The Elusive Elixir
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 sea...more
Another aspect of the story that probably would have gotten real old r ...more
Zoe at times annoys me. For being so old, she can be incredibly naive and stupid. She's just far too trusting. A little more thought about basic human behaviour and most of the mess in this story would have been avoided. At least it made for entertaining read. ...more
Zoe, the protagonist of this cozy mystery, is an alchemist. Three hundred years ago, she accidentally found the elixir of life and made herself immortal. Since then, she’s tried to lead a quiet life and help as many people as she could with her healing herbs, infused with her magic, but life keeps throwing hurdles in her way.
This novel, #3 in the series about Zoe, starts with her visit to Paris. Some time ago, her friend, roomm ...more
This is an easy listen and such a fun story of a Gargoyle Dorian who must fight time and foes to prevent turning back to stone--permanently! His friends help him on this quest but his presence primarily affects his ...more
Story (4/5): Zoe goes back to Paris to track down some leads regarding Dorian’s condition and is hoping to hunt down the other living gargoyle. However, while she is there an old woman recognizes her and threatens her with legal action over the murder of Zoe’s lab assisstant from the 1940’s (Jasper). Zoe ends up having to flee back ...more
Zoe Faust is and alchemist, she uses plants and herbs to make healing elixirs. Her best friend is a gargoyle named Dorian who has come to life but now is inexplicably turing back into stone ...more
I'm pretty good at figuring out who the bad guy is. I totally didn't see it coming in this book. I really need to read these books slower, because I'm moving on to book 4 and five won't be out until later this year. (Or, we could convince Gigi to write faster.)
The author can really bring to life the personalities of gargoyles, teens, unaging alchemists and a police detective, and make it not only work? But it's enjoyable.
Part of what makes th ...more
The interlocking mysteries are masterfully created and the personal interactions are top notch. Also, there are recipes!
Pandian is a truly admirable mystery writer and manages the rare genre of cozy mystery fantasy with skill. ...more
The Third Accidental Alchemist Mystery
Shocking truths from the past are revealed as Zoe travels to France to hunt for a cure for Dorian who continues to turn into stone. As Zoe copes with these revelations upon her return to Portland, even more secrets are revealed and the dangers of not untrue alchemy prove deadly. Will Zoe be able to save Dorian without sacrificing herself, or anyone else? Will Max be able to accept all that Zoe is?
In this third book in the A ...more
The mystery in this story wasn't too hard to solve. This didn't bother me as the story contained so many more elements than mystery. The ...more
This book starts off with Zoe in Paris. She doesn't think she'll be recognized in such a big city but of course she is. That's how it always go isn't it- when you don't want to be seen, you see everyone under ...more
Ah...finally. The story develops, is focused and we get the read that we've been looking for through three volumes.
Zoe Faust is a 300 year old alchemist. Her specialty is creating potions of healing, But all her knowledge and years of experience aren't helping her heal her good friend Dorian. Dorian is a living gargoyle, but he is slowly converting back to stone and Zoe is his only hope or he'll be alive but trapped in hi ...more
Reading in chronological order advantageous.
In A Nutshell Zoe a vegan alchemist sets out to save her best friend from lock-in syndrome. Fantasy writing that captures the heart and tickles the ribs. Good read.
The Protagonist: Pick your protagonists. Zoe Faust, a nearly 200-year-old alchemist with naturally platinum hair. Or Dorian Robert-Houdin, a 3.5-foot gargoyle chef with a Poirot complex. Dorian is cute and funny although he is also capable of bei ...more
Number three in the series is darker than the first two, as it centers around the aspects of backward alchemy and the sacrifice required to go down that path. Oddly, not as much discussion of food and recipes as in previous entries in the series, considering Dorian has a new part-time gig as a chef for the blind man from #2. The reader finds Zoe Faust, a 300+-year-old alchemist, in Paris, scouring Notr ...more
This particular book was really rather extra implausible. Which is funny, considering the overarching premise is a 300-year old vegan alchemist trying to save a stone gargoyle who has been brought to life. But it was the international travel log ...more
As with this author's other stories, there is nonstop movement of a journey (metaphorically and otherwis ...more