The Masquerading Magician : Accidental Alchemist Mysteries

  • by Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by Julia Motyka
  • Series: Accidental Alchemist Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She'd much rather be gardening and exploring her new hometown of Portland, Oregon - but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn't able to unlock an unusual alchemy book's secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever.
When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland's past - and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.

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Good story but repeating past facts over and over felt like she was writing to someone with memory problems.

Good story but repeating past facts over and over felt like she was writing to someone with memory problems. I had to stop listening from the annoyance a few times before I finished the book.
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- Helen Eagen

Performance - great. Story, good concept needs better execution.

The issues I have with this series (and writer) are these:

1. She constantly restates what has already been said, sometimes even in the same or adjoining chapter. This includes the continual harping on her dying friend, restating over and over about Max, her brother, Ambrose and so on.

2. Zoe is 300+ years old, if she spent that much time in her head regretting her past - she'd be in a psych ward somewhere - or would have killed herself.

Having said that- when you make it past those points, this book got better than the last for the plot. There we're times in the first book that circumstances were really forced and there were far too many conveniences. Good job on the improvement.

Also, is there a more charming character than Dorian (sure, impetuous and sometimes immature for being 150 - but hey - no gargoyle is perfect right?), who just flat out saves Zoe from herself, and us from her character (and tendency) of being overly retrospect? Seriously.

A good next novel, looking forward to the improvements continuing - and loved the Poirot references :)
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- P. J. Zannini

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios