The Accidental Alchemist is a light-hearted romp about an alchemist who survives the Salem witch trials and inadvertently makes herself immortal with her alchemical experiments.
After years of traveling, never staying long in one place lest someone realize she doesn't age, Zoe Faust arrives in Portland, Oregon where she has bought a house and hopes to make a home for the first time in years (and years).
To her chagrin, one of the first things she discovers when unpacking is...a gargoyle. And not just any gargoyle, but a living, talking gargoyle with the skills of a great chef.
Dorian Robert-Houdin desperately needs Zoe's help to translate an ancient text that will not only explain how he came into existence, but will help him continue to live, and there is an ever lessening time frame to save him.
Well, OK, Dorian is the reason to continue the book. He is the star, the most interesting character, and is quite most charming gargoyle-chef I've ever encountered.
But, of course, there is a murder, an attempted murder, some underground tunnels, a couple of kids (well, three), a handsome cop, and some delicious sounding recipes.
The book is a fluffy concoction, but between Dorian and the descriptions of food, I wouldn't have missed it. A souffle of a novel, all air and kitchen aroma and savoriness. The plot? I don't care, I love Dorian and would welcome him in my kitchen.
Read in Aug.; blog post scheduled for Dec. 17, 2014.
Paranormal/Mystery. Jan. 8, 2015. Print length: 360 pages.