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  1. This is the fifth book in the series about Jem Flockhart, Apothecary. E S Thomson is female - should anybody need to know that - and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Jem Flockhart is female, has a mulberry wine birth mark on her face and is a lesbian. She also lives her life dressed and behaving as a man. Her father trained her to be an Apothocary and appearing male is the only way that this can be done (both of ther parents are now dead). Her partner in business and adventures is an architect called Will Quartermain whom she thinks doesn't know that she's female. The book is set in London in 1851 and Jem decides to redesign her physic garden, which is where she gets her herbs from, and in doing so unearths a 40 something year old skeleton. The police are not interested in this because it's so old but Jem has to find out and this leads to all sorts of adventures, murder and drug taking. The nightshade of the title is the so called deadly nightshade which is a very poisonous plant, Jem is an expert on poisons, Love this series, I always learn something about medicine and the atmosphere of 19th century London and this was no exception. Poison was the main topic of conversation and it was fascinating. The characters are well drawn, the plot well planned and the prose well written. I'm looking forward to finding out if there is going to be another in this series. Recommended.
  2. The fourth in the Jem Flockhart series. This time Jem is the only one who is convinced that something bad is going on in the new anatomy school being installed in the mansion next door to her physic garden. She pursues this feeling to the very end and we get a very nicely paced murder mystery, much in the way of surgery techniques with the emphasis on practicing on cadavers, and the sights and sounds of London. Very enjoyable indeed and recommended.
  3. This is the third novel in the Jem Flockhart series (the other two being Dark Asylum and Beloved Poison). The Blood is a ship sitting in the harbour and Jem and associate Will Quartermain are summoned by an old friend of Jem's to investigate the strange goings on on board The Blood. Flockhart is an apothecary and The Blood is now a hospital ship. The story takes place both on The Blood and on the dockside with evocative descriptions of Victorian London and dealing with the prejudices of the time. In this book we are treated to descriptions of opium dens as well as brothels and there are, of course, the murders. I very much enjoyed this book, it's easy to read and I did not guess the twist at the end.
  4. The second Jem Flockhart novel by E S Thomson, the first is Beloved Poison. This one is set in the same time period but the hospital has gone and everybody except the apothecary staff have moved to the local asylum. As with the first novel it's easy to read, Gothic, historical, there are two murders to solve and one attempted murder. Well written, believable characters and just the thing for dark nights when the TV is not great. Recommended.
  5. This is an easy to read book about an apothecary set in a Victorian hospital in London. It incorporates a hidden secret and there is a murder. I enjoyed this book because I like Gothic fiction and this has something of the Gothic about it and it's not often I read about apothecaries and victorian hospitals. The story is plausible, the writing good enough and the characters believable. Not your run of the mill novel set in the Victorian era Recommended.
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