Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / “Death at the Wedding Feast: John Rawlings, Apothecary” by Deryn Lake

Today’s featured book is Death at the Wedding Feast: John Rawlings, Apothecary by Deryn Lake.

"Death at the Wedding Feast" by Deryn Lake

“Death at the Wedding Feast” by Deryn Lake

Why I chose this book:

Set in 1768 and based upon an actual historical figure (apothecary John Rawlings). The death does not come until late in the story, but the foreshadowing is there provided by his psychic daughter’s prediction that a “horrible old woman in a brown dress and bonnet” lies in wait. Interestingly, the real Rawlings invented carbonated water, a feat woven in as part of the many historical tidbits in the book. If you like history, this is one of those books where you’ll learn something in the process of being entertained.

An Apothecary John Rawlings Georgian mystery – Apothecary John Rawlings has travelled to Devon to be by the side of his mistress, Elizabeth di Lorenzi, who is due to give birth to their child. Leaving his shop – and his new carbonated water business – in good hands, John is presented with a surprise on his arrival at Sidmouth Bay. While Elizabeth is recuperating, he learns that Lady Sidmouth’s daughter, Miranda, is to marry the elderly Earl of St Austell, who is fifty-four years her senior and has a cruel reputation. As the wedding day approaches, John feels increasingly uneasy, and before too long his worst forebodings are realized . . .

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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