The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
Reviewed by Marlyn Beebe.
Robbie hires Griffin North, an Egyptologist, to translate the hieroglyphics on some shards of pottery that Giles brought back from Egypt, hoping that they will provide a clue.
Psychiatrist Malachi Samuels believes in reincarnation and the controversial theory that knowing about past lives helps people avoid repeating mistakes they'd otherwise make over and over. He's part of a group that will do almost anything to acquire the L'Etoiled fabled scent, which will make regression infinitely easier.
Racing to find the formula before the creditors take over, Robbie disappears, leaving an unidentified man lying dead on the floor of his office. Where is Robbie? Is he a murderer? Who's the dead guy? What happened to the pieces of pottery:?
These are all questions that Jac must find answers to when she rushes home upon learning of her brother's disappearance.
There are a lot of threads in this book, and though they appear completely disconnected, they come together to form a brilliant and tightly woven story. The language is as lush and powerful as the scent that was created to accompany the book. (As one of those who pre-ordered the book through the publisher, I received a sample.)
M.J. Rose has researched all the different aspects of the plot thoroughly, and proves it in the Glossary at the end.
FTC Full Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.