The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence

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The Alchemist’s Daughter is the first book in the Bianca Goddard Mystery series by Mary Lawrence. It take place in London in 1543 during King Henry VIII and takes place among the commoners. Bianca uses the knowledge she received from her mother of herbs and medicinal plants and her father of alchemy to make remedies for the many diseases found in the slums of London. When her friend Jolyn comes to visit and dies in Bianca’s home, Bianca finds herself trying to prove her innocence using her knowledge. 

I found the look into the slums of London in 1543 really interesting and not a time period or people I have read much about. As this is the first book in a series I felt like I was just getting to know Bianca but wasn’t quite there yet. The story moved along well enough to keep me interested not only in this book but also in continuing the series. 

Huge warning!!!! Lots and lots of rats and not in a cute Ratatouille way. I was pretty creeped out in a few parts. 

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