The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence. Published by Kensington

Bianca Goddard does what she can to help the poor and wretched inhabitants of 16th century London. Using her knowledge of plants and herbs, she prescribes remedies for ailments ranging from unwanted pregnancies to cures for hangovers. But when her best friend comes in complaining of stomach pains, Bianca’s cure seems to do more harm than good, as the woman dies almost immediately. Bianca believes the woman would have dies no matter what she had prescribed because she believes the woman was poisoned before she ever showed up on the healer’s doorstep. But now she must prove it, using her knowledge of the plants and herbs to find the real killer, before she is sent to the gallows.

Lawrence paints an incredibly vivid portrait of the past. It was hard to come back to the 21st century after reading this absorbing story

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