The Alchemist's Illusion

The Alchemist's Illusion

by Gigi Pandian

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The Anthony Award-winning fourth book in the Accidental Alchemist Mystery Series by USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian.

A perilous painting leads Zoe Faust and Dorian Robert-Houdin on an alchemical adventure in Portland, Oregon, in search of Zoe's missing mentor—Nicolas Flamel.

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 Nicolas Flamel is missing. A mystery from 16th Century Prague may hold the key. Can Zoe find the art forger who holds the secret of what has become of her missing mentor?

Includes recipes!


Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Shortlisted for the G.P. Putnam's Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award

"The Alchemist's Illusion is filled with beauty... Pandian paints a lovely picture of relationships throughout the book's mystery of greed and violence."
New York Journal of Books

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

"Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject."
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Product Details

BN ID: 2940162764373
Publisher: Gargoyle Girl Productions
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Series: An Accidental Alchemist Mystery , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 73,070
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. She's the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India, and spent her childhood traveling around the world on their research trips. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a gargoyle who watches over the garden.

Gigi's novels have been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Agatha Christie. She writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, Quicksand, Michelangelo's Ghost, The Ninja's Illusion, and The Glass Thief), the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, The Elusive Elixir, and The Alchemist's Illusion), and locked-room mystery short stories (many are collected in The Cambodian Curse & Other Stories).

Her debut novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a Best of 2012 Debut by Suspense Magazine, and her mysteries have also been awarded the Anthony, Agatha, Rose, Lefty, and Derringer awards.

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