Who wouldn't like to solve a hundred-year-old mystery and especially one that had to do with poisons that were used to kill unfaithful husbands or boyfriends.
Caroline came to London for a tenth anniversary celebration, but found out her husband had been having an affair so she came alone.
She didn’t want to follow through with her itinerary she was to have had with her husband and happened upon a man who suggested she go mudlarking with a group.
Mudlarking was done in the 1800’s as a means of survival by finding things washed up on the shore, but this group did it for fun.
Caroline finds a vial with a bear on it. Her curiosity as a historian had her searching for what the vial may have been used for and the place where a shop probably existed in 1791 that could have created remedies.
While Caroline is looking for clues, we flash back to 1791 and meet Nella who made remedies, actually poisons, for women who needed to be rid of their husbands. A young girl, Eliza, who came to the shop to have Nella make a potion for her mistress, took an interest in the shop.
Nella, Eliza, and Caroline collide virtually in present day through research and poisons.
THE LOST APOTHECARY is very clever, enjoyable, different, unique, and very well researched.
I loved the information about the maps of London and finding clues to how others lived and worked in past times.
History buffs, those who love solving years-old mysteries, and those who love Old London won’t want to miss this book.
ENJOY!! An amazing debut!! 5/5
This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida, with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. To learn more, visit slpenner.com.
Author website: https://www.sarahpenner.com/