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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Apothecary's Shop

Venal physicians and legitimate healers, unscrupulous relatives, mystics and apothecaries, wealthy nobility and the wretched poor, undertakers, Eastern merchants, African slave traders, each plays a role this ingeniously constructed mystery set in the busy and licentious trade port of Venice.

The Apothecary’s Shop (Mystery)
By Roberto Tiraboschi
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609454173
Price $14.40 (Paperback)
Price $8.69 (Kindle)
336 Pages
Rating 4-Stars

I was given a book by the publisher for an honest review. When a young girl of a noble Grimani family disappears, the family scribe, Edgardo goes in search of her. This is Venice of the 12the century, and Edgardo isn’t in the best of health. The investigation takes him and Dr. Abella to an occult apothecary where desperate patients seek questionable medical cures.

This was an interesting mystery that kept me turning the pages, but I must admit the time period held no interest for me. However, I highly recommend this for mystery fans the world over.

Tom Johnson

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