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Lefty Award Winner

USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s fiction has been awarded the Malice Domestic Grant, Lefty Awards, and the Agatha Award. She's also been been nominated for the Macavity. Find her online at www.gigipandian.com.

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academic mysteries, amateur sleuths, cozy, international adventure

Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries

ARTIFACT (#1)

When historian Jaya Jones receives a package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, she discovers the secrets of a lost treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. From San Francisco to 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, 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.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“If Indiana Jones had a sister, it would definitely be historian Jaya Jones.” — Suspense Magazine

PIRATE VISHNU (#2)

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.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“A delicious tall tale about a treasure map, magicians, musicians, mysterious ancestors, and a few bad men.” – Mystery Scene Magazine

QUICKSAND (#3)

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...Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a ninety-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into France's colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.

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“Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series.” – Publishers Weekly

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MICHELANGELO'S GHOST (#4)

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...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?

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“Do you like Agatha Christie? Elizabeth Peters? Then you’re going to love Gigi Pandian.” ‍‍‍— ‍‍‍Aaron Elkins, Edgar Award-Winning Author of Skull Duggery

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Lefty Award Nominee

When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to 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 to sabotage 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 mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.

“‍‍‍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

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THE NINJA'S ILLUSION (#5)

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An unsolved murder from the 1930s. A ghost story to explain the impossible crime. A dead man in the haunted library. And no way for the authorities to reach the survivors until the snowstorm clears…  A snowstorm waylays Jaya Jones and Tamarind Ortega. It seems almost too good to be true that they find rooms for the night in beautiful old inn—until they find a dead man clutching an Agatha Christie novel in the secluded hotel’s library. Worse yet, Tamarind is accused of the crime.  To clear her friend, Jaya must delve into the history of the hotel’s haunted library. The present-day mystery is eerily similar to a mysterious unsolved death in the 1930s—could it be the work of the library’s avenging ghost? If you’ve never met Jaya Jones or been on one of her adventures, this is a great place to start.

"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

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Agatha Award Winner

THE LIBRARY GHOST OF TANGLEWOOD INN (short story)

A treasure trove of nine locked-room mysteries from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian, all set in the Jaya Jones world.Appearing here for the first time, novelette The Cambodian Curse: When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving’s owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime. With an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King addressing why we love locked rooms, this collection is filled with ingenious stories of magic, mystery, and history.‍‍‍

“Gigi Pandian is the Queen of the locked-room mystery. This collection is a home run.” — Shelly Dickson Carr, Award-Winning Author of Rippe‍‍‍d‍‍‍

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Agatha Award Winner

‍‍‍THE CAMBODIAN CURSE & OTHER STORIES (collection)‍‍‍