Pirate Vishnu

Pirate Vishnu

by Gigi Pandian


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"Fast-paced and fascinating as Jaya's investigation leads her this time to India and back to her own family's secrets." -Susan C. Shea, Author of the Dani O'Rourke Mysteries

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.

1906. Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya's who came to the U.S. from India draws a treasure map...

Present Day. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered. From San Francisco to the southern tip of India, Jaya pieces together her ancestor's secrets, maneuvers a complicated love life she didn't count on, and puts herself in the path of a killer to restore a revered treasure.


"Forget about Indiana Jones. Jaya Jones is swinging into action, using both her mind and wits to solve a mystery...Readers will be ensnared by this entertaining tale. Four stars." - RT Book Reviews

"Pandian's second series entry sets a playful tone yet provides enough twists to keep mystery buffs engaged, too. The author streamlines an intricate plot....[and] brings a dynamic freshness to her cozy." - Library Journal

"A delicious tall tale about a treasure map, magicians, musicians, mysterious ancestors, and a few bad men." - Mystery Scene Magazine

"Move over Vicky Bliss and Joan Wilder, historian Jaya Jones is here to stay! Mysterious maps, legendary pirates, and hidden treasure-Jaya's latest quest is a whirlwind of adventure." - Chantelle Aimée Osman of The Sirens of Suspense

"Jaya Jones is a young academic detective with no equal in terms of wits, style and creativity...I applaud author Gigi Pandian for unearthing the forgotten history of India's first immigrants to the United States and serving it up with plenty of suspense, humor and bhangra beats. If you are searching for a spicy new amateur sleuth series, this is the one." - Sujata Massey, Author of The Sleeping Dictionary and the Rei Shimura Mysteries

Books in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series:

FOOL'S GOLD (Novella prequel to ARTIFACT featured in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE)


Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938383977
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Series: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 526,548
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

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 a native New Yorker whose diverse talents have led to a career in voice-over, theater, TV, commercials, and films. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her recording of On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren. She is also a 2017 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Award nominee.

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Pirate Vishnu 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
The title had me. I had to read this book after I saw the title. A pirate Vishnu? What a marvelous idea. Now I need to read the previous book, but not having read it in no way was a problem with this one. A clever story line. Fascinating geographic parallels between California and India. And quite a believable twist on the history of that time. A very enjoyable read.
TessT More than 1 year ago
I found this book a very easy read. I thought at first it might be confusing, because it jumped from 1905 to today. It is the 2nd book in the series, A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery. I did not have the chance to read the 1st in the series, so I was only slightly confused. I will read it if I get a chance. The books focus on Jaya, a 30 something college professor. There is an in and out boy friend, Lane, really he is mostly out, but is always close if Jaya needs him. Her close friend Sanjay, a talented magician is also a sitar player and he and Jaya team up at a local Indian restaurant to entertain the guests a few days a week. Librarian Tamarind, is an endless vessel of information and will do research any time to help her friend, Jaya, out. Set in San Francisco and traveling to India leads us head on into this treasure hunt. Adventure, treasure maps, pirates and hidden treasures make for a lively fast paced read. Add in suspense, mystery, history and just a touch of romance, and I think everyone will be entranced by Jaya and her quirky friends.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a unique modern mystery intimately tied to historic lore Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian The Second Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Pirate Vishnu is the best of both worlds: a unique modern mystery intimately tied to historic lore. Pirate Vishnu is an adventure mystery puzzle wrapped in history. Jaya Jones is once again thrust in the middle of intrigue when a man challenges her family history stating that her great granduncle Anand did not die heroically saving a friend in the San Fransisco earthquake of 1906. Instead, he lived only to steal treasure from the man's family. Given a treasure map written by Anand, Jaya searches through San Franciscan, Indian, and her own family history to find the truth. We also get to read the story of Anand as the events really happened as the author intersperses chapters of the modern day mystery with the tale from the past. This book grabbed me from the start and never let me go. The alternating stories of past and present was a brilliant move by Gigi Pandian letting readers experience Anand's adventurous life in two ways; through his truth as it happened and how family lore and history remembered it. Giving us his truth gave Jaya's discoveries even more impact. As for the characters...what a fantastic group! Jaya Jones is a wonderful character even if she is "the worst Indian ever". Jaya is a small, but formidable woman; an intelligent historian looking for tenure who happens to get involved in some amazing adventures. We have her best friend Sanjay, the Hindu Houdini, always there to help, perhaps more than Jaya realizes. The mysterious Lane, a romantic enigma who comes and goes like the San Fransisco fog. In Pirate Vishnu we also learn more about Nadia, Jaya's Russian landlady, and Tamarind, librarian extraordinaire (Shut. Up.). There's also the slimy Naveen, vying for tenure with Jaya and willing to go to great lengths to get it. We also meet the cast from the past-Anand and his friends, Li and Samuel. These characters are just as vibrant as the people from the present, their story just as vital. Pirate Vishnu delivers everything you want in a mystery, interesting, believable characters you care about, locations that come alive and make you want to explore them yourself, a dash of romance, history that comes to life, and a challenging puzzle to solve.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoyed reading Pirate Vishnu. The mystery kept you guessing the whole way through the book. I liked the characters. I was disappointed that we did not see more of Lane. We do get to see a lot more of her best friend Sanjay. Jaya Jones is teaching at a college. She is working on a paper to get published. Their is another teacher that is trying to get tenure too. Only one of them will be picked. One day a older gentleman Steven Healy comes into her office with a treasure map and tells her Great Uncle Anand that she thought of as a hero was a thief and had stolen from his family. He wants to read his letters to get clues what he did with the treasure. He agrees that she can keep the map for a day. He agrees to meet her back in her office the next day. Then he will tell her more about the missing treasure. He gets murdered that night. Jaya gets mugged that next day and the map, her computer and phone stolen. The police question her about Steven's murder and when she had met him and why. Jaya decides to check more into her Uncle's death which was the week of San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire. It is exciting. She ends up going to India and runs into a lot of the same people from San Francisco. Lane thinks she is in danger from one person and Sanjay from a different person. Their is humor, history of San Francisco and India, pirates, magic, danger as they rush to figure out what is going on. Some surprises that I did not see coming and a some that I did see. I hope to see more of Jaya Jones in the future. I was given this ebook to read and in return to give honest review from Netgalley and publication: February 11th 2014 by Henery Press 276 pages ISBN: 9781938383977
Hones720 More than 1 year ago
Probably attractive to a teenager. Shallow plot, characters and dialogue. A tremendously silly read. I never leave a book unfinished but this one came close. I looked religiously at the page numbers to see how close to the end I was near. This one was brutal. Lacked depth, intrigue and character. Not for the serious reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun & interesting. Love this series.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Jaya Jones has yet to live down the fame of her first treasure hunt when a man walks into her office with a second treasure map. This one appears to have the location of a treasure in San Francisco, but it’s the connection to Jaya’s family that peaks her interest. The map was drawn by her great-granduncle. A dead body only complicates Jaya’s quest. Can she stay alive long enough to learn what is going on? I always enjoy finding a twist on the murder mystery theme, and this is a good one. The treasure hunt is as important as figuring out who the killer is, and between the two, the pages fly by. The twists get bigger the further into the book we get. I did think one stretched believability just a bit, but it was a minor deal. The characters are strong, and I’m curious where the complications in Jaya’s love life will go.
AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
This was a thrilling Treasure Hunt that Jaya was presented with. Finding a long lost treasure and restoring the reputation of her family's hero were impossible to resist. I enjoyed the alternating POV(Points of View) between Jaya and her great-granduncle Anand. While understanding why he did it, I was sad that Lane left Jaya for her own good. I was tickled that he couldn't help but want to protect her afterwards. I loved the way that Jaya put him told him exactly what she thought of his unilateral decision to end their relationship. These two are an entertaining pair.
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Skip this book unless you are 13 and in the throes of an infatuation and believe that your love interest will magically appear in unlikely places. This apart from how truly bad the story is. Characters appear to all have photographic memories, moreover, carrying their families memories with them, fresh and unsullied, down the ages. And worse, they all make absurd deductions and wild accusations.