc Whereas some historical fiction bristles with self importance this novel schews it to xcellent Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue effect Anerie subplot involving a creepy rat The Man Without a Face eating boatman is captivating VERDICT The strong female character in this YA crossover with massive authenticity is just smartnough 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 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 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 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. The local constable is not so asily convincedTo clear her name and keep her neck free of the gallows Bianca must apply her knowledge of the healing arts to deduce xactly how her friend was murdered and by whom before she herself falls victim to a similar fa.
The Alchemist s Daughter is an Gone (Gone, 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 murder 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 what you get as a reader are details that arenough 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 Threads Of The Shroud enough to almost put me over thedge 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 All Seated on the Ground 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 you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the book ARC to review 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 Untitled. 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 andstablishments 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 njoyed 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 njoyed 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 colorful and the red herrings kept me guessing Lawrence delivered a tight plausible mystery and I Against All Odds enjoyed uncovering the clues and participating in Bianca sxperiments Bianca was a combination of bumbling absent minded professor and. 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 mploys her knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants to concoct remedies for the disease riddled poor in.
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 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 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 ra As the story opens someone is collecting the vermin for an unseemly purposeBianca Goddard the main character lives a precarious The DOS existence a 16th centuryuivalent 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 Against All Odds employed Jolyn isngaged in a relationship with a well to do gentleman and is about to Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism 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 of 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 andnds up in a place no one would Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils ever want to go Once shescapes she has to go back to that place again to prove her innocence and to prove what dark Payment Due events are happening in the London shipyardsThis is a well done mystery with plenty of twists and turns The language customs andvents are all authentic to the time proving the author did her research Bianca Goddard stands out as a woman ahead of her Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, era pursuing herbal studies and a career preferring to support herself rather than marry young This novel is a perfect choice for readers whonjoy 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 Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, exchange for an honest 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 veryasy read very different from the usual procedural type mystery making it The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, 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 sntirety please visit I picked up this book solely on 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 you love historical fiction please read this book I just wasn t in the mood for it at the timeMy Rating 25 stars 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 loosely related series of Turbulence events but it lacked the tension and urgency I crave I pieced it all togetherarly on and spent most of the book waiting for 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.
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