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Artifact (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Fans of Elizabeth Peters will adore following along with Jaya Jones and a cast of quirky characters as they pursue a fabled treasure."-- "Juliet Blackwell, author of the Art Lover's Mystery series"
"How wonderful to see a young, new writer who harks back to the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Artifact is witty, clever, and twisty... Do you like Agatha Christie? Elizabeth Peters? Then you're going to love Gigi Pandian."-- "Aaron Elkins, author of the Gideon Oliver series"
"Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious, and romantic."-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"
Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic.-- "RT Book Reviews" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous works, including the Accidental Alchemist Mystery series and several short stories. She is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. Gigi lives in the San Francisco bay area.
Allyson Ryan is an Earphones Award-winning voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She has extensive experience on stage and television. In New York, she acted in and directed more than thirty plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. She has also appeared as "Mom" in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00EAZAZX8
- Publisher : Henery Press; 2nd edition (August 6, 2013)
- Publication date : August 6, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3140 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1938383680
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,469 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is an excellent read and moves quickly with clever twists and turns. It establishes Jaya's bonafides, sets the stage, and off we go on quite a wild ride through Anglo-Indian history and a Scottish archeological dig! Through it all, Jaya keeps her cool (in the time-honored tradition of Amelia Peabody). Tying together the history with the plot development is ingeniously done and the characters are well-rounded, realistic, and believable. An excellent start to a series that now contains five books.
I loved this book. I wasn't sure going into it, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. Jaya is such a fresh character, and the supporting characters all are unique and well thought out. One of the other main characters, Lane, is very well written, but his past is a little hard to believe. The plot is a little hard to follow, because I did not know most of the history they were discussing, but the author does a great job of explaining it without info dumping on you. If you like adventure, mystery, romance, and humor, I recommend this book.
Those skills come in handy when she receives an antique ruby bracelet and a cryptic note from a former lover whose death was recently reported. She takes the bracelet to Lane Peters, a graduate assistant with expertise in Indian jewelry. Soon she and Lane are off to an archeological dig in Scotland to figure out where the artifact came from and who killed her former lover. But nothing is quite what it seems...
A fun read with colorful and interesting characters.
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It's ok, is the honest review. I'll get the parts I didn't like out of the way first - I didn't like the nods to Indiana Jones, noticeably the protagonist's name. Because of the fame and the high regard those movies are held in, I would think that any author would keep well away from referencing/homaging them for fear of unfavourable comparisons - as, frankly, I did. The mystery isn't particularly mysterious and is solved far too late and easily (trying not to give too much away) because of an extremely tenuous link made between two people who have nothing in common other than that they both look Indian. Pandian's writing of foreign characters veers too much towards cliche. An English character calls Jaya 'love' so many times I wanted to throw the book across the room. And of course he is called Rupert. Scottish characters hang around bars and wax lyrical about fairies. Jaya's Russian landlady is naturally a chain-smoking vodka-drinker. There's also the standard love-interest with a mysterious past which is very similar to Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss mysteries. This all makes this book feel extremely derivative and really should have been avoided. Also some of the location stuff seems out of date as well - I don't know when Pandian was last in Britain, but we've had digital TV and, thus more than five channels, for many many years now.
What I liked - Jaya Jones and her Indian heritage - she's an interesting character with an interesting background in a sea of Mary Sues. The Hindu Houdini was great. I loved the Mughal historical setting - there should really have been more of this. Pandian writes really well and the story is a decent untaxing read. I've got the second in the series and am looking forward to reading it.
Like Indiana Jones's younger sister, Jaya Jones is a brilliantly drawn character. This book seems reminiscent of Elizabeth Parker which is no bad thing.
I received an ARC from Negalley in exchange for an honest review.