The Alchemist's Illusion

The Alchemist's Illusion

by Gigi Pandian

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Overview

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738753010
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Accidental Alchemist Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 183,951
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world on their research trips, and now lives outside San Francisco with her husband and a gargoyle who watches over the garden. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories.

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The Alchemist's Illusion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful next adventure to a fun series.Hope we get another.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy this author's work in both her series. She plans her plots well, develops her characters so they are interesting and engaging, and keeps the reader nicely entertained. This book adds a marvelous amount of material from the previous background. My only problem? I can't read it slowly and I'm done too quickly!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a captivating mystery that brings the richness of art and history to Portland THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION by Gigi Pandian The Fourth Accidental Alchemist Mystery A glimpse at a painting momentarily transports Zoe Faust to the past. Eyes never lie and Zoe knows that the man in the painting is none other than Nicolas Flamel. But how could that be as he'd never sit for a painting? With dawning realization that her mentor is imprisoned, Zoe will look for clues that lead her to look into a local painters death and recent art forgeries in Portland. Dorian, the gargoyle, and her old friend Tobias, will help Zoe discover the truth about the painting, the murder, and the future, as well as the past. Gigi Pandian seamlessly blends the past and the present as she tells the tale of Zoe Faust. In THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION we not only read about Zoe and the painting that triggers a link to her past, but the very past itself. We get to travel to the late 1500s and see the origins, not only of the painting, but the very mystery itself. I love not only the rich historical detail, but the melding of historical fact with fiction. I'm always delighted to read more about Dorian and was thrilled with his latest accomplishments and his appropriated crime solving techniques, along with his ability to make me drool with his cooking skills. I wish he could come and stay with me for a bit! But, as in real life, along with the humor, there's also the pathos. Zoe longs to put down roots and has started to do so in Portland, making a family of friends she's gathered. Indeed this family is the strength that supports everyone as they deal with this current mystery. As her relationship deepens with Max, she broaches the one thing she's been keeping from him. But what will be the ramifications of telling Max the truth about who she really is? THE ALCHEMIST'S ILLUSION is a captivating mystery that brings the richness of art and history to Portland, Oregon. An exquisitely plotted modern mystery filled with such unique characters make this novel stand out. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
KimBnAZ More than 1 year ago
What a fun and exciting ride through a lesson in history and alchemy. This was my first venture with Gigi Pandian, and it won’t be my last. I want to go back in time and find out how Zoe ended up in Portland, Oregon with Dorian, her gargoyle companion. I had no idea that alchemy was such a fascinating subject, but the magical world that Pandian has created is where I want to visit again and again. Zoe Faust finds herself in a bit of quandary when she sees a painting in a local gallery that represents her mentor Nicolas Flamel. She knows that Flamel had never allowed himself to be painted, so how on earth is she seeing a painting of him in a gallery? And where exactly is Nicolas? And why is the painting appearing to actually stare at her? This scene sets up the mystery that we are about to embark upon. Zoe is such a loveable character. With her white hair and optimistic outlook on life, she is someone that I would befriend in an instant. Her secretive history might be catching up to her however. Not to mention she is hiding a living gargoyle in her attic. How does she keep it all together with this kind of stuff going on in her life? Throw in a mysterious suicide of a local artist and you have a recipe for an enjoyable romp. Speaking of recipes, Pandian includes some of Dorian’s famous recipes at the end of the book. I am looking forward to trying these out. I am so happy to know that I can find other books about the long-lived alchemist Zoe to pick up. While there is a bit of mischief and mayhem in this book, it is not dark or gory at all. It is a fun mystery to enjoy.
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
Old paintings, forgers, murder, alchemists including Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, and a funny, loyal, eccentric French gargoyle chef named Dorian. Put them all together and you have an entertaining cozy mystery that is not to be missed! Really enjoyed this one which read well as a stand alone for me, but now I'm anxious to read the first three books of this series!
Tangen More than 1 year ago
urban-fantasy, suspense, alchemy, mystery, law-enforcement The story was great even though I didn't binge reread the earlier books! I think that it's a strength of the author that the reader is not disadvantaged by either not having reread prior books or even not ever having read them. But about this one, the publisher's blurb gives some idea of what to expect (other than the unexpected), but it's getting into the whole spirit of the author's imagination that makes it such a wonderful read. I've seen it mentioned that the books are for younger readers, but that is an inexact judgment. True, there is no graphic violence, erotica, or gratuitous use of the f bomb, but I think that they're great and I am retired from being a jail RN! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Midnight Ink via NetGalley. Thank you!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Zoe Faust is an alchemist. She has been around for several hundred years. She lives in Portland with best friend Dorian, a Gargoyle chef. Between gardening and working on her house, she spends time with her boyfriend, Max.  She is walking by an art gallery when she sees a painting of her ex mentor, Nicolas Flamel. She realizes that Nicolas Flamel has been imprisoned. Before she can talk to the artist, he has been killed and the painting stolen. Zoe also is seen wearing a necklace that the artist was wearing when he was killed. Is she now a suspect? Art forgery. hidden messages and a bad guy going down. I loved Zoe but Dorian is my favorite. Some recipes included. I received this book from Net Galley and Midnight Ink for a honest review. The opinions are my own.
PenKay More than 1 year ago
I have a certain fondness for this series I can’t really explain. I know that seems a weird thing to say, but to me it makes perfect sense. Anyway, this latest in the series finds Zoe trying to save her mentor who she thinks is hiding somewhere or has been kidnapped. In the middle of that, there has been a murder, and she is drawn into because the painting that has clues that might help her find mentor Nicholas is owned by the family of the victim. I do love all the characters in this book, especially Dorian. Who doesn’t love the fun gargoyle?! This one was, as always, well-written and interesting. I found a couple of the elements of the crime to be a little too coincidental and convoluted, but I could look past that. I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen next. I recommend this book and series! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
This book is now my favorite book in the series. I was tickled to read the name Lane Peters and am really hoping that Gigi has a proper crossover of Lane and maybe even Jaya from her Jaya Jones series. The new characters that were introduced in this book have me on the edge of my seat. I can hardly wait to see what is in store for these characters in the future books. I am looking forward to the audio-book being released on audible. I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.