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Aphrodesia (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

John Oehler

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“A sensually evocative thriller that satisfies and arouses. … Oehler is marvelously versed in the intricacies of perfume manufacturing and history; luckily for the reader, he’s also a compelling writer. In particular, the convincing sex scenes flow with the right balance of graphic language and tastefulness. … A brilliant, engaging twist on the traditional crime novel.” — Kirkus Reviews

"Occasionally, there will be a story with a theme so unique, its subject matter so brilliantly researched, and the writing so crisp, that the story literally sings. APHRODESIA is such a story. An outstanding read." - Robert Vaughan, Writers Hall of Fame

“This modern day mystery has it all -- deceit, murder, revenge … sexual frenzy” —Publishers Weekly


"A mystery like no other."

Eric Foster had a dream -- to become a master perfumer. While a student at the world's top perfume school, he creates an aphrodisiac fragrance of astonishing potency, the Holy Grail of the perfumer's art. His future seems assured. But when his creation is tied to an outbreak of passion-driven homicides, he becomes the NYPD's prime suspect, facing a charge of serial murder. Desperate to prove his innocence, Eric reluctantly teams up with Tanya Cole, a forensic chemist who seems born to exasperate him. Their quest takes them to Yemen and France and plunges them into the dark realms of organized crime, child labor, and Third World interrogation. Against increasingly violent adversaries, Eric's only advantage is his extraordinary sense of smell, and that of his rescued bloodhound, Daisy.

-- See book trailer under More About the Author.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 773 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 359 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1477680306
  • Verlag: CreateSpace (21. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009R8A77W
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #516.812 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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I've spent much of my life overseas, beginning in 1966 with two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. My time in the Himalayan kingdom immersed me in a culture of Hindu gods and Buddhist monks, gave me breathtaking opportunities to trek into the high mountains, and ignited my passion for foreign lands. On the last day of my service there, in a palace converted to a hotel, I married Dorothy Zeller, the lady who is still my wife.

After Nepal, Dorothy and I went to graduate school at UCLA, received Ph.D.'s in geology, and spent our next three years working in Australia. We traveled extensively by Land Cruiser through the harsh beauty of the Outback and, on occasion, spent hours winching or digging our vehicles out of "sticky" situations. Several Australian colleagues provided inspiration for characters in my books.

When we returned to the United States, we went to work for a major oil company, first in research, then in international exploration. The latter took me to about fifty countries and fueled my writing with quirky characters, exotic settings, and cultural contrasts.

Upon retiring from the oil business, Dorothy went to work at the Johnson Space Center where she studies Mars and is a member of the Science Team which analyzes data from the NASA's Curiosity rover. I took a different route and now devote myself to writing.

I've written three novels so far: APHRODESIA, PAPYRUS, and TEPUI.

APHRODESIA is a mystery/suspense novel centered on the world of perfumes. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (ABNA) competition and is my first novel to be published.

PAPYRUS is a thriller that ignites from the spark of discovering secret writing on Queen Tiye's last message to her youngest son, Tutankhamun. It was a semi-finalist in the 2009 ABNA competition and will be my next published book.

TEPUI is an adventure/thriller starring a burn-scarred botanist who treks into the remote Venezuelan highlands in search of a living fossil but finds something far more wondrous -- and dangerous. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2010 ABNA competition and won 1st Place in the 2004 Adult Genre Novel competition of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. It will be published in early 2013.

You can see more about each of these stories, including photographs and background details, at my website:

Readers will soon discover that I have an abiding love of animals, especially dogs. Daisy, a three-legged Bloodhound plays an important role in APHRODESIA. And Bentley, an Old English Sheepdog, adds humor to TEPUI. I have not yet reached the point that Dean Koontz has, where a dog is given its own point of view, but that might not be far off.

Besides animals, I have strong interests in art, history, and science, as well as a thirst for challenging experiences. Writing gives me a chance to combine all of these into page-turners that, I hope, will keep readers thinking long after they finish the final chapter.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought provoking and riveting. 29. November 2012
Von Ronald B. Moore - Veröffentlicht auf
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I recommend this book. John Oehler's attention to detail is remarkable and I found his insights into the perfume industry thought provoking and the characters well thought out.

It is really a treat to find a new up and coming author with so much talent. John Oehler's Aphrodesia is a fun read and I found it hard to put down. I look forward to John's next work, Papyrus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a pleasing read, lingers like a good fragrance 15. November 2012
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This is the book Dan Brown could have written, except this book is nuanced and not full of hype. With a reluctant hero that's more science geek than swashbuckler, Aphrodesia really swept me along. I totally bought this guy's special skills and passion for the perfume industry, and the backdrop was certainly interesting. Who knew that perfume was such a science or how primal scents can be?

The story follows Eric Foster, a perfume student who gets kicked out of a Paris "perfume college" (okay, it's more noteworthy than that) after being framed for theft of a hard-to-get ingredient. Turns out Eric has developed the perfect aphrodesiac, but his dreams are cut short by the expulsion. He moves to the US, gets a boring job, and is then pursued by the police after helping them investigate some murders. Turns out some crazy aphrodesiac found at all the murder scenes is causing violent behavior. Eric believes someone has copied his formula. The police think it's his.

Assisted by a plucky (and in my mind, very attractive) cop chemist named Tanya, Eric tries to get to the bottom of everything. The whole journey plays out in New York, Paris, and Yemen. I would have loved even more setting in Yemen.

I really enjoyed the writing, and it was clear the author carefully considered every word, almost like a perfumist trying to mix the perfect formulation. Although the book is billed as "sexual frenzy", I think it's sensual but rather tame. Frankly, I liked that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliantly Seductive 25. Oktober 2012
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Frankly, when I read the teaser quote, "This modern day mystery has it all - deceit, murder, revenge ... sexual frenzy," I felt compelled to challenge it. Then I read the book and I have to say the reviewer got it wrong - partially wrong, anyway. Yes, this book has all that, but it also has a brilliant concept brought to life by unconstrained, accessible yet powerfully descriptive writing. When John Oehler introduces a venue, be it the Palace of Versaille or a jail cell in Yemen, he transports us there. We suffer every blow and enjoy every tiny triumph right along with Eric, the focal character, as he frantically tries to extricate himself from a tangle of evidence indicating the aphrodisiac he created is responsible for an outbreak of erotic orgies turned deadly. A seductively engaging first novel - I can't wait to see if this writer is a one-book wonder or has an equally riveting idea queued up for an encore. If so, then John Oehler is destined to join the ranks of such bestselling authors as Dan Brown and Nelson DeMille.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An erotic rollercoaster 18. Oktober 2012
Von Stacey Keith, author of Stripped Down: A Naked Memoir - Veröffentlicht auf
I read a lot of fiction in this genre (mystery/suspense). Most of it moves briskly but rarely is it well written. This book is not only a page turner, it's a work of art, right up there with writers like Dennis Lehane. I loved the exotic locales and the fascinating tidbits about perfumery. The author does a better job of feeding us information about perfumes and scent than Dan Brown does with his sometimes clumsy mishandling of historical facts. Everything in Aphrodesia rang true to me. And again, the writing is beautiful--haunting even--but it never seemed to compromise the forward progression of the plot.

Plus, it's sexy as hell.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfume Thriller 17. März 2013
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In the flickering light of a hundred oil lamps, Balquees stood in her bath trying to conceal her anxiety from the servant girls washing her....
"We have come prepared, my queen."
Stepping forward, the vizier produced a golden flask from his robes."Provided you are willing to endure a rapture so powerful it could consume both of you in its fire."
"I am willing."
He hesitated. "Are you certain?"
Balquees held out her hand. "Give me the fragrance."

So begins Aphrodesia, a scented story by John Oehler. I can already see the movie starring a bronzed Katie Puckrick as Balquees, The Queen of Sheba. After such a portentous beginning I was so disappointed when the tale moved into the 21 century and stayed there. The disappointment lasted a chapter or two then I became fully engaged in the perfume action which moved like lightening from Versailles to New York, Yemen, Marseilles, Grasse, Nice, and Cap d'Ail.

Eric, a talented student of perfume making, perfects a perfume that acts as an aphrodisiac. His perfume formula, based on The Queen of Sheba's SOTN when she met King Solomon, is stolen along with a crucial ingredient. A plagiarised perfume is then launched with world wide commercial success. Unfortunately the copycat version enflames not just passion but murder which thankfully is not expressed in gory detail in the style of Süskind ("Perfume").

Top perfumery school ISIPCA, the Osmothèque, a perfume launch in a palace, police departments, forensic chemistry labs, an ingredient distillery, and a jail are meticulously described. This novel is extremely well researched and full of perfume knowledge and terms. The author has explored perfume and its associated industries for 29 years. His interest took him to the French perfume museum and repository, the Osmothèque where he meet Jean Kerléo, the founder and president. Prior to founding the museum Jean spent 30 years as the Master Perfumer for Jean Patou. This man became the inspiration for John's novel. John wanted to write a story that would honor the perfume profession. He has achieved this goal with considerable aplomb in his third novel. This fumey fiction is a thriller.
I wanted to be annoyed about the exotic and erotic typecasting of the Chinese Lesbian Flavourist but I couldn't be. Her character was so engaging and her razor sharp mind continuously moved the plot forward to a breathtaking climax, in a library. Aspects of human nature are explored as Abby, the Chinese Lesbian Flavourist, and Tanya, the forensic chemist assist Eric in finding the formula thief.

There are sensual scenes which are easy to skim if, like me, you prefer to make love rather than reading about it.

Hopefully John will complete the Queen of Sheba story in an upcoming novel.

One of the premises of the book is that

Great perfumes have always had one purpose: to seduce. - John Oehler

This makes absolute sense in terms of this novel. In real life, I disagree. I scent for personal pleasure and on some occasions to create atmosphere. But maybe is he is right because I am often seduced by the juice, the flacon, the notes, the perfumer and the story long before I have encountered it's sillage on another being.
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