Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose
Her father's business is about to go under and her brother, Robbie, is refusing to sell off signature fragrances. Jac has developed her own life, away from the fragrance line. And she likes it that way. But when Robbie goes missing and there is a dead man in his kitchen, she has no choice but to return to Paris and see if she can find him and find out what happened...
Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook to read for review (thank you). This book will be published on March 13th in hardcover form.
Ms. Jones writes a very detailed historical novel that includes several countries, myth and mystery, reincarnation and the Dali Lama. You learn about Cleopatra's garden and a special lost fragrance, you visit the past and live in the present, and there are several subplots all tied together. You won't be bored.
Since there is such detail, the story read a bit slow. If you like detail and like learning, there's plenty of opportunity for that. The tale is intriguing. So is Robbie's response to what he's found.
Why not visit the past and see how it connects to the present? You can also consider if you would have made the decisions that Jac and Robbie did.