Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2012 Indie Next List.

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Top Ten Mystery/Thrillers Spring 2012


"Compelling... suspenseful tale. Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted". Associated Press

"Enthralling... A supple and elegant thriller...There is simply no more daring writer than MJ Rose, and her blisteringly original The Book of Lost Fragrance shows why." Providence Journal

"Provocative...a sweeping sense of romance and history." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A time-defying journey filled with passion and danger...A kaleidoscope of memorable characters and exotic locales. Elements of both thriller and paranormal romance dominate, and the insights Rose offers on the methods and science of perfumery throughout history add a fascinating top note." —

"Rose has entered another realm and written what is bound to be one of this year's best books." Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Rose's deliciously sensual novel of paranormal suspense smoothly melds a perfume-scented quest to protect an ancient artifact with an ages-spanning romance. Rose imbues her characters with rich internal lives in a complex plot that races to a satisfying finish." Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review

"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." New York Times bestselling author Katherine Neville

"a fascinating mystery with many twists and turns... combines intrigue with a touch of history and a lesson in the art of making exotic perfume, a bit of education mixed with the proverbial whodunit." The Free-Lance Star

"One of those rare novels that reminds us of the beauty and enormous complexity of the human soul. This novel is a marvelous discovery." —Bestseller, Javier Sierra

"Sweeping, heartbreaking and full of sumptuous detail..." RT Top Pick 4 1/2 stars

"Resonates with spirit, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, pain with joy. You'll find yourself questioning everything you believe—and wanting more." New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

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

"An amazing novel... utterly engrossing.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 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

"A spellbinding love story and historical novel of mystery, reincarnation, ancient Egypt. Rose's in-depth research about fragrance adds to the pleasure in what I think is her most exciting book yet. Being immersed in Rose's fictional world is one of those times when you don't want to come back to the real world." —Susan Wasson of Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

"Smoothly blends historical events, compelling characters, and international intrigue into an absorbing and thrilling ride through the centuries." Library Journal