Lily, a librarian with a bookmobile, arrives in the small California town of Nolan to help start a book club. Across the ocean in an Alsatian chateau, the ancient Book of Cures is stolen and surreptitiously travels to a California coast library, then on to Nolan. Suspicion swirls around the three lonely club members. Unaware of the theft, they secretly pursue their curiosity about classical erotica while sipping a strange tea infused with herbs grown in a gypsy garden. Mysterious events collide in a whirlwind of intrigue. A crime wave and a murder shake up the town, and the women fall deeper and deeper into a baffling puzzle of danger and death.
Many of my mystery book reviews are critical of any authors who interrupt the pace of a good sleuth to tell us all about their fantasy orgasms. This book, in spite of the title, is not one of those. The only criticism I can think of is that the narrator, with her light voice and pacing, doesn't convey the nastiness of the villains very well, but maybe I'd just as soon not be that aware of them. I really enjoyed this book, and the only murder victim that I really felt sorry about was the elderly Italian who was robbed and murdered early on. He needed to be robbed for the plot to work, but really didn't need to be murdered. That aside, I really seriously enjoyed this book so much that I think I'll listen again right now. It's that good.
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