Bingo! The Pharmacist’s Wife by Vanessa Tait

It’s bingo Saturday once again – that rolled around fast! The square I’ve filled for this entry is:

A book set more than 100 years ago




The Pharmacist’s Wife is set during the Victorian era in Edinburgh and is a tale of addiction, vengeance and self-discovery.

The Pharmacist’s Wife is exactly my type of novel. Historical fiction set in the Victorian era with a creepy gothic undertone orbiting around an horrific abuse of power. All it was missing was the mental asylum, but the threat of it was there, so ticks all round! This story put me in mind of one of my all time favourite television series, Penny Dreadful, and it was thrilling to read a novel that harnessed that vibe so thoroughly.

It was a frightening read, much in the way stories of the past can be, that reflection upon society and the horrors that were commonplace within a given era. I loved this novel and highly recommend it.

Read my full review here.

This year I’m playing book bingo with Mrs B’s Book Reviews. On the first and third Saturday of each month, we’ll post our latest entry. We’re not telling each other in advance what we’re currently reading or what square we’ll be filling next; any coincidences are exactly that – and just add to the fun!

Follow our card below if you’d like to join in, and please let us know if you do so we can check out what you’re reading.

Now I’m off to check out what square Mrs B has marked off for this round. See you over there!


4 thoughts on “Bingo! The Pharmacist’s Wife by Vanessa Tait

  1. #Book Bingo 2018: ‘A book with a mystery’ – A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

    I’ve had my eye on Sue Grafton’s books for many years and a little while back at my local book fair I detected her first detective Kinsey Millhone book, naturally it came home with me, however, not until now have I had the chance to read it and it’s all due to the cool Book Bingo categories giving me the perfect opportunity to choose A is for Alibi, ‘a book with a mystery.’

    Upon hearing of Sue Grafton’s death I was a little hesitant to start her Kinsey Millhone series as the alphabet mystery installments concludes at ‘Y.’ I was told by quite a few readers that they are worth picking up anyway as Grafton is a wonderful writer, after finishing A is for Alibi I absolutely agree.

    Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone is a fabulous, interesting and down-to-earth protagonist, she kept me entertained throughout the book. I enjoyed how the mystery evolved a little at a time bringing many suspects into play which at times was a little hard to keep track of but nonetheless kept it interesting and I loved the way Kinsey’s mind worked in solving the murders.

    This gorgeous murder mystery story was fast paced and so enjoyable I plan on reading all the books in this series.

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