When Zoe Faust settles in Portland, Oregon, she hopes for a normal life in her new hometown. The herbalist and reluctant alchemist has been wandering the world, living out of a trailer, and trying to escape her past. But as Zoe unpacks her boxes, she finds she has a stowaway -- a living, breathing, three-and-a-half foot gargoyle!
Dorian Robert-Houdin traveled from Paris in one of Zoe's crates so he could ask her to decipher a centuries-old text that explains how he was transformed from stone. Zoe isn't so sure she can help, but becomes involved after a murder victim is discovered on her front porch.
I really enjoyed this whimsical, supernatural cozy. If you're looking for something totally different, this should fill the bill. Recipes are also included and food plays a pivotal role in the book. Dorian, the gargoyle, was trained as a French chef and easily whips up gourmet goodies. His greatest challenge is creating dishes that conform to Zoe's vegan lifestyle. Even if you're not a vegan or vegetarian, the mouthwatering recipes could convert you.
Best of all, the second book in Zoe and Dorian's adventures is already available. The Masquerading Magician continues the magic of this unlikely sleuthing duo.