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Dark Alchemy: A Dr. Sylvia Strange Novel    by Sarah Lovett order for
Dark Alchemy
by Sarah Lovett
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Simon & Schuster, 2003 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I was lucky enough to spend a few days with a fairly new friend. Dr. Sylvia Strange - the protagonist in Sarah Lovett's novels. Dark Alchemy is the author's fifth episode featuring the profiler Dr. Strange. I had already read the first two and then skipped to this one, but should have just kept going in sequence to keep up with the doings of the wonderful characters in this series.

Dr. Strange and her sometimes sidekick Sweetheart (yes, that's his name) team together this time to profile a serial murderer - one who is using neurotoxins. The technical jargon is too much for me to understand but is necessary to slide one into the story. This one, like Lovett's others, is tightly written with characters that could be your next door neighbors. The suspense is almost too much and kept me up late at night to discover the culprit.

Travel with Sylvia (I can call her that now that I know her so well) from New Mexico to London and back into a world of subterfuge, death, traitors and spies. I can't think of a better way to spend my time.

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