Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries

Artifact (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #1)

When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. But she’s not the only one on the trail.

From San Francisco to the Highlands of Scotland, Jaya must evade a shadowy stalker as she follows hints from the hastily scrawled note to a remote archaeological dig. Helping her decipher the cryptic clues are her magician best friend, a devastatingly handsome art historian with something to hide, and a charming archaeologist running for his life. When a member of the dig’s crew is murdered, Jaya must figure out which of the scholars vying for her affections might be the love of her life—and which one is a killer.

I actually finally started this one today and finished it in two sittings. I love a good adventure story with more suspects than you could point a stick at - and this did not let me down. A bit slow in parts, the story finally picks ups speed in the last 10 chapters when all the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

The Hindi Houdini
In “The Hindi Houdini,” magician Sanjay Rai, aka The Hindi Houdini, solves a locked room mystery at the Napa Valley winery theater where he performs.

Nice little read featuring Sanjay, Jaya's best friend.

Pirate Vishnu 
A century-old treasure map of San Francisco's Barbary Coast. Sacred riches from India. Two murders, one hundred years apart. And a love triangle... Historian Jaya Jones has her work cut out for her.

Could Jaya's beloved uncle really be crook. Mysterious letters and a map lead Jaya to San Francisco and India in search of the truth, all the while the reader is firmly walking with Jaya. Nice use of the flash back story telling style.

Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a 90-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into France's colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.

A journey to Paris is not what it seems as Jaya finds herself in the middle of an audacious crime - as a hostage. Jaya and Lane are soon investigating, and the story is far from straight forward, with plot twists to keep you entertained.

Michelangelo's Ghost 
Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi PandianCan treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost? 

A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters… 

Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo’s Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date

Once more we are treated to a rich mix of fiction loosely based on fact, as Jaya Jones goes in search of the mysterious link between Mughal India and Renaissance Italy.

Atmospheric, entertaining, another enjoyable outing from Gigi Pandian. 

The Ninja's Illusion 
35485536A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed… 

Jaya Jones travels to Japan to solve an historical mystery at the heart of her visit, whilst at the same time support her best friend Sanjay, who is there to perform an exciting trick of illusion. Enter a murderous ninja, a controversial magician, sabotage, ancient folklore and once again mystery and history coalesce into an entertaining read.

The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn
An unsolved murder from the 1930s. 
A ghost story to explain the impossible crime. 
A dead man in the haunted library. 
And no way for the authorities to reach the survivors until the snowstorm clears…

The perfect lock-room mystery - the setting - a haunted library - what avid reader wouldn't find this story appealling!

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