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The Ninja's Illusion (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #5)

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“A beautifully complex, fast-paced mystery—a well-crafted blend of modern magic and ancient secrets, full of compelling characters and set in one of Japan’s most beautiful—and mysterious—locations.” – Susan Spann, Author of the Hiro Hattori Mysteries

A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial
Paperback, 1, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Henery Press
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I was hooked by the first line, (I'm better at finding lost treasures than a phone buried in the bottom of my bag.) Boy, can I relate to that, not that I’ve found any treasures but who know what lurks in the bottom of my bag.
Jaya Jones is on her way to Japan during Thanksgiving break to accompany her best friend, Sanjay aka the Hindi Houdini while he will be performing the opening act in the highly impossible Indian Rope Trick that will also include the famous Japanese Magician, Akira. This wou
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The Ninja's Illusion is the latest book in the Jaya Jones series and this is a series that I truly love to read since I love reading adventures mystery books in exotic settings. This time Jaya travels to Japan where here best friend Sanjay a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini is working with the controversial magician, Akira who is said to be able to do magic for real. However, something is wrong, Sanjay seems to want Jaya to stay home, but that just makes her more eager to travel to Japan. And, when she ge ...more
The latest Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, The Ninja's Illusion, takes Gigi Pandian's historian to Japan. It's another whirlwind adventure for the historian who specializes in the East India trading companies.

Her recent adventures in Italy are not enough to keep Jaya from traveling to Japan where her best friend, Sanjay, The Hindi Houdini, is scheduled to appear with another magician. But, Sanjay asks her not to come, and he sounds worried when he calls. That's one more reason for Jaya to show
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Any book that includes qutoes from these guys

and Arthur C. Clarke is probably going to get at least 3 stars from me, but this book pushes it even further by setting Jaya's latest adventure in Japan. This book out this week is just too good to miss. Magic, treasure and murder, along with anime loving librarians.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Ninja’s Illusion is a lovely piece of misdirection and stage management, much like the trick that Jaya Jones’ best friend Sanjay, the “Hindu Houdini”, performs onstage as part of his magic act.

And it’s great fun to read.

This is a cozy mystery, and much of the fun, and the mystery, revolves around Jaya and her group of friends. Her best friend Sanjay has come to Japan to work with an ultra-famous Japanese magician on a trick that is famous for its imposs
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is #5 in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Series. I have read and enjoyed the previous books and this one is not an exception. Jaya takes us to Kyoto Japan in this installment to see her best friend Sanjay perform in a magic show and of course there ends up being an historical treasure that needs finding. The author does a terrific job with her research and I think my favorite part of these books is how much I learn about the locations we visit. I find the information completely fascinating! An ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ongoing-series
The latest Jaya Jones mystery is still strong on Nancy Drew vibes, though short on real thrills.
I found this entry in the series to be less compelling than the previous books, with a setting and payoff that never quite pulled me in. Jaya travels to Japan to see a special magic show in which her best friend Sanjay plays a major role. The show is supposed to feature the legendary but impossible Indian Rope Trick. But before the show can go on, Jaya and friends are confronted by possible sabotage,
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Fifth Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

Jaya Jones is overwhelmed with requests for help, both in historical research and treasure hunting. When Dr. Nakamura has questions about her work on the East India trade routes she decides to go to Japan in person. It's the perfect time as her best friend Sanjay, the Hindi Houdini, is also in Japan working with a controversial stage magician who supposedly can perform real miracles. But when Sanjay tells her not to c
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was randomly selected to receive this as an ARC from NetGalley. This is my honest review of it. I love the Jaya Jones series and was anxious to read this one. It never disappointed. Each time Jaya gets involved in treasure hunts, the locations and history used makes you want to see those places. The Fushimi Imari shrine drew me in this time. But aside from that, Gigi does an exceptional job in writing a mystery that has you trying to figure it out right up to the very end. And the way this one ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
All smoke and mirrors!

In the fifth book of the Jaya Jones series, she embarks on a trip to Kyoto which encompasses a visit to her friend the magician Sanjay, known as the Hindi Houdini. Sanjay is assisting the famous Japanese ex-pop star, now magician Akira, with the impossible Indian Rope Trick.

In addition to this, she is neatly tying in some research work she has been doing into an eighteenth-century Dutch East India Company ship, with a visit to the Japanese Professor Nakamura. His work “inv
Patricia Romero
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery, series
In this the fifth installment of the Jaya Jones mysteries, Jaya is meeting her best bud Sanjay in Kyoto to see his act and the famed Akira do his impossible rope climbing illusion. 

From the start things aren't quite as they appear. Who is this mysterious Ninja they keep catching glimpses of? While tricks turn into murder Jaya turns to research and hidden secrets about a missing ship hundreds of years ago.

I enjoyed the mystery and the history of this clever book! Jaya and her friends are memorabl
Shannon McDonald
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jaya Jones is back and this time she's headed to Japan for another adventure and an unexpected treasure. When Jaya's best friend Sanjay invites her to Kyoto to see an impossible magic trick: The Indian Rope Trick, she can't help but tag along. But as soon as she arrives she finds out that there's something afoot. A ninja has been following Sanjay and a world-famous magician is murdered. While Jaya is dodging ninja's and trying to help Sanjay put his best performance forward, she's also on the tr ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Fans will enjoy returning to Jaya's world, however I wouldn't consider this the best of the series. At times the writing felt somewhat disjointed, and I personally didn't find the mystery overly compelling. It felt like most of the story just happened to Jaya, rather than her actively solving anything. That being said, I did find the historical information very interesting and look forward to the next book.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Henery Press for free in exchange for an honest review.
The Ninja's Illusion is the fifth installment of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunter series. In this volume, Jaya goes to Kyoto both to support Sanjay's performance at a highly publicized magic show and to work with a colleague on an intriguing historical find. Jaya barely has time to get her bearings before she is thrust into a murder mystery and a hunt for treasure.
The Ninja's Illusion is my f
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

This was a highly enjoyable mystery. It is the first one I have read in the series, but I feel it is a series best read in order. The characters were very well developed. I absolutely loved the setting. It felt like I really was in Japan. The mystery was intriguing, but the ending wasn't my favorite.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I really enjoyed The Ninja's Illusion. As with her other Jaya Jones mysteries, Gigi Pandian makes the country the characters are visiting, its culture and pertinent history accessible and interesting.

There are 2 different mysteries at play. One involves the magicians; the other involves history. Each mystery is captivating in its own way. The mysteries begin even before Jaya has left the States for Japan. I found myself caught up in the book. There were a few lulls, but overall there is more ac
Megan Worley
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the characters the Pandian creates, as well as the mysteries that they solve. They usually involve hidden secrets and long lost treasures. This particular one fell a bit short though because it focuses too much on the main characters best friend and his magic act, rather than Jaya and the mystery of the lost treasure.

That being said, it was still a great story full of historical intrigue and delightful historical facts. Being a history major I always love a good bit of historical intrigue
Jossie Marie Solheim
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this one a little bit tough to get into at first, but slowly it did draw me in and I found the story enjoyable if a little slow at times. The premise is good though and the excitement that it builds around the Indian rope trick. I liked Jaya and the majority of her friends but found that as a whole everyone was just a bit too easily forgiven for the bad things they did. I mean I kind of understood with Hiro, as he never actually did anything too bad, but the professor, I wasn't so sure a ...more
Helen Callahan
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first book by Gigi Pandian, The Ninja's Illusion. A TRUE Treasure. There's a stealthy ninja, magic and illusion. Spying, sabotage and theft. Murder and romance. Exciting scenes and unpredictable twists and turns. Using exquisite details and 'poetic license' to weave fiction with past/present historical facts. Her writing creates "The perfect place for the impossible"....pages come to life. This book is an 'exhilarating, baffling, passionate, nerve-racking and blissful', CONSUMING reading adve ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although #5 in the Jaya Jones series it is possible to read this excellent mystery as a standalone story. Not having read the other titles in the series but a fan of the author's 'The Accidental Alchemist' series, when I saw it on Netgalley I had to request it.

Nor was I disappointed, this fast paced, well written, engaging mystery had plenty of puzzles to ponder plus scintillating magical tricks to dazzle the imagination. Jaya and her friends are likeable and well developed characters.

Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was all I could do after finishing The Ninja's Illusion not to buy a plane ticket to Kyoto, Japan for the fall season that Gigi Pandian describes so vividly in this book. It is a perfect backdrop for Jaya's best friend Sanjay, the Hindi Houdini's participation in a magic show with the idolized and mysterious Japanese illusionist Akira, as well as another mystery that goes back to isolationist Japan and the Dutch East Indies Company in the 1700's. Although seemingly unrelated, the more Jaya an ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I have come to expect since Book 1, this story had an interesting mystery with just the right amount of historical details to add flavor. I also appreciate the beautiful countries that the author gives us insight into with each new book. I am really invested in the core characters in this series so it was wonderful revisiting many of the beloved characters from previous books as well as
meeting new ones.

I have loved Jaya and Lane from the moment they met in Book 1 because they make an incredi
Meet Jaya Jones, history professor extraordinaire and several of her friends. Tamarind is a very brilliant and colorful college librarian, Sanjay is a wacky magician who failed law school only to become an accomplished magician with roots in India, now working with an egomaniac magician in Japan. Murder, a mysterious fakir magic trick no one can seem to replicate, and interpersonal issues make for a riveting read. There are lots of plot twists, and the misdirection is not only on the stage. Of c ...more
Leena Clover
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
There's not much of a treasure hunt here. It was a page turner, set in Japan this time. Wonder if the Dutchman will appear in subsequent books 😊.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love escaping into this series. The settings, the characters, the dialog and, of course, the mystery - all in perfect balance. Jaya Jones is all ready to hop on a plane to go to Japan to see Sanjay perform in a magic show. The day before she is to leave, he contacts her, asking her not to come but the conversation is suddenly cut off. Of course she goes to Japan. Honestly, I was ready to read this one just for the lure of magic. Add Japan, oh, yes, please. If you are new to this series, please ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

Over the past year, I have become a huge fan of author Gigi Pandian, having read all the books in her series called The Accidental Alchemist. This is my first time reading a book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt series, and I didn't know what to expect. I loved that I didn't have to start with the first book in order to enjoy th
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.5 stars
This is my first adventure with Jaya Jones, but it will not be my last. Even though THE NINJA’S ILLUSION is the fifth book in the series, I had no trouble getting to know the characters and jumping right into the story. Jaya is planning to spend Thanksgiving with her magician friend Sanjay, who is in Japan to do a show with legendary illusionist Akira. But all is not well with Sanjay; sabotage, discord with Akira, and a ninja are threatening to ruin the show. While Jaya is in Kyoto, she
Grace Koshida
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Jaya Jones goes to Kyoto, Japan to see her best friend, Sanjay (The Hindi Houdini) perform the opening act in the highly impossible Indian Rope Trick that will also include the famous Japanese magician Akira. Jaya also has arranged a meeting with a Japanese history professor to solve the mystery of a Dutch trading ship that vanished over 200 years ago. But things start going wrong when Akira finds someone has broken into his secret workshop and has tried to sabotage his equipment A mys ...more
David Stringer
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
I've come into this book quite late in the series, book number five I believe, so I'm new to both the premise, the author and the characters and so maybe this has taken something away from me and my enjoyment of the book. I'm also not sure if this is classed as a middle grade book? It's not mentioned or labelled as such anywhere, but with the easy flow and language used I suspect it is. Not that this matters either way, but a slight warning to those that enter this booking expecting a more adult ...more
The Ninja's Illusion is the fifth book in the Jaya Jones Series about a history/archeology professor turned treasure hunter/mystery solver. This time Jaya is headed for Kyoto, Japan to support her friend, Sanjay's debut show with another famed Japanese magician. At the same time, she was invited to help with some research about a Dutch ship that traveled to Japan, that has no mention in any written historical papers but whose presence is very much noted in some paintings. But like any other Jaya ...more
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Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, Quicksand, and Michelangelo's Ghost), the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, and The Elusive Elixir), and locked-room "impossible crime" short stories.

Gigi's debut novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a "Best of 2
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