The Alchemical Detective

The Alchemical Detective

by Kirsten Weiss

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015683547
Publisher: Misterio Press
Publication date: 05/23/2012
Series: Riga Hayworth Witch Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,694
File size: 443 KB

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.
If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at

Feel free to follow her on Twitter or Bookbub, get in touch on Facebook, post a picture of this book to Instagram and tag her @kirstenweissauthor, or send her an email. She’ll answer you personally…which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.

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The Alchemical Detective: Book Two in the Riga Hayworth Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Alchemy changes one thing into another by the application of, perhaps, a little pressure, a little focus on an underlying reality, a little magic… But protagonist Riga has lost her magic (presumably in the first book of this series, since Alchemical Detective is the second). She’s hiding out near Lake Tahoe, testing the residue of her skills, talking to her stony friend, and hoping her wards will keep the bad guys out. Throw in an amply rich boyfriend, a niece who wants to pretend she can’t see ghosts, a monster in the lake, and a dead psychic, and the stage is set. Demons and tarot cards, murder, TV show and plot—it’s all in this fast-flowing urban fantasy, together with cool reminders that alchemy was not always considered evil (Martin Luther wrote “I like [it] well”), and all that can’t be explained isn’t always magic. There again, a lot that can’t be explained might be. And there might be a power beyond what Riga has known. Intriguing, with thoughtful introspection, rather odd math (hey, I can’t help looking at numbers), and a nice real-world/different world feel, it’s an enjoyable read with some curiously universal question of how much of ourselves we hide to be with others. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
This was a new author for me and I didnt know until after I got this book that it was #2 in a series. But I was still able to enjoy and get into the story even without reading the first (but i will be getting book This book was really really good and took me by surprise how it criss crossed different genres that had me smiling and enjoying how much research the author did to make this book come to life. And I must admit that there was a couple of "What the f....." moments.