In the newest Jana Bibi adventure, Jana, Mr. Ganguly, and the gang are back as their small town in India is baffled by an espionage mystery and a homemade remedy turns everyone’s thoughts towards love.
The Jolly Grant House still welcomes all its visitors with the sign Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes hanging proudly outside its front door. Jana’s fortune-telling has brought a lot of attention to the small town of Hamara Nagar, and now that the town is safe from the threat of being flooded by a government dam, all eyes are on the Scottish-born card-reader Jana and her feisty, loose-beaked parrot, Mr. Ganguly. Some people, though, are not to be trusted, and Mr. Ganguly finds himself at the center of a potential kidnapping that puts Jana and her household on edge.
Meanwhile, love is in the air and, thanks to Abinath’s Apothecary, it’s also in a bottle. Abinath has created Love Potion Number 10 (LPN10, for short) that has Jana asking herself, is a new love possible at age 59? If so, would she ever want to marry again? All around her she sees different kinds of connection—family, arranged marriages, even intercontinental romance between people who have only met through letters—so when an old flame arrives and rekindles long-forgotten feelings, Jana begins to wonder if Love Potion Number 10 might just be the magic elixir its inventor proclaims it is.
“Colorful, exuberant,” —Kirkus Review
“Climb straight out of your world and take a stroll to Hamara Nagar, a not quite discovered Himalayan hamlet in India in 1961, where the clock is always a couple of minutes behind the times. Miss Marple meets Paul Scott’s Staying On in this charming tale of adventure and intrigue.” — Nayana Currimbhoy, author of Miss Timmins’ School for Girls
“This whimsical and evocative book brings alive a landscape of vanished innocence…” Namita Gokhale, author of A Himalayan Love Story and Mountain Echoes; co-founder of the Jaipur Literature Festival
“Love Potion casts a magic spell that lingers long after the last line is read…” Pushpesh Pant, author of India: The Cookbook; retired Professor of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
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