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Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery
     

Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

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by Gigi Pandian
 

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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

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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 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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938383687
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
07/28/2013
Series:
Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery , #1
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
335,593
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

What People are Saying About This

Avery Aames
Artifact is a jewel of an adventure, and Jaya Jones is a plucky heroine to treasure. --Avery Aames, Nationally Bestselling Author of A Cheese Shop Mystery Series
Penny Warner
Artifact is a treasure…a page-turning, suspenseful story. -- Penny Warner, Agatha Award-Winning Author of How to Host a Killer Party

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Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was interesting and enjoyed detail about Scotland, and history background.
otterly More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
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.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Dee_K More than 1 year ago
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.
RisWritesLH More than 1 year ago
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.
hfineisen More than 1 year ago
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.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Carstairs38 12 months ago
Get Caught up in This Search for an Artifact I am never lacking for books to read because when a book or series captures my attention, I am quick to grab it to my collection even if I don’t read it right away. For example, Artifact, the first Jaya Jones mystery by Gigi Pandian has been sitting on my TBR stack for almost two years now. I finally sat down and read it, and I wish I’d read it sooner. Jaya Jones is a new professor specializing in the history of the East India Company working at a college in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s currently on summer break, and hoping to get the research for an article she needs to publish completed. All that changes when she sees a news story telling her that her former boyfriend, Rupert, was killed in a car accident in Scotland. While she is sad, she is shocked to get a package from him that evening containing a potentially valuable bracelet. The note leads her to believe that the accident might have been murder. When her apartment is searched, Jaya knows she needs to get to the bottom of whatever is going on. But what had Rupert found? Since this book has a treasure hunt theme, there is more going on here than just a traditional murder mystery. I loved that aspect of thing. In fact, it was a refreshing change for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love cozies (obviously), but I also enjoy it when there is that added touch. The treasure hunt added a bit of a caper element to this book that felt a bit like the fun of the National Treasure movies, which I certainly love. And thanks to the treasure hunt there is always something going on. Whether it’s meeting suspects and looking for motives or trying to figure out what the story is behind the bracelet, Jaya is learning new information and piecing it together into a picture that makes sense. I saw one twist coming before it happened, but there were lots of them that surprised me. I must admit I know little about the history of India and the British involvement in the country, but I learned something in this book. Yes, the book is absolutely fiction, and the story that Gigi Pandian spins here has completely made up people in it, but the author note at the end does point out the real history that she wove into the story. The characters she created certainly felt real. Jaya is a fantastic lead character - strong, independent, and just plain fun. And yes, I love the fact that a couple of Indiana Jones jokes were made on her last name. There are only a couple of characters I expect to see again (and I’m not spoiling who they are), and I liked them as well. The rest of the cast are just as strong. So if you want a fun romp that entertains from start to finish, pick up Artifact. I guarantee that I will be digging up the sequel soon.
AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely enjoyed this story. I especially loved Jaya! She is intelligent, independent, feisty and quirky. Best of all, this larger than life individual comes in a petite package. This was a really interesting treasure hunt and the amount of historical details provided where just right. Jaya and Lane made a wonderful team!
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CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
an intriguing mystery Artifact by Gigi Pandian The First Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Artifact is the first in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series. Jaya Jones is a unique heroine. Half Indian she embraces her culture finding release from the stresses of the day by playing the tabla (an Indian drum). Small in stature she's nonetheless a formidable character; her father enrolled her in every martial arts class available. Jaya is well able to take care of herself. As capable as Jaya is, she is more distressed than even she thought possible after she learns of the death of a former lover. When she receives a package from him containing a piece of ancient Indian jewelry she realizes his death can't be an accident.. Her search for the truth leads her to Lane Peters, then on to Scotland where she meets with old "friends" on an archaeological dig. What would Indian jewelry have to do with Pictish stones and faerie mounds? Jaya Jones will help us find out! Gigi Pandian gives us an intriguing mystery loaded with fascinating historical truths and delightful characters. The question of who to trust and the romantic possibilities add to the thrill of the mystery. I'm entranced by this new to me series and can't wait to read more.
piratelady62 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this author and will be looking forward to reading more by her.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
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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Should be on the best seller list !
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