The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories

The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories

by Gigi Pandian


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A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian, all set in the Jaya Jones world.

Appearing here for the first time, novelette The Cambodian Curse:

When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving’s owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime.

Stories included: “The Cambodian Curse,” “The Hindi Houdini,” “The Haunted Room,” “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn,” “The Curse of Cloud Castle,” “Tempest in a Teapot,” “A Dark and Stormy Light,” “The Shadow of the River,” plus bonus novella Fool’s Gold.

With an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King addressing why we love locked rooms, and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene, teasing out the tradition of John Dickson Carr that Pandian is following. This collection is filled with ingenious stories of magic, mystery, and history.

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THE CAMBODIAN CURSE AND OTHER STORIES by Gigi Pandian | A Henery Press Mystery Short Story Collection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635114188
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Short Story Collection , #6
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 807,124
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 8 months ago
This is a collection of short stories from Gigi Pandian. They feature her historian/detective Jaya Jones or her best friend Sanjay, a master of illusion, sometimes referred to as the Hindi Houdini in her full length stories. Most of these stories have been published in other anthologies, but I had not read any of them. I enjoyed these short stories and novellas, especially since they are all "Locked Room Mysteries". The forward was interesting as well, as it explained the eight methods used in locked room mysteries. I enjoy the characters of Jaya and Sanjay. They are often right there when a murder occurs and using her wits and historical knowledge, Jaya is able to puzzle out the cause of the death. Sanjay also is able to solve a puzzle by looking outside the box and using his observational skills, is able to find clues other fail to notice and put them together. I enjoyed learning more about some secondary characters from the Jaya Jones stories like Sanjay and Tamarind and even Nadia. The settings in these stories are varied and fun. Visiting a Haunted Inn, an old house, a secluded island, and even a fringe festival in Edinburgh are all interesting and add so much to the story. A great collection of stories from an author that I have come to enjoy very much. I recommend this book to those who like to read a short story interspersed with their longer mysteries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read of short stories featuring Jaya Jones. I love reading about her adventures. These were intriguing locked room mysteries that keep you guessing. I had already read two of the tales, but I read them again. In fact, the last one, Fool’s Gold, was the one that I read in Other People’s Baggage that got me hooked on Jaya Jones several years ago.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
I’m a fan of the Jaya Jones mystery series. It is like Indian Jones and Amelia Peabody rolled into one and set in a current day setting with a feisty sleuth. Jaya is a professor who seems to like to venture outside of the classroom to solve mysteries (Jones and Peabody in one!) She always seems to be put into the heart of the action whether she wants it or not (but she usually is happy to be right in the midst of it.) In this book, we are given nine short stories which feature Ms. Jones. She is given a series of “unsolvable” mysteries and guess what? Does she solve them? Well, you’ll have to read the book for yourself. While I love to get lost in one of the full novels by Gigi Pandian, it is fun to have this series of stories to read when I have only a little time. It is the same group of characters and the stories and fun. You don’t have to read the series to enjoy the stories but having the background makes them that much more fun. I’m looking forward to reading another full novel in the Jaya Jones series – hopefully this coming year! I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Pandian shows herself to be a pro at the locked room short story. Each one is different in its solution. They are tight and very interesting. And true to the form, she plays fair and gives the reader all they need, assuming they are REALLY clever, to solve the mysteries.
TeaBooksScotties More than 1 year ago
I love Gigi Pandian’s books. If you love we’ll-written, fun, intelligent mysteries then this is the author form you. This short story collection is a great introduction to her books. Plus, at this very busy time of the year, you have time to sit for a few minutes and read one of the stories to relax and rewind.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
I forgot how enjoyable short stories can be. It has been awhile since I’ve read a collection of short stories. Probably since I read Sherlock Holmes many years ago. I forgot how enjoyable short stories can be. I have not had the pleasure to read Jaya’s other adventures and this was an enjoyable intro to Jaya and her friend Sanjay. They were fun and I liked that Sanjay had several adventures of his own. So many times I love some of the secondary characters in a series and wish to hear more about them – this was a great opportunity to do so. I have already picked up the first book in Pandian’s series and can’t wait to get started on it!