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The Elusive Elixir
by Gigi Pandian


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Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it’s up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it’s up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own Elixir of Life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she’s had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a normal life. 

Praise:

"Pandian's imaginative third Accidental Alchemist mystery . . . will please those who like their cozies filled with magic."—Publishers Weekly

"The unbelievable premise is no problem given the inventive powers of Pandian."—Kirkus Reviews

"Pandian writes fun, light-hearted mysteries and is an expert at developing sympathetic characters, both major and minor."—Bustle

"A quirky, incredible series . . . The characters are immensely unique and the writing is A+, so you won't want to miss a word."—Suspense Magazine


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780738742366
  • ISBN-10: 0738742368
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 312
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds

Series: Accidental Alchemist Mystery #1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Pandians imaginative third Accidental Alchemist mystery (after 2016s The Masquerading Magician), 300-year-old alchemist Zoe Faust leaves her home in Portland, Ore., to search old haunts in Paris, in an effort to save her best friend, Dorian Robert-Houdin, a living gargoyle. The charming Dorian, who was originally brought to life through sloppy and impermanent backwards alchemy, is slowly reverting to stone. But before Zoe can learn anything to help Dorian, shes accosted by a woman who claims to have known her in Paris in 1945. To avoid being exposed, Zoe takes the first flight out of France. But someone follows her back to Portland. Theres at least one other victim of backward alchemy, and that someone will stop at nothing, not even murder, to remain alive. Too much backstory and unnecessary digression slow the action, but likable characters, fanciful creatures, paranormal doings, and a little romance will please those who like their cozies filled with magic. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Jan.)

 
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