REVIEW: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner


This is absolutely the kind of book that makes writers jealous.  If you’re a writer, you finish this book and say, “That was excellent – I wish I could write something that awesome!”

The Lost Apothecary is a fast-pace read and will keep you up late trying to finish it before going to bed. The characters are well thought out, and the dual story line flows seamlessly – it will engage you, not confuse you!

I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery novels…and words like “apothecary”!

Back Cover Copy of The Lost Apothecary:

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

About Sarah Penner:

Sarah Penner is the author of The Lost Apothecary, her first novel. 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.

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