Timothy Schaffert’s sixth novel has so much going for it that it’s hard to pinpoint only a few reasons why you will love it, but let us try nonetheless ... It’s a thrill to be in Clem’s mind, to follow along as she sinks deeper and deeper into this mystery, as she worries about how to keep her loved ones safe ... With a healthy dose of romance, fashion and espionage and a glimpse of the lives of openly queer artists under Nazi occupation, The Perfume Thief is a reminder that Paris, even in the pages of a book, always makes for a great escape.
Schaffert concocts a memorable work that oozes atmosphere and originality ... The plot sometimes gets buried beneath all the descriptions, but it boasts beguiling characters who gain depth with each unveiled layer. Schaffert creates a lasting impression through his tribute to these unique artists, the “alchemists of the city’s very soul,” and their courageous and creatively daring methods of resistance.
Schaffert’s intoxicating blend of decadence and intrigue brings Nazi-occupied Paris vividly to life ... Schaffert’s evocation of Paris and its wartime demimonde is sensual and alluring ... This is a rich and rewarding tale, as original and unique as the handiwork of its eponymous character.