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Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

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Jaya Jones, the product of an American father and Indian mother,

Jaya Jones, the product of an American father and Indian mother, is a professor whose area of expertise is the early foundations of British India, including the British East India Company. The same day she reads a newspaper article about the death of her former lover, R...
Jaya Jones, the product of an American father and Indian mother, is a professor whose area of expertise is the early foundations of British India, including the British East India Company. The same day she reads a newspaper article about the death of her former lover, Rupert, near a dig in Scotland, she receives a mysterious package from him containing a beautiful gold and ruby bracelet. The attached note, dated the day of his death, indicates he is sending this to her because she is the only one he trusts. In order to find out more information about the bracelet, she contacts Lane Peters, a graduate student with art history expertise. Suspecting the extreme monetary worth and historical value of the bracelet and the potential that there are more pieces in this set, as well as needing to know if Rupert really was murdered, Jaya makes plans to fly to England to consult the London Library for more information, and then travel to the Scottish dig. Lane asks to accompany her, also wanting to validate the bracelet's history and when her apartment is burglarized before they leave America, and then both are followed in London, they realize that this mystery now presents a very real danger to them. Will they be able to solve Rupert's murder and find the remainder of the missing treasure without becoming victims themselves? This story has several very colorful characters, as well as exciting settings. I enjoyed the educational insights into British and Indian histories that are given during the course of this adventure. I am looking forward to following this series for the next Jaya adventure.


posted by Kuzlin on October 29, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Gift of Jewels in the Mail

This book was fairly interesting. Our heroine gets some ruby jewelry in the mail, complete with dirt from an archeological dig. They are from her former boyfriend, who unfortunately as died--or has he? She goes from the US to Scotland to discover what is going on. A...
This book was fairly interesting. Our heroine gets some ruby jewelry in the mail, complete with dirt from an archeological dig. They are from her former boyfriend, who unfortunately as died--or has he? She goes from the US to Scotland to discover what is going on. Apparently, this is the first in a series. I might try another. A book group might be interested in reading this.

posted by otterly on March 11, 2014

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    A Gift of Jewels in the Mail

    This book was fairly interesting. Our heroine gets some ruby jewelry in the mail, complete with dirt from an archeological dig. They are from her former boyfriend, who unfortunately as died--or has he? She goes from the US to Scotland to discover what is going on. Apparently, this is the first in a series. I might try another. A book group might be interested in reading this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Historian Extraordinaire

    This debut featuring historian extrordinaire Dr. Jaya Jones could and should develop a great following. Artifact is a fun and informative introduction to a cast of characters as diverse as Dr. Jones is, and Pandian captures the quirks and distinctions with aplomb. Conversation is one of the most enjoyable features of this mystery as Pandian has a knack for dialogue and cadence that is charming without turning anyone into a caricature of their nationality. The romance is not overdone, and there is much to look forward to in future installments as we learn more about Lane, the love interest, and Jaya herself. The historical and archeological facts interspersed throughout made this most enjoyable and I can only hope this continues in the next adventure. And I will be reading the next adventure...

    This was a goodreads giveaway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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