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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 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 note of her dead lover 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.


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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 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 note of her dead lover 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.

30 review for Artifact

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Excellent, absolutely excellent. I was wanting an adventure, and I got one! Ms. Pandian did a wonderful job of combining theft, treasure hunts, and murder. Overall an absolutely wonderful book. Highly recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    I really like Gigi Pandian's Accidental Alchemist series so thought I'd give this series a try. Basically, it's a short adventure style mystery. The main character, Jaya Jones, receives a very old bracelet from her ex-boyfriend Rupert, that she heard was killed in a car accident the same day, he sent the bracelet so she heads to London and then Scotland with her new guy friend, Lane, to find out what happened to Rupert and locate the rest of the jewelry that accompanies the piece she received. O I really like Gigi Pandian's Accidental Alchemist series so thought I'd give this series a try. Basically, it's a short adventure style mystery. The main character, Jaya Jones, receives a very old bracelet from her ex-boyfriend Rupert, that she heard was killed in a car accident the same day, he sent the bracelet so she heads to London and then Scotland with her new guy friend, Lane, to find out what happened to Rupert and locate the rest of the jewelry that accompanies the piece she received. Of course, all is not as it seems and, she and Lane encounter more then they bargained for including extracating themselves from a theft charge, outwitting a murderer and befriending supertitious locals that think she's a fairy. : ) If you like adventure style mysteries this is a fun series to pick up. The audiobook narrator, Allyson Ryan, is just fantastic. I love her! If you're an audiobook fan, I would definitely recommend listening to the audio version.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Fun and interesting read about a historian named Jones not the archaeologist Jones. I liked the characters, and the mystery and the background information about (view spoiler)[Scottish Fairies and Indian Treasure (hide spoiler)] Can't wait to start book 2. Fun and interesting read about a historian named Jones not the archaeologist Jones. I liked the characters, and the mystery and the background information about (view spoiler)[Scottish Fairies and Indian Treasure (hide spoiler)] Can't wait to start book 2.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    New history professor Jaya Jones is trying to process the death of her ex-boyfriend when she receives a package in the mail from him that contains a bracelet. It looks to be old and possibly valuable. Now, she’s wondering if he really died in an accident like everyone thinks or if it was murder. And what is the story of the bracelet? While I always enjoy a cozy mystery, I love when an author adds something else, which is the case here. I was hoping for a caper feel to things, and this book delive New history professor Jaya Jones is trying to process the death of her ex-boyfriend when she receives a package in the mail from him that contains a bracelet. It looks to be old and possibly valuable. Now, she’s wondering if he really died in an accident like everyone thinks or if it was murder. And what is the story of the bracelet? While I always enjoy a cozy mystery, I love when an author adds something else, which is the case here. I was hoping for a caper feel to things, and this book delivered on that perfectly. Between the mystery and the treasure hunt, there is always something going on. Along the way, we get to meet a great cast of characters. I’ll definitely be back for more. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    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 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 it more interesting rather than less. Jaya has all the qualities that we have admired in other female heroines. She is independent, intelligent, has an interesting career and plunges into adventure full-speed-ahead. She has a good sense of humor and enough personal quirks to let us know that she is one of the girls. I debated a little about how to rate this book because I kept having the distinct feeling that the author was straining to keep this from being a YA book. If so, the effort was wasted because this is a book that I would certainly recommend to older teenage girls.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    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 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 wasn't looking forward to more in this series. Great fun, and a perfect book to while away the hours. I'm quite glad I had a chance to read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather Fineisen

    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 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 is much to look forward to in future installments as we learn more about Lane, the love interest, and Jaya herself. The historical and archeological facts interspersed throughout made this most enjoyable and I can only hope this continues in the next adventure. And I will be reading the next adventure...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kribu

    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 interestin 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 interesting (it was obvious the author had either done considerable research into the chosen topics or rather already wisely based the action/mysteries in a field she's familiar with), plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing (some of the twists I could predict, others not). The cast of characters was interesting and varied enough and the dialogue flowed reasonably well. I also liked that the romance, the implication of which was there from early on, never overtook the plot. I'm not sure I quite cared for how easily Jaya trusted Lane or how quickly that romance seemed to develop, perhaps because I prefer a bit more than "he has gorgeous cheekbones" to go on, but it wasn't really any worse than in most books with some romance. My main issue was that I felt there was comparatively a little too much telling and too little showing for my taste. The parts with action - the parts where Jaya and Lane actually got up to stuff - were good and well-paced, but there were perhaps a few too many (and too long) parts where one or another character simply told others (and the reader) things we needed to know, whether background, exposition, or simply "what happened before". Some of this is of course needed and useful, but I'm not sure the balance was quite perfectly captured in Artifact. This is also why I'm rating this three stars ("I liked it") and not four ("I loved it"). I did enjoy the book, and may well be interested in reading the next one. * ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Thanks!

  9. 4 out of 5

    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 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 of the artifact, Jaya discovers the piece is part of a long-lost Indian treasure, which may be hidden in the Scottish highlands from the days of the British Raj. Realizing that Rupert’s death was no accident, Jaya follows the trail of the treasure from San Francisco to London to an archeological dig in the Scottish highlands…the same dig that Rupert was part of when he died. The author is the daughter of two cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She grew up all over the world, and the characters in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series—yes, it will be a series—come straight out of her own childhood adventures. Gigi was also awarded the prestigious Malice Domestic Grant for “Artifact.” The first book in this series is loads of fun (a real roller coaster ride) and sprinkled with fascinating facts about the British presence in India. I can’t wait to see where Jaya goes next! Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of “Marriage Can Be Murder” for Suspense Magazine

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    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 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 how Gigi Pandian's tale included and relied upon historical information concerning periods and subjects that I had never previously focused upon or knew I would have the slightest bit interest in. The history, information and mystery is very well presented and I enjoyed it through the last page. Gigi indicates she plans to publish Jaya Jones next adventure soon, I'll be looking forwatd to it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christa Schönmann Abbühl

    Interesting mystery and unusual background for the amateur sleuths. Interesting enough to listen to the end, but it lacked a certain something for me. I do not know what it was, just not as engaging (to me) as I wanted it to be. Very competent audio narration.

  12. 5 out of 5

    R.B.

    I'm not sure about the characters, the romance in particular seemed to come out of nowhere, and the protagonist decided a lot of things based on feelings. Certain characters backstories were also told randomly and given almost no reaction, to be then picked up again in later chapters. (view spoiler)[The romance really was sudden, sure they looked like they were getting closer but they were complete strangers before and it was too early to call it a romance. Lane just kissed her out of nowhere an I'm not sure about the characters, the romance in particular seemed to come out of nowhere, and the protagonist decided a lot of things based on feelings. Certain characters backstories were also told randomly and given almost no reaction, to be then picked up again in later chapters. (view spoiler)[The romance really was sudden, sure they looked like they were getting closer but they were complete strangers before and it was too early to call it a romance. Lane just kissed her out of nowhere and she liked it, that was it. Considering Rupert also did the same that creates a weird precedent, but at least they were supposed to have dated for some time. That's also weird though, if she wasn't over Rupert (like the train scene suggests) why did she respond so quickly to Lane? It doesn't make sense. (hide spoiler)] The mystery didn't really go anywhere, so much you can't tell how they actually solve it. The mystery of the rubies is better explained than the actual murder. (view spoiler)[The killer wasn't even interested in the rubies, that was Rupert and his friend disturbing an archeological site to steal a treasure which annoyed him because apparently the work was of great importance for him. (hide spoiler)] From the cover art I thought Jaya would be an Indian woman with a deep skin color, but she's actually described as pale, I suppose it makes sense since she's mixed and there are light skinned people in India (And it may be based off the author) but the difference still felt wrong. In the end it wasn't a horrible read, even if I'm quite allergic to history lessons and I've already forgotten most of it. What I know is that Jaya has terrible taste for boyfriends. If you're interested in Indian history and would like to read about a fictional lost treasure go ahead and read this, but the actual mystery and romance and character development is seriously lacking.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    This was a thrilling adventure story mixed in with a historic treasure from a time period that I am not as familiar with, and I found it fascinating. The Jaya Jones character is hailarious, impulsive, a little too trusting, but above all else she has a heart of gold! I can’t wait to read more of this series to see where Jaya ends up next. My only critique is that at times the story was a little choppy, it jumped from time periods and events a little too much. The way the historical aspect of the This was a thrilling adventure story mixed in with a historic treasure from a time period that I am not as familiar with, and I found it fascinating. The Jaya Jones character is hailarious, impulsive, a little too trusting, but above all else she has a heart of gold! I can’t wait to read more of this series to see where Jaya ends up next. My only critique is that at times the story was a little choppy, it jumped from time periods and events a little too much. The way the historical aspect of the mystery was solved came about too quickly and it didn’t fit into the plot as well as it could have. But overall I was very happy with the story, especially with the promise of more to come!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    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 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 they travel to England then Scotland to follow the clues. Throw in a magician best friend, a Russian landlady, and a whole host of other characters and Jaya really has her hands full solving this mystery. I hadn't won a book in so long and then I won this one. WooHoo number 1. It arrived really fast. WooHoo number 2. and it was a great read. WooHoo number 3! Jaya is a fun character and her thought process and her actions seem realistic and not forced at all. I love that she wears heels all the time. She did have a little too much patience with the boys. I want to go to Scotland and stay at a small pub and inn and have locals that tell all sorts of Fairy Stories. Good story line, great characters, and a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This sounded fun and cute. It was cute, but it came across for me as trying to be so cute and clever that it always felt like it was trying just a little too hard and seemed forced. I also couldn't connect to any of the characters as real people I cared about. They all felt like comic book characters who did cliched things, and said forced lines. This was just the wrong book for me, I think. It didn't connect for me at all. When I got almost to the halfway point and still wasn't truly invested in This sounded fun and cute. It was cute, but it came across for me as trying to be so cute and clever that it always felt like it was trying just a little too hard and seemed forced. I also couldn't connect to any of the characters as real people I cared about. They all felt like comic book characters who did cliched things, and said forced lines. This was just the wrong book for me, I think. It didn't connect for me at all. When I got almost to the halfway point and still wasn't truly invested in either the people or the events, I decided it was a wrap for me and this went back to the library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    HENERY PRESS PUBLISHING

    “How wonderful to see a young, new writer who harks back to the Golden Age of mystery fiction. Artifact is witty, clever, and twisty… Do you like Agatha Christie? Elizabeth Peters? Then you’re going to love Gigi Pandian.” — Aaron Elkins, Edgar Award-Winning Author of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” Mysteries

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Cozy History, Archaeology mystery 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 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 to a remote arc Cozy History, Archaeology mystery 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 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 to a remote archaeological dig. Helping her decipher the cryptic clues are her magician best friend, an art historian with something to hide, and a charming archaeologist running for his life. A nice change from the cozy novels of quilters, cooks, librarians and other assorted walks of life I have been reading!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Selah

    A fun romp! Jaya Jones is an appealing heroine, with some actual skills that set her apart from the normal cozy sleuth (she's a historian and trained in jiu-jitsu). Her half Indian heritage adds interest and makes her perfect for the Popsugar Reading Challenge! A fun romp! Jaya Jones is an appealing heroine, with some actual skills that set her apart from the normal cozy sleuth (she's a historian and trained in jiu-jitsu). Her half Indian heritage adds interest and makes her perfect for the Popsugar Reading Challenge!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dorsi

    This one was just okay for me. I couldn't really connect with the main character, Jaya Jones. I love another series by this author, The Accidental Alchemist. It features an adorable French gargoyle. I read the audio version of this one. The narration was quite good. It was read by Allyson Ryan. This one was just okay for me. I couldn't really connect with the main character, Jaya Jones. I love another series by this author, The Accidental Alchemist. It features an adorable French gargoyle. I read the audio version of this one. The narration was quite good. It was read by Allyson Ryan.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    What a fun book! Loved the treasure hunt theme.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacie Haden

    Good start to a series. I'll continue. I hope there is just a little more depth in the later books, it needs just a little more . Good start to a series. I'll continue. I hope there is just a little more depth in the later books, it needs just a little more .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The only reason I gave this four stars is because I thought it started slow. About halfway through, I was so hooked I canceled all my plans so I could finish the book. And it was worth it!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    I enjoyed this book very much. Jaya is fearless to the point of taking unlikely risks but such a likable character! Her love interests (plural) are also well developed and interesting. The mystery is fairly simple and fun. A very pleasant read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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. See 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. Seeking more information about the bracelet, she heads to the university and is referred to a graduate student named Lane. When Lane sees the bracelet he is very interested. Interested enough to seek Jaya out and go along with her to Britain to do more research- because Jaya is convinced that Rupert was on to something and was murdered. After flying to Britain, Lane and Jaya follow the clues to an archaeological dig in Scotland. Once introduce to the gang on dig, Jaya finds herself being reacquainted with Rupert's best friend Knox. When someone on the dig is murdered, Jaya is in danger and the number one suspect. Jaya's heritage and historical expertise come in handy when stories of fairies and other superstitions come out, but also the bracelet can be traced back to wars and rebellions from the 17 and 1800's that involved Britain and India. Jaya is a person that is easy to relate to. The story is told from her perspective. (First person narrative). She is smart, funny, big hearted , but tries to pass herself off as jaded and cynical. The mystery was well plotted with a few twist along the way. That could be irritating though, since it was always at the end of a chapter and I HAD to read the next one, then the next one. ( Grin) A solid whodunit, treasure hunt and light romance all in one. Yes, there are the inevitable comparisons to Elizabeth Peters. But, really ,who doesn't love Amelia Peabody? I think it's wonderful that someone has picked up where Peters left off and presented a modern day version of Amelia or Vicki Bliss. I LOVED it when Lane referred to Jaya by her last name. Cool! I'm impressed with this one. Overall a solid A.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    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 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 valuable, and then...get this...went straight to her bank and placed said artifact in a safe deposit box. I knew Jaya and I were destined to be friends. Jaya may not always behave quite so sensibly, but I liked that Gigi wrote her in such a believable fashion that it was possible to understand why Jaya does what she does. I did think a few plot points were telegraphed a bit too much, but that could be that I, like Gigi, am a huge fan of the Vicky Bliss novels and could see the homages developing right away. Really, there was only one thing that could have damaged my star rating for this book. That was the attention paid to the sensation of being watched, Jaya even going so far as to claim the ability to distinguish identities and intents of different watchers. My skeptical side suspects that this is all hogwash and has no place in a realistic (non-fantasy) story. I know the basic idea pops up in suspense fiction all the time, and I tend to shrug it off, but this seemed to place undue emphasis on it. So I tried to find articles debunking it, and it seems to be something that has not been researched at all. Where are the Mythbusters when you need them? But since I have no scientific backup for my hogwash suspicions, the five-star rating sticks. This was an entertaining romp with engaging characters and some fun little twists.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    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 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 man at UC Berkeley through a mutual friend, in search of information about the piece she has received. The locales in San Francisco and Berkeley are familiar to me and ring true, so I presume that’s also true for the settings in England and Scotland. A great deal of history, particularly including India and its relationship to Great Britain, and Scottish lore come to play here, along with insights on rare jewelry and art. The other characters, the man from Berkeley, archaeologists in Scotland, the landlord and best friend in San Francisco, all work. Whodunit to the ex-boyfriend and the significance of the jewel become Jones’ and the readers’ focus. It’s nicely resolved with more than one surprising twist. I see book two of the series is out and have already purchased it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    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 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 they come after her next. She meets Lane and he becomes her traveling companion when Jaya decided to get a one way train ticket to Britian first to seach the library there for something to solve the bracelet mystery.Then she went on the train to Scotland and that is where she runs into her not so dead boyfriend Rupert. He explains to her why he did what he did. When Ruperts friend Knox is murdered they suspect that Rupert did it, but the police find Jaya's jacket and makes her the number on suspect. Find out what happens next. This book is AMAZING and a fast paced page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next!

  28. 4 out of 5

    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 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, instead of reading during Algebra, I found myself at my stove, stirring risotto, while reading). The treasure hunt is fun. The international setting is interesting. The history and archaeology are fascinating. But the characters -- Jaya Jones, Lane, and Rupert -- really kept me involved in the story. Can't wait for Jaya's next adventure, and I really hope a certain someone is involved! I LOVED this book. And love that I can recommend to middle & high schoolers as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    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 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 with to see if I could guess who done it. This is a quibble, as the brisk pace swept me along and kept me wondering what happens next. While not my preferred dark and twisty read, this bright offering is highly entertaining.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norma Huss

    I bought this book at Malice Domestic 2013 and met Gigi Pandian who signed the book. It's a great read, and will go down as one of my favorites. Historian Jaya Jones follows the trail of a ruby bracelet to Scotland. Is it one shown in very old paintings? Did it originally come from India? The search is complicated by the mysterious death of Jaya's old boyfriend, the insistance of a professor who invites himself along on the trip, and a crew of Scottish folks who think it possible that petite Jay I bought this book at Malice Domestic 2013 and met Gigi Pandian who signed the book. It's a great read, and will go down as one of my favorites. Historian Jaya Jones follows the trail of a ruby bracelet to Scotland. Is it one shown in very old paintings? Did it originally come from India? The search is complicated by the mysterious death of Jaya's old boyfriend, the insistance of a professor who invites himself along on the trip, and a crew of Scottish folks who think it possible that petite Jaya is one of their fairies who do not necessarily bring luck or treasure. There are unexpected twists, bits of Scottish folk lore, and tales of the British Raj. Altogether an excellent mystery from an author who writes with the authority of knowledge.

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