Alchemy: a story of perfect murder
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Alchemy: a story of perfect murder


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How far would YOU go to bring back a lost love?

"Alchemy" is an historical psychological tale of mystery, murder and suspense and reveals an extraordinary decade in the life of a talented, sweet young and innocent genius, as he transforms into a monster.

In Victorian London, England, close to the end of the 19th century, a young artist unravels what he believes to be the formula for immortality and raising the dead, prescribed in an ancient tome: Alchemy.

Just when he cracks the secret code for the final components of his elixir, his mistress and inspiration, dies. His life is devastated, his mind destroyed by drugs. He knows he has the power to revive her. But obtaining the last ingredients means resorting to murder, taking innocent lives.

He just has to decide whose.

His only surviving model, infatuated with this painter of her portrait, attends the trial of the century, where she finally learns someone got away with murder.

Based on a true story? Why don't you decide for yourself?

Title:Alchemy: a story of perfect murder
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:577 pages

    Alchemy: a story of perfect murder Reviews

  • Sue
    Jun 25, 2015

    I was contacted by the author to see if I would be interested in reading his debut historical murder/mystery literary novel ”Alchemy: A Story of Perfect Murder” by Chris James, in exchange for an ...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Apr 15, 2016

    A stunning debut novel! Don't even think of skipping past this one or adding it to a long list of books to be read, just read it. What a brilliant genre mash we have here to keep the reader well enter...

  • Jules
    May 26, 2015

    I bought Alchemy: A Story of Perfect Murder after seeing so many people say they loved it, and I'm pleased to report that I wasn’t disappointed.I didn’t find it particularly gory. I must be a hard...

  • Christine
    Aug 13, 2015

    Set in Victorian England, this is part historical horror, part mystery. It is a tale of Jacob Silver. We follow his trial in 1894, as he is accused of murder and grave robbing and then his life leadin...

  • Gary
    Jun 28, 2015

    I received a copy off the author Chris James in exchange for a frank and honest review.This is a Murder mystery that is very different to the majority of books that are on available and it made a welc...

  • Renita D'Silva
    May 18, 2015

    Wow! An absolutely amazing book. Spectacular. A real find. If I could give it ten stars I would. One of the best books I have read and I read a lot. I am grateful to the author for writing such a grip...

  • Angela DeSilva
    Nov 22, 2015

    Alchemy - The Story of Perfect Murder by Chris JamesThis is Chris James’ fabulous debut novel which is part one of a duology, which was released in 2/15. The second book is called Alchemy - Turning ...

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2015

    Alchemy:a story of perfect murder is the authors first novel though he has written many screenplays.The very first chapter in this book had me squirming in my seat due to the content. The story for me...

  • Angela DeSilva
    Jan 21, 2016

    I was pleasantly surprised after reading Alchemy: turning Silver to Gold: - an historical psychological mystery thriller by Chris James. After an excellent debut novel  Alchemy: A Story of Perfect Mu...

  • Kaye
    Nov 26, 2015

    Tips When Reading This Series:1. Read Book 1 first, not Book 2 but Book 1.2. FAIL NOT TO FOLLOW TIP NO.1.An enthralling series of mystery and suspense, and the things you can do in the name of love. A...

About Chris James

Chris   James

A former Murder Squad detective in the UK, now living in Mallorca in the Mediterranean, I am no stranger to murder and the macabre, having led many murder trials.TITLES:Debut novel: "Alchemy: a story of perfect murder" - Feb 2015.Sequel: "Alchemy: turning Silver to Gold" released 14 Dec 2015.What readers are saying:-"The suspense is powerful!""It's rare that I find a book that I just can't put dow