The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

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In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret–She’s Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won’t rest until they’ve taken the magic that keeps her alive….
In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess’ malady, is the magic that might be able to save her…
As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee’s assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying

Jan Review

The Secrets of Life and Death is rich with historical fiction, mystery, urban fantasy, and magic. Rebecca Alexander created an intriguing, well-written novel that is unique and riveting. It could have been executed a bit better in certain aspects, and I found certain areas to be a bit dull or dragging, but overall I enjoyed this novel. The romance aspect seemed lacking, or even forced, but wasn’t a part of the premise that I was truthfully interested in. I was completely engrossed in the historic and urban fantasy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I just wasn’t left feeling much when I finished this book, truthfully.

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