- Series: A Bianca Goddard Mystery (Book 3)
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (December 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617737143
- ISBN-13: 978-1617737145
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death at St. Vedast (A Bianca Goddard Mystery) Paperback – December 27, 2016
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"Full of period details, Death at St. Vedast captures Tudor London in all its colorful, if noisome, splendor. A solid choice for Tudor and historical mystery fans."--Library Journal
"Lawrence's evident research is seamlessly woven into the telling of this tale, adding depth to the setting with both subtle references and detailed descriptions of place and time. The mystery itself is intriguingly complicated, and the pacing is perfect."--Reviewing the Evidence
"Dive into a truly fascinating and different world than what we usually see in Tudor fiction." --The Tudor Enthusiast
"Death at St. Vedast is an inventive continuation of the Bianca Goddard series..you can tell the author has at least one foot in that era. ...a page-turner for all who appreciate fiction set in early Renaissance England."--Mystery Maven
"If you're looking for a novel that is going to keep you up at night because you can't put the book down until you find out what happens next, then Death at St. Vedast is perfect!"--Historical Fiction Obsession
From the Author
The Bianca Goddard Mysteries are set during the twilight years of King Henry VIII's reign. The series is meant to entertain, to engage readers who might not usually pick up a piece of historical fiction. This is my vision of Tudor London; I merge elements of superstition with historical fact to create a feel for the era that echos the beliefs and conflicts of the day. If a reader enjoys immersive fiction then they ought to give the series a try. I don't write for everyone. I write for the intelligent reader who wants to escape to another time.
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Author Lawrence excels in describing life in Tudor London. For example this book has fascinating research regarding different tradesmen of the time. Her research is very informative and enlightening. I learn something every time I read one of her novels. I would encourage readers to visit author Lawrence's website for more details about her research.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was exciting. It has humor. Fans of the series need only to think of Meddybemps.
Death at St. Vedast is the third novel in this series. Because I so enjoy and appreciate Mary Lawrence's writing talent I am very much looking forward to book 4 to be published in 2018 and book 5 in 2019. Mary Lawrence is a very talented writer and I love her books.
Historical details are seamlessly woven, the atmosphere is so well done that you feel you are right there in the 16th C. The Bianca Goddard mysteries are unlike any other series I have read. No cookie cutter, formulaic writing here. Infused with just the right touch of humor and information, it is a quick, consuming read. Highly recommended.
Just as they near their destination, Bianca notices a crowd gathering at the church and stops to see the reason. An unknown woman is dead on the stones beneath the belfry. Bianca has a chance to examine the scene and the body before the constable and coroner arrive. The next night also by chance she meets a witness to the woman’s death who describes what he saw and heard. The woman, singing a nonsense verse, moving and behaving oddly, chose to climb the spire despite his pleas, as if trying to touch the moon. He watched helplessly as she lost her grip and fell.
Soon there is another sudden unexplained death preceded by bizarre symptoms and behaviors. Odile dies on her wedding day, at her marriage feast, succumbing after a series of apparent seizures. When Boisvert is arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of murder, Bianca seeks the cause of Odile’s death in order to secure his life and freedom.
Bianca’s investigation takes her and John into unfamiliar territory, as they venture out of London to the village of Dinmow, where reportedly several people had taken sick and died in a similar manner. Much is confirmed when Bianca returns to London to perform experiments on the rats she keeps for that purpose. The mysterious deaths are resolved at last through Bianca’s persistence and some good luck, and Boisvert is set free.
Part of Bianca’s appeal is her fearlessness. She is passionate in her pursuit of truth. Married to John, she values her independence, keeping her name and her vocation even while John might prefer it otherwise.
Mary Lawrence weaves a tale with many twists and turns, steeped in complex forces operating in Tudor England. Stresses among factions within the Bakers’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Church and the monarchy create a background for the story and play into the action. English nativism is seen in disrespect shown toward their French “stranger brothers”. Unsurprisingly, disrespect shown toward women is commonplace. The Glossary and the Author’s Note at the end are helpful in clarifying some terms and concepts particular to the period.
I found this work engaging and hope to see more of Bianca in the future.
I received a complimentary copy from the author.