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Publisher Description


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

“Pandian’s sprightly prose celebrates the pleasures of Italian painting, food, and landscape. The light touch, swift pace, and verve maintained throughout the novel disguise the deeper thought and scholarship underpinning the story, which like the stage props of a conjurer, make the magic happen.”– Linda Lappin, Author of Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery

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?

Books in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series:

• FOOL'S GOLD (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Author Bio

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 and Lefty Awards, and been nominated for Macavity and Agatha Awards. Find her online at www.gigipandian.com.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 4
Henery Press
Henery Press LLC

Customer Reviews

Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Fourth book in series!

Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian is the fourth book in A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series. Jaya Jones is going through her back emails from people who would like her assistance with treasure hunts when she discovers one from Dr. Lilth Vine. Lilith used to be Jaya’s professor and a mentor. Lilth needs Jaya helps and requests she pay a visit. Lilth found a small reference in Wilson Meeks paper regarding Renaissance artist, Lozzaro Allegri. It sent Lilth to Italy where she purchased lost sketchbooks from his ancestors. In the sketchbooks, there are references to his hidden studio. Lilth was unable to continue her search, and she would like Jaya to finish the hunt. Lilth entrusts three sketchbooks along with research into Jaya’s care. There are clues to the location of Lozzaro’s hidden studio in his sketchbooks. A few days later Jaya receives a call from Lilth. Lilth is dying and gives Jaya a cryptic message. Jaya believes she was murdered for her research information. Jaya discusses the quest with her brother, Mahilan and his girlfriend, Ava. Jaya is determined to get answers. When the semester ends, the three of them head to Italy to search Bomarzo’s Park of Monsters (a sculpture garden). But someone is trying to thwart Jaya’s investigation and a ghost is protecting the sculpture garden. Will Jaya be able to discover the location of Lozzaro’s lost art studio? Is there a chance his works of art have survived (it has been 500 years)? Join Jaya on her pursuit in Michelangelo’s Ghost.

Michelangelo’s Ghost is a well-researched novel. I found the book to be jam packed with historical information (it can be very over whelming). It took me two attempts to get through the novel (I just could not get into it the first time I tried to read it). I found the pace to be a little slow, and it can be hard to keep track of the various characters and details (I only talked about three characters). I found information about the search to be repeated frequently (especially about the artist, the historical period, how Jaya felt about Lane). I found many things to be implausible. Jaya is a professor, but she does minimal research (does not verify the information given to her by Lilth). She is working without all the facts and Jaya jumps to wrong conclusions (several times). Jaya should be keeping her search a secret (so she can discover it, get the credit, and write a paper or book). However, she seems to tell anyone she meets about it. I give Michelangelo’s Ghost 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery may seem complex, but it can easily be solved. The “twists” are easily discovered long before they are revealed. Michelangelo’s Ghost is not a stand-alone novel. I would suggest reading the first novel (at least) in the series before tackling this one (or you will be missing information). A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series is just not for me.

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