Congratulations to Mary Lawrence on her three-book deal with Kensington Books. The first book of the Bianca Goddard mystery series, The Alchemists Daughter, is set for release in May 2015. She’ll be working with chief editor, John Scognamiglio (the g’s are silent). Mary is a 2010 RWA® Golden Heart finalist and a Celtic Heart Golden Claddagh winner in historical fiction. Her nonfiction has been published in The Boston Book Review and Portland Monthly.
Plague always threatens Tudor London, but when a merchant ship arrives in port and is quickly quarantined, rumors and outbreaks of pestilence rapidly spread. Bianca, the daughter of an infamous alchemist, earns her living making medicines. When her friend seeks help for painful abdominal cramps and suddenly dies, Bianca is accused of murder. As she struggles to prove her innocence, she uncovers a connection between her friend’s wealthy suitor and the quarantined ship. Bianca must stay one step ahead of the constable as she pieces together the evidence that will ultimately acquit her of murder and prevent London from succumbing to the plague.
The second Mac McClellan mystery, Deadly Ruse, will be published by Seventh Street Books (an imprint of Prometheus) in Fall 2014. Deadly Catch will be available November 2013.