There are a lot of things I should be doing right now. Probably least important on the list is figuring out which reptile these socks are reminding me of. So far, my Google searches have got it narrowed down to the Banded Gecko. The yarn (in case anyone wants sock that look like a Banded Gecko) is Patons Kroy Socks, colorway Buckthorn Stripes.
I like quirky cozy mysteries and The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian definitely delivers! Newly arrived in Portland, Oregon, Zoe Faust begins unpacking the crates of antiques she had shipped from her previous home in Paris and discovers something that definitely doesn't belong to her -- a walking, talking gargoyle who demands her help deciphering an old book. (And yes, that is a cooking whisk that Dorian is holding in the cover art.) Then the contractor she hired to repair her dilapidated new home is found dead on her porch.
I loved this one. The author weaves interesting details of Portland's history into the mystery and provides a convincing explanation for why the gargoyle exists and why he wound up on Zoe's doorstep.
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Disclosure - the publisher provided me with an ARC.