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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Rowe is back, and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this follow-up to the Indie Next pick The Blackthorn Key, which was called a "spectacular debut" by Kirkus Reviews.

The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city's ultimate doom - until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Christopher's Blackthorn shop is chosen to prepare the remedy. But when an assassin threatens the apothecary's life, Christopher and his faithful friend, Tom, are back to hunting down the truth, risking their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.

And as the sickness strikes close to home, the stakes are higher than ever before.

©2016 Kevin Sands. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Wow, what a twist!

I really love the way these books are written. Not only is it history and mystery, it's true friendship in action and in the end finding family in the place that was there all along, just to close to see. Have to admit, there for a bit, I was afraid my kids had gotten themselves in a little too deep to dig out of....but, nope...Thank goodness!

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Brilliant book, great performance.

The author skillfully brings together science, chemistry, code-breaking and history in an accurate and relatable story. Well done...

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  • Carmela
  • walterboro , SC, USA
  • 09-01-17

good historical mystery

Set against the backdrop of the great plague, this book is basically a well crafter mystery. the reader is provided with enough clues to solve it. there are also a lot of loveble characters including Brigitte, the dove, and some very believable villains. great read with a bit of history thrown in.a