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Artifact (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #1)

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When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, sent by her ex-lover the same day he died in a supposed accident in the Highlands of Scotland, 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 Franc
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Gargoyle Girl Productions (first published August 2012)
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I received this ARC from first-reads.

Jaya, the main character in this murder mystery, has received a long lost ruby Indian artifact from her recently deceased ex-boyfriend. She is apparently the only one who suspects that her ex-boyfriend's death is not a simple accident and she sets out to solve the mystery of his death and the source of the mysterious artifact.

The thing that I particularly like about this book is that so much history was included in the story without bogging it down, making i
Another women sleuth but this one is special and unique as she is a PHD seeking tenure at a San Francisco Bay area university. Her specialty is centered on the history of the relationship of Britain and India. She is very smart, very clever, very motivated, very head strong, very attractive, has relationships with mysterious men and knows and practices ju-jitsu.

What more could you desire as a female mystery protagonist? And did I say she is cute and from from Berkeley.

I particularly enjoyed ho
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 i ...more
I received this book from the Goodreads first reads program.

What a fun read!

Gigi Pandian writes with a quick wit, a loving attention to the eccentricities of the anthropological trades, and a keen eye for history. She wrapped the history of British India up with snippets of Scotland and even a bit of San Francisco culture quite well. Classic treasure hunt, classic adventure tale, classic mystery... what's not to love?

Indeed, this book did bring to mind Indiana Jones, and I'd be lying if I said I
I haven't received my copy yet, just received notice I had won. 8/28/12
Received 8/31/12 started 9/1/12 and finished 9/2/12

Jaya Jones receives an Indian bracelet and mysterious note from her ex boyfriend Rupert in the mail. The package was postmarked the same day Rupert died in an automobile accident in Scotland. She decides the coincidence of the date was fishy and she needs to determine if the artifact was the reason Rupert was killed. She meets Lane, and jewelry historian expert, and together
Suspense Magazine
If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones, the likeable—and very curious—protagonist in “Artifact,” the debut treasure hunt mystery by Gigi Pandian.
Jaya receives a mysterious package from her ex-lover, Rupert, sent the same day he died in a supposed accident in Scotland. The package contains a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, and a cryptic note asking Jaya to hide the artifact for him because she’s the only one he can trust. Delving deeper into the provenance
Jaya Jones is the focus of this adventure. She is half American, half Indian, not quite five feet tall, and a young college history professor in San Francisco. This is the first of a series. The book blurb likens her to a female Indiana Jones. I’m not so sure that that’s valid, but I did like her. The story follows from Jones’ receiving shocking news about the demise of an old boyfriend, and a package from him containing rare jewelry on the same day she gets the news. Jones connects with a young ...more
I'm not exactly original in saying this, but Artifact by Gigi Pandian is very much a story in the vein of Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss mysteries, combining adventure with treasure hunt, murders, academics, humour and a dash of romance.

Is it as good? Hmm. The Vicky Bliss stories I've read so far aren't my favourite Elizabeth Peters books, but they're nice, entertaining, fun reads, and Pandian's Artifact is much the same.

I found the pacing pretty good, the research & historical detail intere
Shelley Giusti
LOVE LOVE LOVED This book. Gigi Pandian is the Author of this SENSATIONAL novel.

If you love books about treasure hunting and murder than this one is for you. You will love Jaya Jones.

Jaya recieves a bracelet in the mail from Rupert her ex-boyfriend and he tells her that he had to send it to her to keep it safe and she would know what to do with it! Rupert was beleieved to be killed in a car accident. So that sparked Jaya to find out why some one would want to kill for this bracelet and would t
Larissa Reinhart
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, i ...more
Yves Fey
Artifact by Gigi Pandian is a winner, a charming, deceptively effortless blend of romantic suspense, mystery and adventure. The pacing is terrific, the plot delightfully convoluted, and characters distinctive. I’d consider it primarily romantic suspense since the focus is on the romantic triangle-one corner is pretty wobbly, still the emphasis is on these characters' interplay. While all the suspects are fairly presented, as a mystery fan I’d have appreciated a bit more time and detail to play w ...more
This is a book that lures you in from the very first page. It's an easy to read book with dynamic and fun characters making for an irresistible combination you won't want to put down. The writing had a straightforward style yet keeps you guessing about the outcomes of the mystery. Being an avid mystery reader, it's not often I can't predict the next plot thread, but this book had some nice surprises!

Well done Gigi Pandian! I can't wait for the next installment in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt ser
Theresa de Valence
When the story opens, Jaya Jones resides in San Francisco. Now an archeologist, she was born in India of Tamil descent and has lived around the world. Jaya soon begins a treasure hunt drawing resources from her many connections. Although I read the story many months ago, the story is still with me. Jaya’s voice is strong and witty—that girl has spunk!

ARTIFACT mixes mystery with adventure and a touch of romance, a delightful combination!
I started the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries backwards. It's not my preferred method of reading a series, but, in this case, it was okay. The outstanding chickens at Henery Press had asked me some time back to read and review the second book in this series, Pirate Vishnu, which I was thrilled to do! I was also excited to go back and see how Jaya met Lane and how her adventures as a treasure hunter (sort of) began.

Of course, the mountain of books I call a bedroom had other plans and, here it
Jaya Jones, a history professor in San Francisco, learns that an ex-boyfriend was killed in a car accident in the Scottish Highlands. The same day she receives a package from her ex which contains a gorgeous old ruby bracelet which she believes is Indian. A note included with the bracelet tells her that he is entrusting the bracelet to her because he can't trust anyone else. She suspects his car accident wasn't an accident and heads to Scotland to investigate.

Jaya is a great character. I love t
A self-published book that claims to be by the next Elizabeth Peters. It's not anywhere near that good (which I should have known by the absence of a legitimate publisher). Slow, with many seams showing.
Melissa Sargent
A great twist in mystery genre. I thought the story was great. It was a quick, entertaining read. This review was provided in exchange for a copy of the book from Goodreads Firstreads and the author.
Allison Campbell

I didn’t even realize I was longing for Jaya Jones, a modern, Indian-American Indiana Jones, but I’m delighted to have found her. She’s great fun in this adventure/treasure hunt/mystery. Pandian jumps in headfirst: “An old lover was dead before his thirtieth birthday. A ruby anklet rested in my lap inside his handkerchief. The package had been sent to me from Scotland, where said old lover was recently killed in a car wreck. A feeling of helpless confusion
This debut novel was awarded the Malice Domestic Grant and was named a "Best of 2012" debut mystery novel by Suspense Magazine. It has been compared to Elizabeth Peter's Vicky Bliss mysteries.

From the book cover we get a concise summary that I cannot improve on:
"When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, sent by her ex-lover (Rupert) the same day he died in a supposed accident in the Highlands of Scotland, she discovers the secrets o
Janice Liedl
I took a long time, too long, to finish this book. That is no fault of the author, rather, that I opened the book, read about three paragraphs and then misfiled it away on my ereader. It took two months before I realized I'd started something that I really ought to finish. (Year end sneaking up on me.)

I dug around until I found the book, reread those three paragraphs, moved onto the fourth and, pow, a half an hour later I was whining when it was bedtime and I really needed to go to sleep. Gigi P
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 histo
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 on ...more
Yes, I am a total sucker for treasure hunt stories. So I suppose it wasn't that surprising that when I was moving the day's acquisitions from the hotel bed to the hotel dresser, I somehow wound up reading this instead of going to sleep. And it didn't take long for me to decide that this was very likely to be a five-star read. Historian Jaya Jones received a mysterious package from a former lover (also a historian), learned from a colleague that the artifact contained within was likely extremely ...more
Lelia Taylor
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
Artifact is a Henery Press Publication. This book is scheduled to be released in August of 2013.

Jaya Jones is a historian living in San Francisco. All in one day she receives a package from her former lover, Rupert has a ruby bracelet enclosed with a note to Jaya explaining he need to keep the bracelet for him for awhile and that she would know what to do. He wanted her to call him, but that would be a little hard to do, because she also finds out the Rupert has been killed in a car accident.
Dec 08, 2013 Tammy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Elizabeth Peters' Vicky Bliss series
I'm giving this 4 stars out of sheer joy. Jaya Jones is a historian who specializes in the East India Company and the British Raj. (Actually, she'll tell you, she can talk about India from 1757-1947 with ease.) So she isn't completely surprised when an old boyfriend sends her an antique Indian bracelet in the mail and asks for her help. What does surprise her is that she finds out he was killed on the very day he mailed the bracelet to her. With help from a grad student with a mysterious past, J ...more
The back cover copy promises a mystery in the Elizabeth Peters tradition, and Pandian doesn't disappoint. Indeed, there's at least one specific and highly amusing homage to Peters' Vicky Bliss novels seeded late in the novel, and Jaya and Lane are clearly successors-in-spirit to Ms. Bliss and her sometime partner John Smythe.

If there's a criticism to be made, it's that Pandian is working so hard to fuse her appropriately devious plot with the rich historical detail that the narrative sometimes f
Nov 16, 2013 Nancy added it
When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, sent by her ex-lover the same day he died in a supposed accident in the Highlands of Scotland, 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 London to the Highlands of Scotland, Jaya must evade a shadowy stalker as she follows hints from the hastily scrawled
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 sh
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 t ...more
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Gigi Pandian is a mystery writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a child, she was dragged around the world by her cultural anthropologist parents. She tried to escape her fate by leaving a PhD program for art school, but adventurous academics wouldn't stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series.

Gigi's first mystery novel, Artifact, was awarded the Malice Domes
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