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The Elusive Elixir (Paperback)
I always look forward to Gigi Pandian's "Accidental Alchemist" novels, so naturally I was thrilled to read The Elusive Elixir especially since at the end of The Masquerading Magician, our intrepid gargoyle, Dorian Robert-Houdin was in an increasingly bad way.
Zoe is determined in her quest to find a cure for Dorian's condition, and her search for the solution takes her to Paris. However, it hasn't been all that long since she was there - 1942 - so she's recognized. That throws her off her stride and the return of an old acquaintance really turns her around, leaving Zoe spinning helplessly as people around her find themselves in more and more danger.
The Elusive Elixir has a much more serious tone to it than the first two books, which caught me a bit by surprise. In this book, Gigi Pandian explores some of the more unsettling aspects of Zoe's past, and there's almost a sadness to certain parts of the book that bemused me a bit. But as always, Ms. Pandian weaves a fascinating story and infuses history along with her recipes into a wonderful concoction that is sure to please!
And I cannot wait to try out those recipes, I've gotta say. She's had me craving pasta through the whole book!
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.
"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
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian (El Cerrito, CA) is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, she now writes the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi's first novel was named a Best of 2012 Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine, and her fiction has been awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and Lefty Awards.