• The Lost Gargoyle of Paris

  • An Accidental Alchemist Mystery Novella
  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (946 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A trip to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. An art heist. And a locked-room mystery.

Alchemist Zoe Faust and her impish gargoyle sidekick Dorian Robert-Houdin travel to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to investigate a mysterious discovery found in the wreckage of the tragic fire: a long-lost gargoyle illustration drawn by Victor Hugo himself.

When the work of art is stolen under impossible circumstances, Dorian must use his “little gray cells” — not to mention his culinary skills — to solve the crime and discover the true origins of where he came from.

Love armchair travel, Paris, and humorous mysteries? Don’t miss this Accidental Alchemist novella from USA Today bestselling and Anthony Award-winning author Gigi Pandian.

Includes delicious vegan recipes!

The Lost Gargoyle of Paris is an Accidental Alchemist Mystery novella and is less than half the length of the novels in the series. It stands alone, but if you want to hear more about Zoe, Dorian, and their misfit friends back in Portland, Oregon, check out The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, The Elusive Elixir, and The Alchemist's Illusion.

©2020 Gigi Pandian (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Simple plot but a lovely intro into French history.

Everyone should have a gargoyle for a best friend. Dorian is worth the whole book.

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Could've been so much better.

This story had so much promise, but lacked story development, character development and true clear purpose of story problem and antagonist. So much could be done with these ideas..food luck next time.

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Interesting history lesson, slight story

I enjoyed the historical tidbits about the Notre Dame cathedral, but the story was pretty slight. Excellent narrator.

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The Perfect Crime

Zoey proves, beyond a doubt, that she is an expert detective. I really enjoyed this adventure with Zoe and Dorian. Once again, Pandian wakes up the mind and the palate.

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The lost gargoyle of Paris

What a fun story! I just love the little gargoyle. this story was interesting while teaching us a little about the museum.

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  • 07-09-22

Series over-written, over-described, over-rated

The premise is great, I’d love these books if they were better written. The language is so prissy and un-natural, mundane things are over-described to an intolerable degree. The narrator speaks so carefully the natural cadence is gone and it sounds flat. There is little effort to make key ideas believable, or the main character interesting, she’s boring and predictable as can be. Zoe is supposed to be hundreds of years old, but seems shallow, immature and naive. Such a bummer, had potential.

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I love Dorian

This is an adorable novella mystery set in my favorite city, Paris...a little bittersweet with the focus on Notre-Dame after the fire...I just wish it were longer, a bit more developed. Very enjoyable nonetheless

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Such colorful characters! I want my own gargoyle !

Love these stories! Light, entertaining and the characters are so well written. You will fall in love with Dorian the animated gargoyle! So very French 🤣

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Too much background info

If you’ve read the first book in this series, don’t bother with this one. The first 20 chapters are just catching you up on the background of who Zoe and Dorian are, -their likes, dislikes, quirks and history together. I found it tedious by the time the mystery began to get interesting and then, voila! It was solved.

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Love Dorian

The story didn't have a definitive end. It built nicely then just dropped off. These books have been so wonderful.

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  • Jojo loebig
  • 11-11-21

good fun

I enjoyed this novella. It was funny and Dorian had me laughing as usual!

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  • K K Scott
  • 11-12-21

Better as a Novella

The novella length suits this series as the author doesn’t pad it out with repetition from previous books. The ending was a bit abrupt but not horribly so. Dorian is perhaps a better character than Zoe with all her whinging and introspection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-21

Loved it

These adventures with Zoe and gargoyle are brilliant very informative too about history, I have listend to each one in the series all have kept my attention and amused me too making me laugh at times brilliant author and narrator.

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  • nineteen68
  • 11-14-21

really enjoyed it

decent story, great narrator in Julia Motyka, and best of all, this came free with my subscription

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  • Ms J J Humphrey
  • 07-23-22

A bit "money for old rope"

I'd only bother with this if you're a big fan or unfamiliar with the series as there is A LOT of repetition of what we already know. The plot is tenuous, the villain obvious, and Zoe seems to have been dummed down some what to make it. just about, hang together. It was free for me and short so I finished it, but it was a struggle!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-22

Too short

Excellent story, very enjoyable but too short!!! And very well read by a good narrator, I shall be downloading the rest of the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-22

Great fun.

I love Dorian and Julia Motyka’s portrayal of the cheeky wee Gargoyle. A welcome short story after binging all the books in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

lovely 😍

this is my third book of Gigi Pandian and I really enjoy .Cant wait to get the next one.
The story of Zoe Faust and her companion gargoyle is rich in detail and fantasy.

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  • Kayleigh
  • 02-01-22

A great little side tale in the series

Still as enjoyable as one of the main books in the series! A nice, smaller read

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  • Ellen Spenceley
  • 01-17-22

Another Great Read

Gigi Pandian's exciting and informative writing, coupled with Julia Motyka's excellent voices for characters, make for great entertainment. Thank you.

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  • Fiona
  • 01-10-22

Superb

I am in quarantine, alone in a friends garden flat. My partner and kids at home. This was a wonderful journey. Hard not to fall in love with Dorian

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-20-22

wonderful

a good story with good characters. I am enjoying this series immensely. on to the next.

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  • Aroha
  • 04-16-22

Unexpected enjoyment

Decided to give this novella a listen without knowing the author and was pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyable storyline, I’ll definitely be listening to more from this author.

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  • mcrackar
  • 04-09-22

poor value

the audible business model strikes again. you are paying the same price as the main books in the series but only getting half the length and none of the character development

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-22

A Great Listen

A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the books by Gigi Pandian. Love the voice of the narrator, it added to the story.