Friday, October 7, 2016

Michaelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian - #review #giveaway

Can treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?

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?



Back in January of this year, I read a little book called The Masquerading Magician by Gigi Pandian.  I think I've been a little enamored of gargoyles since that time, so I was thrilled that there was a gargoyle introduced in the first chapter of Pandian's new book, Michaelangelo's Ghost. So what if it was a figurine and had a broken wing?  Add to that the whole treasure-hunting mystique, a chance for the heroine to atone for something from her past, and a Renaissance mystery with ties to Italy and India ... and you have a recipe for a smashing number of reading hours.

And master chef author, Gigi Pandian, has penned us a reading feast.  The more I read, the more I was drawn into the story.  I actually got excited reading!  Taking nothing away from the (by now, literally) hundreds of books I have read over the last couple of years, it is a rare book that can get my feet tapping while I read - I don't think my hardwood floor will ever recover!  (OK.  Maybe I'm exaggerating a little there, but you get my drift!).  I may have to put my "Jaya Jones Treasure-Hunting Mysteries" on my shelf next to the "Parched" series by NLB Horton, which is another favorite of mine.

If you like finely-crafted stories, full of danger and intrigue, not walk (or at least type as fast as you can to your favorite online bookseller) and add Michaelangelo's Ghost to your collection!



USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian spent her childhood being dragged around the world by her cultural anthropologist parents, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s the author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, and Quicksand) and the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist and The Masquerading Magician).
Gigi’s debut mystery was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant, the follow-up won the Left Coast Crime Rose Award, and her short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards. A breast cancer diagnosis in her thirties taught her two important life lessons: healing foods can taste amazing, and life’s too short to waste a single moment. Find her online




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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)

1 comment:

  1. Thus sounds like an engrossing read. New author to me, I would enjoy reading.