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Death at St. Vedast

(Bianca Goddard Mysteries #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  55 reviews
During the tempestuous reign of Henry VIII, London alchemist Bianca Goddard has seen up close what keeps a man alive and what can kill him. A good thing, for she will need all her knowledge to keep a friend away from the gallows . . .

Bianca and her husband John are delighted to share in the glad fortune of their friend, Boisvert, the silversmith, who is to wed Odile, the
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Published January 1st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published December 27th 2016)
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Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is such a fascinating series and makes more sense when read in order. Lawrence has a wonderfully descriptive writing style that truly brings the Tudor period of England to life. Bianca is an interesting and engaging character who finds herself m in unique situations. If you are a fan of historical fiction , this is a wonderful series to explore.
Mary Lawrence
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
When Boisvert the silversmith is accused of poisoning his wealthy bride, Bianca must uncover a connection between a series of deaths at St. Vedast Church involving three powerful London guilds, before more victims succumb to a murderer’s twisted plan for redemption and their friend is hanged at the gallows.

Book 3 in the Bianca Goddard Mysteries, takes us to Foster Lane where three prominent London Guilds are located. Out of her usual environs and unable to use her room of Medicinals and Physick
A historical mystery series set in Tudor England with all the accuracy that Philippa Gregory ignores. Here is a link to my review: ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington books for the perusal of Death At St. Vedast. I could not!!! put this book down; it was absolutely captivating, and exactly the subject matter and kind of read i LOVE!!! This is a must read for anyone who loves or feels an affinity toward the Tudor era in England. All history buffs, Take note..It's a must read!! ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I used to believe that books publish from small publishers were not as good as from mainstream publishers. Series like this have drastically changed that view. The characters are well written, the action moves along, the plot is interesting and the whole story just pulls you in. I would strongly recommend this book to any who like mysteries or historical fiction.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To be completely honest with you this is the kind of series that you're sorry when it ends and you can't just keep reading- You relate to the characters or well, aspire to be like them. Being the third book of the series you feel invested in Bianca, John & Meddybumps, even Hobs. You're friends at this point and are simply traveling with them quietly- it's a complex puzzle you watch unfold.

Mary Lawrence pulls you into medieval London and leads you through the streets. She makes you feel what it
Annemarie Macken
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable murder mystery set in Tudor times, with the amateur sleuth/female alchemist, Bianca Goddard becoming embroiled in yet another set of local murders to solve. This is the third in the series and follows mysterious deaths which seem to hint at some kind of poisoning, whilst also involving the church, nursery rhymes and communion bread - this is an enigma that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The series has followed the adventures and mishaps of Bianca Goddard, a likeable and c
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Untimely and strange deaths!

Another complex sixteenth century murder mystery with alchemist Bianca Goddard at the forefront.
A pregnant woman flings herself from a church steeple, a wealthy widow suddenly becomes contorted and unable to control her limbs. The church at St. Verdast seems to have a malignant miasma surrounding it.
Bianca's husband John has moved up in the world and needs to reside in London near St. Verdast John's friend, silversmith Boisvert who is to marry Odile, the wealthy widow
Kathy Jund
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars!! Book 3 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series!
December 1543, and the world looks different to Bianca from Foster Lane, home of citizens above her station. But the love for her husband and the opportunity to aid in his future acceptance to the Goldsmith Guild (along with upgraded rental courtesy of John's master), has her reluctantly leaving Gull Hole. For now her practice and home business in Medicinals and Physickes has been put on hold, it would be difficult to hide the scent of her
Because Bianca is an amateur sleuth, I place this in the cozy mystery category as well as historical fiction. I believe readers of each genre will be intrigued. Bianca and her husband are moved to improved circumstances, a major change for her as she is sure she does not want to be like the more gentrified class.
From the moment they arrive, and discover the scene of the first scandalous death, Bianca notices and sticks her nose into each suspicious circumstance. Are the deaths connected? Who has
Pamela Shropshire
I really enjoyed this latest installment to the Bianca Goddard series. John’s boss, Boisvert, is getting married and he is letting John and Bianca live in his rooms at his silversmithing shop. Bianca is unhappy because she cannot do her often foul-smelling experiments without offending her neighbors. Even more significantly, she risks being accused of witchcraft.

John and Bianca haven’t even moved into their new home when Bianca learns of a mysterious death at a nearby church, known as St. Vedast
nikkia neil
Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.

Bianca and her husband go thru so many changes this book, and it brings Bianca new challenges. I missed her alchemical studies, but she won't be letting that go for long. The mystery in this story lets us learn a lot about the time period and it's peculiarities. Can't wait for the next mystery and more about the Rat man too.

Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
A Bianca Goddard Mystery Bk #3 - 3.5 stars...

The Bianca Goddard series is a historical fiction mystery series featuring alchemist/herbalist, Bianca Goddard and her husband John, who's training to become a Silversmith. Bianca mixes physiques and salves which her streetseller friend, Meddybemps, then sells for her.

In the beginning of this third installment, Bianca and John are moving above the Silversmith shop because his master, Boisvert, is getting married. For Bianca this means she can't condu
Nancy Goldberg Wilks
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bianca Goddard is back! Her adventures continue in Mary Lawrence’s latest book, Death At St. Vedast, available December 27, 2016.

Mary Lawrence’s Bianca Goddard Mystery series are Historical Fiction set in Tudor England. We first met Bianca in The Alchemist’s Daughter (reviewed March 24, 2015) and were reunited with her in The Death of An Alchemist (reviewed January 4, 2016). Death At St. Vedast is Lawrence’s third installment in the series.

Bianca Goddard is the Alchemist’s daughter. She creat
Mary Lawrence never fails to intrigue and set a wonderful sense of place and time in her stories, and as Bianca has grown and developed in her detecting, the feel of Tudor England gains in stature and redolence. In this story, Bianca and John’s good friend Boisvert, the silversmith is to marry, and marry well, the widow of a goldsmith Odile. Plans are being made, good tidings abound and everyone is excited for the upcoming wedding at St. Vedast, until a young pregnant woman is found dead. As the ...more
Stephanie Kline
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel - the third in the "Bianca Goddard Mystery" series - wound down the trilogy of alchemy, medicinals, and murder mysteries of Tudor England. In this novel, just as the other two, I'm most impressed by the author's knowledge of this lesser-seen world in Tudor fiction, and I love the way she developed stories that provided a darker, more medical side of the history we love. There were no court scenes, no swooning ladies, no booming King Henry VIII. In fact, this book, out of all three, ma ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
A very good read. I read the first book in this series and I liked this one even more. The pacing was quick and the mystery was nicely woven into the history. Bianca is a great character.
Linda Stevens
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At the start of Death at St. Vedast, set in London in 1543, Bianca Goddard and her husband John are moving their possessions from Southwark to London. Boisvert, the silversmith to whom John is apprenticed, is marrying Odile, a wealthy widow, and will live in her home. Bianca and John are to stay, rent free, in Boisvert’s current workshop/residence close by St. Vedast Church. This move is not an unmixed blessing for Bianca. She is a healer by profession. With this move she has lost the space to c ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read an Advance Readers Copy of this book from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

I'm a sucker for anything set during the reign of Henry VIII and also a big mystery fan. So, I was instantly drawn to the Bianca Goddard series.

Death at St Vedast is the 3rd book in the series by Mary Lawrence. The two prior books, The Alchemist's Daughter and Death of an Alchemist, give the background of Goddard's early life with her alchemist fa
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy, which in no way affected my review)

In "Death at St. Vedast" Bianca and her husband John have moved from her sordid room where she practiced her Physicks and other experiments, into better digs near the home of John's manager, Boisvert, who is wedding the love of his life, Odile. But things aren't necessarily better on the better side of town! First, a young woman, pregnant and barely clothes, runs through the night to climb the bell tower of St. Ver
Andrea Jones
The Butcher, the Baker, the mystery-maker…

The “Queen Moon” is cold and distant, but not so the characters of Mary Lawrence’s “Death at St. Vedast.” In this third book of the Bianca Goddard Mysteries, Lawrence bestows life on her people with a mix of grimness, wit, and whimsy.

Intrigued by mysterious deaths, alchemist’s daughter Bianca Goddard applies her own brew of science in a superstitious era, seeking reason in unreasonable crimes. Set in the frightening time of Henry VIII, Lawrence’s new boo
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Death at St. Vedast is the third book in the Bianca Goddard Mystery series by Mary Lawrence. When people start behaving in really strange ways and then dying, Bianca investigates to see what is causing these strange behaviors. When Bianca’s husband John’s employer Boisvert, is accused of giving his new wife poison which causes her to act strangely and then die, John becomes involved in helping Bianca. Bianca and John are soon investigating St. Vedast, a nearby village and various Guilds.

This wa
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read #1 and #2, so the Rat Man is a mystery to me; I'm not sure he is really alive and not just a ghost. But #4 per the author's note to the reader will explain all--if I am understanding her correctly. Redemption is the theme of this series so far--and I like the idea that this series is more than just a historical mystery.

That said, in other respects there was no need for me to read #1 and #2--though i shall to be sure. The plot and relationships of the characters are perfectly clear
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't thrilled or impressed, I found the book to be rather dull and flat. None of the characters came to life for me, the story itself becoming rather convoluted and disjointed before rounding out to a rather overly complicated finish. The pacing was also ponderous, it took me a while to really get a feel for the story and while it kept going and I felt intrigued, I never felt involved or even rather invested. I liked the premise, but Bianca had no personality. Neither did John. The story and ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting theme for a murder mystery with a strong female heroine, who happens to be an alchemist, to take place in the 16th century England during the reign of Henry VIII. By looking at the detailed historical information in the book, it seems like the author did a lot of research to be able to describe this specific time period correctly. I liked the story flow, the character development, historical details about the time period, but I find the way Bianca, a poor working class woman, ...more
The language was a jumble of modern, made up, and historical as told by the author in the end blurb. I don’t know anything about the period but literacy seemed a long shot for some characters who read labels for Bianca. It had the typical normally intelligent heroine gets in over her head because of ill planned actions -needs to be rescued by romantic partner. The filth theme mud, muck, bawdy jokes, sexual acts, was consistent throughout, but as always, I could have done without the latter. An o ...more
Tawnya Dunlap
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this story was set in London during the 1500s.

It was hard to put down. It gets to be a real page turner.

Excitement. Adventure. Violence. Death.

I didnt realize at first, until maybe half way through the book or longer that there are two other books before this one. Youre able to follow along still and youre not confused.

If you want the back story on the main character then yes. Read the first two first. I normally like to start with book one.

Ill read them when i find them.
Vulcan rider
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imaginative and gripping medical thriller set in the 1500s. The pacing is spot-on and Lawrence creates characters unlike any other author I've read. Indeed, her writing style is quirky, unique, and snidely humorous. I always get through her mysteries within a day or two because I can't put the story down. You will be dumped onto the streets of Tudor London during Henry VIII's reign and you won't come back to the twenty first century until you finish the last page.
Amazing book!
This book has a good balance of being different from the other books in the series so far, and continuing the story line and several familiar elements. I believe it stands on its own as well. I found myself relating to the main characters in one scene or another, and pulling for their success and well being. As always, I learned a bit about history while reading it. I look forward to the next one.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at the Dollar Tree because I was out of books to read. This was a very interesting book and I liked it. I am sorry that I started with three as I think I missed some things. I plan to go back and read the other 2 before reading any further in the series.

I like to read about this time in history and how people got along with very little in the way of convenience.

I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.
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