SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST
Minotaur Books (hardcover), October 2013, $25.99
Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2013, and Nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Best Historical Mysteries
Since losing his knighthood, Crispin Guest has earned his reputation as the Tracker, a private investigator who can locate everything, and everyone he is hired to find. When famed French alchemist Nicholas Flamel enlists him to locate both his missing wife Perenelle and his apprentice, Guest is confident that it will be a case quickly resolved. But after Flamel’s apprentice is found dead and a ransom note arrives threatening the life of Perenelle in exchange for the Philosopher’s Stone, a magical object that can change lead into gold, Guest quickly discovers that there is nothing ordinary about this case. Soon, strange, antiquated symbols begin appearing throughout the city and he learns he must decipher their hidden code to unearth the truth of secrets long buried.
Plunged into the dark, underground magic of alchemy and the treacherous world of English politics, Guest and his dedicated servant Jack, will have to unravel the mystery in order to find Perenelle and reveal the dangerous mastermind determined to wreak havoc throughout the city.
Shadow of the Alchemist is the intriguing sixth book in the Crispin Guest series. It was featured as a “Best of 2013 Selection” by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in the Mystery Suspense & Thriller category.
“This entertaining series featuring Crispin Guest never disappoints.” — Historical Novel Society Review
“Crispin Guest is our medieval James Bond. Bold, determined and oh-so-sexy, he has a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. In this latest outing, he plays a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse through the lethal streets of London, hunting down a terrifying secret to save a woman from unholy death. Lively action and heart-stopping suspense, twisting plot turns and a compelling cast of characters easily make this one of Jeri Westerson’s best books yet!” – C.W. Gortner, author of The Tudor Conspiracy
“Solid (storytelling)… close attention to period detail.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Inspired prose liberally laced with action.” –RT Book Reviews
“Westerson continues to provide unusual historical detail, offbeat characters and a well-integrated puzzle.” — Kirkus
“A taut historical thriller.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch