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The Book of Lost Fragrances

A Novel of Suspense

by M. J. Rose

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The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2012
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra - and lost for 2,000 years. 

Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances - and of her mother's suicide - she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing - leaving a dead body in his wake - Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.

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"Starred Review. "Deliciously sensual... Rose imbues her characters with rich internal lives in a complex plot that races to a satisfying finish." - Publishers Weekly

"Rose's fourth volume in the Reincarnationist series... smoothly blends historical events, compelling characters, and international intrigue into an absorbing and thrilling ride through the centuries." - Library Journal

"Although cynics would say that the convoluted plot is built on coincidence, Rose’s characters repeatedly preach that coincidence does not exist; maybe not, but here’s proof that claptrap does." - Kirkus

"Clever, with beguiling characters, a wonderful mixture of suspense and pace and good old fashioned storytelling." - New York Times Bestseller, Kate Mosse

"A simmering brew that mingles the erotic sensuality of Patrick Suskind's Perfume with the dark and timeless obsessions of Rider Haggard's classic, She. M.J. Rose has once again again dipped into the deep flask of history and brought those rich aromas of the past back to life through the eyes of Jac L'Etoile, a woman who has mastered the scent of conflict, passion and danger." - New York Times bestselling author Katherine Neville

"The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose is an amazing novel, an utterly engrossing thriller that weaves together reincarnation, ancient Egypt, international intrigue, and a lost book of fragrances. Elegantly written, with unforgettable characters and flawlessly realized international settings, here is a novel that will keep you up all night - and leave you with powerful feelings of revelation, wonder, and the infinitude of human possibility." - New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

"A bewitching brew of history and suspense, as well as a deeply felt love story that transcends time, The Book of Lost Fragrances had me spellbound from the very beginning, taking me from Ancient Egypt to Napoleonic France to the modern day. This is a book full of delicious surprises, superb research, and brilliantly drawn characters that will live on in your heart long after you turn the last page." - Anne Fortier, author of Juliet

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Intriguing mystery and characters and history together
This is the first book I read by MJ Rose and I truly enjoyed this from cover to cover. I loved the weaving of the stories with the contemporary characters that had continued centuries of family tradition in the perfumurie business.How fun and interesting to learn all that goes into creating the beautiful scents that we enjoy today; the historical aspects of the perfume business were enlightening. I have visited Paris before and loved being transported back there again. A very intriguing read and excellent mystery.

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M. J. Rose Author Biography

New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose's work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing ...

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