Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

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"If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones." - Suspense Magazine

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 ...

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Overview

"If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones." - Suspense Magazine

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.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! ARTIFACT is the first book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series, named a Best of 2012 Mystery by Suspense Magazine. Be sure to watch for the next one, PIRATE VISHNU, coming February 2014.

"Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic." - 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews

"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, Edgar Award-Winning Author of the Gideon Oliver "Skeleton Detective" Mysteries

"Fans of Elizabeth Peters will adore following along with Jaya Jones and a cast of quirky characters as they pursue a fabled treasure." - New York Times Bestselling Author - Juliet Blackwell, Author of the Art Lover's Mystery Series (written as Hailey Lind)

"In her fast-paced and entertaining debut novel, Gigi Pandian brings readers into a world full of mystery and history... As with classics in the genre, this first book in the Jaya Jones series will appeal to readers who enjoy delving into a complex puzzle." - ForeWord Reviews

"Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss mysteries were fun romantic capers with unexpected twists. Gigi Pandian offers that same exotic world of treasure hunts, foreign lands, and a touch of romance. I miss Vicky Bliss. But, now we're all lucky to have Jaya Jones' treasure hunts. I hope Artifact is just the first of Gigi Pandian's skillfully written capers." - Lesa's Book Critiques

"Masterfully plotted." - Midwest Book Review

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Editorial Reviews

Suspense Magazine
If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.
ForeWord Reviews
In her fast-paced and entertaining debut novel, Gigi Pandian brings readers into a world full of mystery and history… As with classics in the genre, this first book in the Jaya Jones series will appeal to readers who enjoy delving into a complex puzzle.
Lesa's Book Critiques
Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss mysteries were fun romantic capers with unexpected twists. Gigi Pandian offers that same exotic world of treasure hunts, foreign lands, and a touch of romance. I miss Vicky Bliss. But, now we're all lucky to have Jaya Jones' treasure hunts. I hope Artifact is just the first of Gigi Pandian's skillfully written capers
Midwest Book Review
Masterfully plotted.
Romantic Times Book Reviews - Romantic Times
“Pandian’s new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic.” (4 Stars)
ForeWord Reviews
“In her fast-paced and entertaining debut novel, Gigi Pandian brings readers into a world full of mystery and history… As with classics in the genre, this first book in the Jaya Jones series will appeal to readers who enjoy delving into a complex puzzle.”
Suspense Magazine
“If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.”
RT Book Reviews - Pat Cooper
Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic.
Aaron Elkins
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.
Juliet Blackwell
Looking for a smart, adventurous romp of a mystery? Check out Gigi Pandian's fast-paced, breathtaking novel, Artifact. Fans of Elizabeth Peters will adore following along with Jaya Jones and a cast of quirky characters as they pursue a fabled treasure, digging up a historical mystery that someone is willing to kill to keep quiet....
Camille Minichino
Artifact has it all. Castles in the mist and caves at midnight; archeologists and fairies; hidden treasures and a bit of magic as well. Pandian is an adept storyteller...You'll love Jaya, her old and new friends; and her witty, intelligent approach to life and love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938383687
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Series: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery , #1
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 693,883
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn't stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series. The first book in the series, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Good Read

    Book was interesting and enjoyed detail about Scotland, and history background.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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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, 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.


    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Fun start

    Hope for more

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

    This is the first book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunter Series.

    This is the first book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunter Series. Jaya receives a package from her ex boyfriend , it contains a ruby bracelet, she also received news that Rupert died in an accident the same day as the postmark on the package. Jaya grows curious and goes to London with her friend Lane to investigate. They discover that there is a dig in Scotland and there might be more treasure, strange occurrences happen while at the dig site. You must read this book and you will never guess who the bad guy is. Great storyline and wonderful characters.
    Thanks to Net Galley and Henery Press for allowing me to read this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    I thought this was a mystery that was well thought out and kept

    I thought this was a mystery that was well thought out and kept you guessing right along with the characters. I also liked the "history lessons" that were part of the over all story. I can't wait to read the next one!


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Excellent read

    Should be on the best seller list !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

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    Move over, Indiana, there¿s a new Dr. Jones in town¿Dr. Jaya Jon

    Move over, Indiana, there’s a new Dr. Jones in town—Dr. Jaya Jones, to be precise!  When she receives a mysterious package from a former boyfriend back in the UK just after reading of his untimely death in an “accident,” Jaya knows she has to figure out what happened.  Her quest for the truth will lead her to Scotland and, in a round-about way, back to India.  But who can Jaya trust when everyone has a motive and no one is exactly what they seem?

    I like Jaya Jones, although I’m not quite sure how she was able to keep her professor position while jet-setting off to foreign countries, getting involved in murder investigations, etc.  (I realize she wasn’t teaching during the summer term, but still!)  In many ways she seemed pretty naïve and ignored evidence that was right in front of her.  I had most of the mysteries figured out long before Jaya did, which was part of the fun.  I look forward to more of Jaya’s adventures.  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    4 STARS I like Jaya Jones. She just jumps in when she thinks she

    4 STARS
    I like Jaya Jones. She just jumps in when she thinks she can help her ex-boyfriend. She is small, smart and knows how to fight back. She is a interesting character that I would love to read more books featuring her. Their is a mystery to solve and Jaya only knows a little of it. Instead of calling the police when she thinks her ex-boyfriend was murdered. She decides to go find what he has been up too and plans to find his murder. Plenty of suspects, treasure hunt, murder and lots of history make a good story. I was kept guessing, not sure who to trust. The plot had some nice twists in it. Some I guessed but some a total surprise. Lots of mystery, action and drama to keep you reading to find out what would happen next. It is also a clean read.

    Jaya Jones has got her doctorate and is working on getting tenure she plans to write a paper this summer. She is part Indian and part American. She plays the Tabla two evenings a week. She knows self defense. She is short so always wears high heels. She acts tough but really trusts and believes in people.

    When she is sent a package the same day she learns that her old boyfriend in England had died the day he mailed it to her. She thinks he was murder in Scotland. The artifact was a gold bracelet with a giant ruby in it. Had dirt in it still. The note was brief he did not trust anyone else for her to keep it safe. Gave her his cell number. Jaya wants to find out about the bracelet and wants to find out who murdered Rupert right after he mailed it to her. She takes a picture of the bracelet and sets off to find information about it.

    She is sent to graduate student Lane. Lane says it not real. He thinks someone photo shopped it. Jaya takes out the bracelet from her purse to show him its real. Lane tells her he will do some more research on it. He has a look on his face when he first sees it. Takes it right to bank and gets a safety deposit box. When she gets back to her apartment finds out she was robbed and only her jewelry case is broken nothing missing.

    Jaya decides to head to Scotland to find out what is going on. Lane plans to go and research the bracelet and protect her. Someone is following them in London so they follow the leads to Scotland and come up with a cover story.

    I enjoyed reading Artifact and look forward to reading more of Jaya Jones Mysteries. I wonder if we will see some of the other characters in her next adventure. I don't want to say much about the other characters because that is part of the mystery who or what the other characters are or knows.

    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when finished by NetGalley and Henery Press.
    08/06/2013 PUB Henery Press 296 pages

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

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    Treasure Hunts are FUN!

    Jaya Jones’ ex-boyfriend, Rupert, recently died in a car crash in Scotland. On the day she learns of his death Jaya receives a package from Rupert post marked the day of his death with a jewel encrusted artifact enclosed. Suspecting Rupert’s death is on an accident Jaya enlists the help of Lane Peters, art history graduate student and first year professor at Berkley, to figure out the origin of the artifact. One thing leads to another and Jaya finds herself on an international quest for buried treasure. Jaya Jones is an intelligent and brave young woman. She is compassionate, level head and an endearing character that is fun to read about. Gigi Pandian does a wonderful job of creating twists and turns that the reader doesn’t see coming. This was a great start to a promising series. I can’t wait to read what else is in store for all the characters in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

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    One of my bookclubs chooses mysteries by theme rather than by t


    One of my bookclubs chooses mysteries by theme rather than by title or author and each member reads one or more books that fit the theme. This month, it’s “Scientific Occupations” so when I was given the opportunity to read Artifact, I thought, how perfect, I can kill the proverbial two birds and, hopefully, enjoy the double task.

    And enjoy it I have. Artifact is a well-done entry in the field of archaeological mysteries with a taste of the historical British India that we westerners don’t often get. Jaya and art historian Lane Peters, a new acquaintance with an interest in the potential treasure, follow up leads to find the rest of the jewels and get to the bottom of why Jaya’s ex-boyfriend, Rupert, sent a piece to her. The fact that he died just after sending the package is too much of a coincidence and both Jaya and Lane have suspicions about the people they come across during the hunt.

    Secondary characters, such as Professor Malcolm Alpin, Rupert’s best friend, Knox Bailey, and a pub regular named Fergus with a fervent belief in a dark fayrie known as the bean nighe lend a richness to the tale. (Even the Tuatha Dé Danann, a group of former Irish deities, come into the mix and that appealed to me as they are an integral part of another series I love dearly.) Twists abound and Jaya finds that there is much she doesn’t know about some of the people involved. Add in the gloomy, menacing environment of a rainy, rocky coast and an arrest that takes Jaya completely by surprise and you have the makings of an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery.

    Ms. Pandian received the Malice Domestic Grant, awarded to foster unpublished writers working in the traditional mystery genre, and any readers who are reluctant to pick up a self-published novel can rest assured they won’t be wasting their time with this one. Ms. Pandian proved herself to people who are actively involved in and supportive of the good work of undiscovered mystery writers and she proved to me that they weren’t mistaken. Artifact is the first of a series and I am already looking forward to the next treasure hunt.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Some of my favorite authors growing up were Elizabeth Peters, Ba

    Some of my favorite authors growing up were Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michaels, Agatha Christie, and Mary Stewart. As I began reading ARTIFACT, I was instantly reminded of my love for these authors and their stories through Gigi Pandian's writing. She balances humor, history, romance and international locations with a light hand, but with a story that is compelling and thrilling. I felt like my high school self, eschewing all my duties to continue reading this wonderful adventure. (Except now, instead of reading during Algebra, I found myself at my stove, stirring risotto, while reading).

    The treasure hunt is fun. The international setting is interesting. The history and archaeology are fascinating. But the characters -- Jaya Jones, Lane, and Rupert -- really kept me involved in the story. Can't wait for Jaya's next adventure, and I really hope a certain someone is involved! I LOVED this book. And love that I can recommend to middle & high schoolers as well.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    When Jaya receives a package from her ex-boyfriend who has sudde

    When Jaya receives a package from her ex-boyfriend who has suddenly died, Jaya is off and takes us on a fast-paced adventure filled with archeological intrigue and mayhem. The author did a good job in keeping me guessing throughout most of this page-turning drama. The writing was good, the dialogue entertaining and Jaya is a character that I'm interested in learning more about and I can't wait for the next book in this enjoyable debut series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    All i nall-a great read I really enjoy this series. I read book

    All i nall-a great read
    I really enjoy this series. I read book 2 first and now have read this one.
    They are well done. Good characters, intriguing plot, fascinating mysteries.

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    Posted March 30, 2014

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    Sup my homies my nk was screwed last night but we is all good

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 28, 2014

    Shaun

    Hey yal

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    Posted March 28, 2014

    Taylen

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Rose

    "Mleh." *She dissapoofs for a bit.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Emilee

    Goes to camp bored

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