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Nominated for a 2020 Edgar Award (The G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award)

"Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages."—Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Agatha Award

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking—but one that proves far more dangerous.

Includes delicious vegan recipes!

Praise:

"Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject."—Foreword Reviews

"Pandian paints a lovely picture of relationships throughout the book's mystery of greed and violence."—New York Journal of Books

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Nominated for a 2020 Edgar Award (The G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award)

"Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages."—Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Agatha Award

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art...

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Nominated for a 2020 Edgar Award (The G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award)

"Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages."—Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today bestselling author and winner of the Agatha Award

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking—but one that proves far more dangerous.

Includes delicious vegan recipes!

Praise:

"Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject."—Foreword Reviews

"Pandian paints a lovely picture of relationships throughout the book's mystery of greed and violence."—New York Journal of Books

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        Zoe Faust may be centuries old, but she's tired of running. She feels she's found a home in Portland, OR, where she lives with her best friend Dorian, a French gargoyle who is also a chef. While he bakes for a small tea shop, Zoe gardens and cooks, using her knowledge of plants. But her peaceful life is disrupted when she spies a portrait in an art gallery and recognizes the subject as her mentor, another alchemist named Nicolas Flamel. A letter indicates that he may still be alive, caught in that painting. When the painting disappears, Zoe discovers it may be linked to an art forgery ring and the murder of a local artist. Zoe puts together a small team including Dorian and a trio of young teens who set out to rescue Nicolas and his wife. The latest intricately plotted mystery has an unconventional story line involving multiple time periods from 1597 to the present, and a large cast of quirky characters. VERDICT Readers unfamiliar with previous books in Pandian's series (The Elusive Elixir) may have a difficult time. Suggest for followers of the series or fans of Juliet Blackwell's "Witchcraft" mysteries.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

        Copyright 1 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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