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.
1906. Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya’s who came to the U.S. from India draws a treasure map…
PRESENT DAY. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered. From San Francisco to the southern tip of India, Jaya pieces together her ancestor’s secrets, maneuvers a complicated love life she didn’t count on, and puts herself in the path of a killer to restore a revered treasure.
ISBN 978-1938383977. (Artifact is the first book in the series.)
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Praise for PIRATE VISHNU
“Pandian’s second series entry sets a playful tone yet provides enough twists to keep mystery buffs engaged, too. The author streamlines an intricate plot [and] brings a dynamic freshness to her cozy.”
“A delicious tall tale about a treasure map, magicians, musicians, mysterious ancestors, and a few bad men.”
—Mystery Scene Magazine
“Forget about Indiana Jones. Jaya Jones is swinging into action, using both her mind and wits to solve a mystery. The story bounces from the early 1900s to present day, slowly peeling back layers of history while laying out a trail of red herrings in parallel storylines, all leading up to the surprising conclusion. Readers will be ensnared by this entertaining tale.”
—RT Book Reviews
“Fun, romantic, and filled with action.”
—Steve Steinbock for ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE
“Move over Vicky Bliss and Joan Wilder, historian Jaya Jones is here to stay! Mysterious maps, legendary pirates, and hidden treasure—Jaya’s latest quest is a whirlwind of adventure.”
—Chantelle Aimée Osman of THE SIRENS OF SUSPENSE
“Pirate Vishnu is fast-paced and fascinating.”
—SUSAN C. SHEA, author of the Dani O’Rourke mysteries
“Jaya Jones is a young academic detective with no equal in terms of wits, style and creativity… I applaud author Gigi Pandian for unearthing the forgotten history of India’s first immigrants to the United States and serving it up with plenty of suspense, humor and bhangra beats.”
—SUJATA MASSEY, author of The Sleeping Dictionary and the Rei Shimura mysteries