Dimensions: 384 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in
Published: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451621302
ISBN - 13: 9781451621303
About the Book
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.
Read from the Book
The Book of Lost Fragrances One ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT, 1799 Giles L’Etoile was a master of scent, not a thief. He had never stolen anything but one woman’s heart, and she’d always said she’d given that willingly. But on this chilly Egyptian evening, as he descended the rickety ladder into the ancient tomb, each tentative footstep brought him closer to criminality. Preceding L’Etoile had been an explorer, an engineer, an architect, an artist, a cartographer, and, of course, the general himself—all the savants from Napoléon’s army of intellectuals and scientists now stealing into a sacred burial place that had remained untouched for thousands of years. The crypt had been discovered the day before by the explorer Emile Saurent and his team of Egyptian boys, who had stopped digging when they unearthed the sealed stone door. Now the twenty-nine-year-old Napoléon would have the privilege of being the first man to see what had lain lost and forgotten for millennia. It was no secret that he entertained dreams of conquering Egypt. But his grand ambitions went beyond military conquests. Under his aegis, Egypt’s history was being explored, studied and mapped. At the bottom of the ladder, L’Etoile joined the assembled party in a dimly lit vestibule. He sniffed and identified limestone and plaster dust, stale air and the workers’ body odor, and a hint of another scent almost too faint to take in. Four pink granite columns,
From the Publisher
A Secret Worth Dying For …
Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by visions of the past, her
earliest memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up
with as the heir to a storied French perfume company. These
worsened after her mother's suicide until she finally found a
doctor who helped her, teaching her to explore the mythological
symbolism in her visions and thus lessen their painful impact. This
ability led Jac to a wildly successful career as a mythologist,
television personality and author.
When her brother, Robbie-who's taken over the House of L'Etoile
from their father-contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the
family archives, she's skeptical. But when Robbie goes missing
before he can share the secret-leaving a dead body in his wake-Jac
is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.
Traveling back to Paris to investigate Robbie's disappearance, Jac
discovers that the secret is a mysterious scent developed in
Cleopatra's time. Could the rumors swirling be true? Can this
ancient perfume hold the power to unlock the ability to remember
past lives and conclusively prove reincarnation? If this possession
has the power to change the world, then it's not only worth living
for . . . it's worth killing for, too.
The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion and
suspense in an intoxicating web that moves from Cleopatra's
Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle
with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. This marvelous,
spellbinding novel mixes the sensory allure of Perfume
with the heartbreaking beauty of The Time Traveler's Wife,
coming to life as richly as our most wildly imagined dreams.
About the Author
M. J. Rose is the international bestselling author
of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The
Memorist, and The Hypnotist. She is a founding member
and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder
of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com.
"Enthralling. A supple and elegant thriller. There is simply
no more daring writer than MJ Rose, and her blisteringly original
[novel] shows why."