Artifact by Gigi Pandian

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    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.

    When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend. 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.

    Review by Edith M. Maxwell:

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    I so much enjoyed reading this smart exciting story. Gigi keeps you on your toes as you follow hip academic Jaya Jones (great name!) from San Francisco to London to Scotland on the trail of treasure and an old beau.

    She’s great at making you feel like you right there beside Jaya, from her big appetite to her heels to the Scottish inn with its resident characters. The mystery kept me wondering right until the end. Can’t recommend it enough!

    Review by Jan:

    At last! A well-educated, reasonably confident, independent woman who thinks outside the box! She has an interesting background, quirky friends, and an ex lover with a mysterious artifact.

    Oh, and he’s apparently dead, but no corpus delicti. Enter a pushy grad student and an assortment of new characters. Soon there is more history and mystery to be burrowed through, suspense, and a logical but unexpected denouement.

    Certainly a brain-grabbing read with clear depictions of places and people easily visualized by the reader. Characterizations are realistic (think I worked with one or three of them).

    Allyson Ryan really nailed it! Her performance truly enhanced this story and the differentiation and audible attitudes of the characters are exceptional.

    This book forced me to sit up waaaay too late by wanting to finish it in one sitting.

    Review by Cozy up with Kathy:

    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.