THE NINJA’S ILLUSION: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery (#5)
A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed…
When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay—a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini—for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to pursue her own research that could solve a tantalizing centuries-old mystery.
With the colorful autumn leaves of historic Kyoto falling around her, Jaya soon loses sight of what’s real and what’s a deception. A mysterious ninja attempts sabotage on Sanjay’s trick, along with Japan’s most controversial magician, Akira. Ancient folklore blurs the lines between illusion and reality when a magician’s assistant appears to be a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya and her friends must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.
“In Pandian’s highly entertaining, fast-paced fifth outing for spunky historian Jaya Jones, Jaya flies from her native San Francisco to Kyoto, Japan…As usual, Pandian dishes up authentic history and cultural tidbits along with a first-class mystery. She also adds just the right light touch of romance.”
Long-listed for the ALA (American Library Association) 2018 Reading List.
Named a “Best of 2016” cozy mystery by Suspense Magazine and short-listed for Best Mystery of 2016 at Left Coast Crime
A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance.
A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story.
And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters…
Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo’s Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date.
When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies—who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?
“This book has everything a mystery lover could ask for: ghostly presences, Italian aristocrats, jewel thieves, failed actors, sitar players, and magic tricks, not to mention dabs of authentic history and academic skullduggery.”
A thousand-year-old secret room.
A sultan’s stolen treasure.
A missing French priest.
And an invitation to Paris to rekindle an old flame…
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March 14, 2015: Pirate Vishnu was awarded the Left Coast Crime Rose Award!
A century-old treasure map of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast.
Sacred riches from India.
Two murders, one hundred years apart.
And a love triangle…
Historian Jaya Jones has her work cut out for her.
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Historian Jaya Jones 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…
Artifact was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012″ debut novel by Suspense Magazine.
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Praise for the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries
“Pandian’s new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic.”
—★★★★ 4 stars, RT Book Reviews
“If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.”
“Fun, romantic, and filled with action.”
—Steve Steinbock for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Lively and humorous… Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Witty, clever, and twisty…Do you like Agatha Christie? Elizabeth Peters? Then you’re going to love Gigi Pandian.”
—AARON ELKINS, Edgar®-winning author of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” mysteries
“Fans of Elizabeth Peters will adore following along with Jaya Jones and a cast of quirky characters as they pursue a fabled treasure.”
—New York Times bestselling author JULIET BLACKWELL
“Move over Vicky Bliss and Joan Wilder, historian Jaya Jones is here to stay!”
—Chantelle Aimée Osman of THE SIRENS OF SUSPENSE