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The Alchemical Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kirsten Weiss
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Book Description

Where Alchemy, Demons, and Good Wine Collide... with a Lake Monster Named Tessie.

A psychic has been murdered in an occult ceremony and the police pay a visit to Riga Hayworth, metaphysical detective. But this time, she’s not a consultant on the case. She’s a suspect.

There’s a storm on the horizon.

Riga’s lost her magic and has come to Lake Tahoe to recover and spend quality time with her new love. But life for Riga is never that simple. A psychic’s been murdered, and the police believe Riga has a connection to the crime.

They’re right.

And if that’s not enough, Riga is drafted as the host of a reality TV show about the local lake monster, and her niece is rejecting her metaphysical abilities. Juggling demons, daimons, and angry tarot card readers, Riga must catch a killer before she becomes the next target.

The Alchemical Detective is an urban fantasy exploring the world of alchemy and the imagination.

Books in the Riga Hayworth Series

  • Book 1: The Metaphysical Detective
  • Book 2: The Alchemical Detective
  • Book 3: The Shamanic Detective
  • Book 4: The Infernal Detective

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About the Author

Kirsten Weiss writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. After getting her MBA, Kirsten joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives. Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns, and hanging out at the local wine bar. Follow her on Twitter @RigaHayworth or on her blog at http://kirstenweiss.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Misterio Press; 1 edition (May 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085XCDL8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend This Book! July 3, 2012
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This was the first book I read in the series, so I have to go back and read the first one now, which I can't wait to do! But, it didn't matter. There was enough of past events woven through that I wasn't lost at all. This book was fabulous and took me totally by surprise. Riga Hayworth is a metaphysical detective that has lost her magic. Even without it, she's a force to be reckoned with. She takes a job offer hosting a reality show and investigating reports of Nessie being spotted in the area. At the same time, she uses this as a way to investigate the strange murders taking place. Oh, and did I mention her best friend is a gargoyle? Loved this! There is also a bit of romance with a handsome, powerful casino tycoon that becomes a mystery in itself.

The underlying themes of this book--magic, alchemy, the power of our imagination & the oneness of the universe--were done in such a way as to introduce the reader to these concepts without being heavy handed. And I'm looking forward to researching and learning more about the information the author gives us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved, loved this book!!! June 28, 2012
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Loved, loved, loved this book!!!
I rarely purchase Kindle books (much preferring the Free ones :-) but am very pleased to have spent the $$ on this one and I can hardly wait to read the next!!
Riga is an excellent character and believable as a reluctant witch with her acerbic wit and knack for getting into trouble!! And the character of the Gargoyle is sheer genius!!
Keep up the great writing!!!
A fan in Pennsylvania.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 12, 2012
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When a psychic turns up dead in Lake Tahoe, the police look to Riga Hayworth as a prime suspect.
If you like a little magic in your mysteries, you'll love this next installment to the Metaphysical Detective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth checking out the series March 8, 2014
By Pam M.
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Riga Hayworth used to have magical powers but lost them. She lives in a cabin with a living gargoyle named Brigitte and has a wealthy boyfriend who manages a casino. When local witches start getting murdered, Riga gets on the cops' radar. Then she & her niece are hired by a psychic network tv show to do a segment about the local lake monster & the story became stupid.

I started out loving the characters & the story so much, I couldn't wait to finish and buy the 1st installment in the series. I'm glad I waited. The story played out predictably and by the end I no longer cared about what had happened in Paris and how Riga got & lost her magical powers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Kirsten Weiss has just released her 3rd book, The Shamanic Detective. I have read her other two books, the Alchemical Detective and the Metaphysical Detective and loved them. I can't wait to get started on her latest, The Shamanic Detective. I admire her gutsy heroine, Riga Hayworth. We need more powerful heroine's like Riga. And Kirsten's understanding and working of alchemy and how she weaves it into the story is masterful. Mystery lovers, I encourage your to indulge your thrill of the deeper mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars some of my favorite paranormal concepts August 1, 2012
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I want my own gargoyle. How cool would that be? Riga, heroine in this book, has one. She is a metaphysical detective who has lost her magic and is a suspect in a murder investigation. Okay, so it would suck to have all those other issues, but having your own living, breathing, walking around gargoyle would still be cool.

This book combines some of my favorite paranormal concepts. It is definitely worth reading. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weiss gains my loyalty!!! March 19, 2013
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If you have read my review of "The Metaphysical Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery Novel) you will understand that I first found Kirsten Weiss through a Freebooksie.com offering of " The Shamanic Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery Novel). Ms. Weiss, by offering your book for free, you have gained yourself a loyal reader here. Thank you!

I gave "The Metaphysical Detective (A Riga Hayworth Paranormal Mystery Novel)" four stars. Reviews are, of course, subjective. The book was very good, but it didn't really "teach" me anything and it wasn't world moving, if that makes sense. With The Alchemical Detective: Book Two in the Riga Hayworth Series, I have moved that start rating up to five, for several reasons.

Most importantly, the research she put into the book, and proper usage of the materials, is exceptional. In my wide and varied background I have read widely about alchemy and its practitioners, and Kristin's usage of Jungian psychological processes, the science and psychology of alchemy and philosophy, Goetia and necromancy, as well as the works of Gregory of Nyssa and the writings of various alchemical philosophers totally drew in my attention and didn't allow me to put the book down until I came to the end. Her inclusion of the Emerald Tablet, or Tabula Smaragdina, is the first that I have seen of it's type in any other UF out there (if I am wrong, would someone please point me to the book(s)? Would love to read them!) Her use of the Tablet as a conduit for phase transition, and rebuilding of Riga's magics after the events of "Metaphysical" was handled delicately and in a way I didn't expect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably the last of the series I'll read
I really enjoyed the first book, so decided to get the second. Big disappointment. Predictable, too full of "romance" and by the end of this book I knew I didn't want to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Readhead13
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book in the Metaphysical Detective series
Loved it!
Published 3 months ago by Beaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Riga Redux
I discovered the Riga Hayworth books and read all 6 (that have been published to date) in a week. So yes, I'm a big fan of the series. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jack V. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed thoroughly. Just enough reality to be believable
Enjoyed thoroughly. Just enough reality to be believable! Tell the author and she will send me a copy of the first Alchemical Dectective. Book 1
Published 7 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars well written.
I have read one other book in the series but each book stands alone as well. Excellent writing & editing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I read this book first, so I have to go back to read the Metaphysical Detective next. The book reminded me of Jim Butcher's series, The Dresden Files, which I LOVED, so if you... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Julia Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Read my reviews on this series on the other books! This series is Fantastic! Thank you Kirsten this series is one of my favorites!
Published 20 months ago by Bonnie Halperin
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride!
I picked up this title as a freebie for my kindle and wow, what an introduction to this author's world! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karen Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I finished the first book and loved it. A combination of my two favorite genres, mystery and paranormal with a brushup on a few Greek gods. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ruth Blouse
5.0 out of 5 stars fast and suspenseful
This book is hard to put down till finished. Well written, hard to guess the true villain and a neat ending
Published 22 months ago by David J. Russell
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More About the Author

Kirsten Weiss grew up in San Mateo, California. After getting her MBA, she joined the Peace Corps, starting an international career that took her around the fringes of the defunct USSR and into the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

She writes paranormal mystery and suspense, blending her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of magic and mayhem.

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn't like, and her guilty pleasures are watching ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking good wine.

Follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, or on her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/metaphysicaldetective or at her blog at http://kirstenweiss.com.


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