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Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life.

©2017 Gigi Pandian (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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The best of the series!

If you are new to this series: go to book 1 and start there! You will otherwise be very confused. This series is meant to be read in order.
With that being said, this was the BEST book of the series. Things really came full circle in many ways, we get answers for old questions & meet a new cast of characters who play a huge role. Not everyone is how they seem, and I was constantly being surprised by what happened next.
The end of this book is very satisfying.. finally! There is some closure on things with Dorian, but it leaves the door open for more ... I hope there is a book 4!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I loved it

I can't say what I want because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't listened yet. this is a really good series. Kept all of us interested. can't wait to see the movie hint hint

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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much better than the 2nd one

it was over before i knew it! can't wait for the next one. enjoyed it.

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  • P S.
  • Delaware United States
  • 06-12-17

Delightful Series

Not sure how I found this series but glad I did. Fun original story. I hope there are more. Going to check out authors other works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heartwarming Mystery

The trilogy of the three books are so good. I hated for it to end. The story of an alchemist and a gargoyle left me wanting more. Being based in my former hometown of Portland, OR was pretty accurate with the descriptions of the area. mare me a bit homesick.

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  • Jo
  • 06-09-17

I loved this series

I loved this series. Just the right amount of suspense, mystery, and a little humor. A great listen!

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  • Vorthe
  • Audubon, NJ, United States
  • 06-09-17

A satisfying end to the trilogy.

Julia Matyka did a brilliant job, as always. The death cycle of "Not Untrue Alchemy" comes to a satisfying conclusion, and the fate of everyone's favorite gargoyle is resolved.

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love this fun series!

I sincerely hope there is another installment coming. This is one of my favorite series to get out if my own mind space for a grand adventure.

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Lovable

I love this entire series! The narrator has such a kind and relatable demeanor! Not to mention that it is impossible not to fall in love with this adorable hilarious gargoyle!!!

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I’m quite fond of the gargoyle, but...

The “sidekick” character, a gargoyle, is engaging and perfectly read by the narrator. The protagonist has an annoying tendency towards false modesty and a serious lack of insight. The author sidesteps challenges presented by her plot missing opportunities for her protagonist to mature. Frustrating read.

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  • Lerae
  • 05-10-17

So disappointing

What disappointed you about The Elusive Elixir?

Like many subsequent novels in a series (and here I'm thinking specifically of Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series and Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books), the charm, originality and humour of the first book decreases with each new installment. I was disappointed with the second books in each of these series but hoped for a return to form in the third. Sadly, this optimism was not rewarded. In the case of The Elusive Elixer, much of the book consisted of the main character's (Zoe Faust) internal monologue. I thought Gigi Pandian was literally losing the plot with the second book but this third book is just so boring. Isn't one of the most basic rules of writing fiction that the author must show, not simply tell? Also, the repetition of information and explanations (for example, Zoe's diet and her inability to stay up late) was grating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gigi Pandian again?

Not sure. Not in this series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was fine per se, but the fact that so much of the book comprised the thoughts of the main character meant it was in that character's voice for long periods - very boring and monotonous.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No