Pirate Vishnu + Quicksand – Gigi Pandian

pirate vishnuTitle: Pirate Vishnu (Jaya Jones Book #2) and Quicksand (Jaya Jones Book #3)
Author: Gigi Pandian
ISBN: 9781938383977
Pages: 306
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Henery Press
Genre: Mystery
Source: Publicist

Summary

In the second novel in the Jaya Jones treasure hunt series, Pirate Vishnu, Jaya must discover the truth about one of her ancestors—did he die in the United States, as her family has believed for so many years, or did he become a pirate, with the key to a treasure? In Quicksand, the third and most recent novel, Jaya receives a note from her old flame Lane asking her to meet him in Paris—but once she arrives, she realizes that more is going on than appears and Lane’s past has caught up with him.

Review

I love adventure and treasure-hunt type novels, so when I discovered that Gigi Pandian was writing this type of series with a half-Indian main character, I was incredibly excited. The Jaya Jones mysteries (which start with Artifact) are smart, fun, and engrossing—it’s difficult to not read these in one sitting.

Pandian did an excellent job setting up the characters and their dynamics in Artifact, but she’s not afraid to play around with relationships in her later novels. These characters are fluid, developing and growing as the series progresses—notice I said characters, plural. One of the great things about this series is how much time and effort Pandian spends on the secondary characters. The reader gets to know Jaya very well, but it’s the supporting cast that make these books colorful and fun.

Pirate Vishnu and Quicksand take the reader on an armchair journey, and Pandian excellently writes these different places. These novels aren’t lacking for atmosphere, and the author pays close attention to details, clearly intent on creating a rich reading experience. The plots move at a brisk pace, and there are enough twists and turns to satisfy discerning readers. These books are fun, adventurous, history-filled romps, and I hope there are many, many more of them to come.

Other books by Gigi Pandian:

Artifact

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Book Review: Artifact – Gigi Pandian

Artifact coverTitle: Artifact
Author: Gigi Pandian
ISBN: 9781938383687
Pages: 276
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Henery Press
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Publicist
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Jaya Jones is a history professor, and she doesn’t lead what she’d consider an exciting life. But all that changes when she is sent a mysterious piece of Indian jewelry by an old flame . . . and then that old flame turns out to have died the very same day he mailed the package. She knows that the piece is both historical and valuable, so she partners with Lane, a graduate student who can help her identify the jewelry, to try and figure out what it is and why someone would be willing to commit murder over it.

Snapshot Review:

Artifact seamlessly blends adventure, history, and a smart, witty heroine into a novel that cozy mystery fans absolutely should not miss.

Full Review:

Artifact is a fun mystery novel centering around the mystery behind an artifact: the piece of jewelry Jaya is sent in the mail. What is it? And why did Jaya’s ex send it to her? Was he killed over it? Finding the answers to these numerous questions means delving into history, something most readers will really enjoy. Pandian does a great job balancing the narrative and the background; the history is interesting, but never overwhelms the story, instead providing a little extra depth.

Jaya Jones is exactly the type of woman you’d want spearheading the investigation into the artifact: funny and smart, but not perfect. When things seem dire, Jaya’s personality keeps the novel from ever becoming too serious; she’s a great, well-rounded person that readers will truly enjoy.

The mystery in Artifact is fun and intriguing; though it takes a somewhat strange turn in the latter half of the novel, Pandian’s confident writing keeps the narrative from veering too far off course. In the end, any cozy mystery fan (or lover of lighter mysteries) will absolutely love what Gigi Pandian has done with this first Jaya Jones mystery: it’s got incredible amounts of charm and wit, and promises much more to come.

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