From USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian comes a modern tale of ancient intrigue
Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle—not to mention a master of French cuisine—and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past...until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.
A 2016 Lefty Award winner for Best LCC Regional Mystery
"This reviewer is eagerly anticipating more from this series, and a return of a cast more fun than an episode of Portlandia."—RT Book Reviews 1/2
"Pandian...launches a supernatural cozy series that hits high marks for a modern twist on an ancient practice. Amusing supporting characters and historical details solidify this engaging mystery."—Library Journal
"[A] lighthearted supernatural mystery...Pandian sets this series apart from other fluffy paranormal mysteries with Zoe's cute nonhuman sidekick and some mouthwatering vegan recipes."—Publishers Weekly
"A whimsical and charming supernatural mystery."—Mystery Scene
"What really makes this book stand out, however, is the originality...Pandian has managed to create an eccentric and charming cast of characters readers are going to want to spend more time with."—RT Book Reviews Online
"The Accidental Alchemist is a recipe for a great read. Gigi Pandian's pen never disappoints."—Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery Series
"Mysterious, captivating, and infused with the rich history of the Northwest...fantastic."—Portland Book Review
"A magical, whimsical cozy that will delight readers who enjoy Juliet Blackwell and Heather Weber mysteries!"—Avery Aames (aka Daryl Wood Gerber), author of the Chees Shop Mysteries
"Zoe and Dorian are my new favorite amateur-sleuth duo!" —Victoria Laurie, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers won't want to put this book down."—Vegetarian Journal
In this lighthearted supernatural mystery series launch, Zoe Faust heads to Portland, Ore., looking for a fresh start in a place where being different is okay even if you're not only a vegan and an herbalist but also 338 years old and a nonpracticing alchemist. Everything goes according to plan until the repairman who has come to remodel her fixer-upper is poisoned and stabbed on the stairs. Zoe becomes both prime suspect and chief detective. Aided by a living gargoyle and a 14-year-old thrill seeker, Zoe must discover who the real killer is before her secrets are revealed. Meanwhile, romance brews, as do so many other subplots that the story never acquires focus. Pandian (Pirate Vishnu) sets this series apart from other fluffy paranormal mysteries with Zoe's cute nonhuman sidekick and some mouthwatering vegan recipes.
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What a fun read. Loved the characters, especially Dorian. Can’t wait to read the next one.