When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend. But she's not the only one on the trail.
From San Francisco to the Highlands of Scotland, Jaya must evade a shadowy stalker as she follows hints from the hastily scrawled note 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.
©2012 Gigi Pandian (P)2015 Tantor
"Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic." (RT Book Reviews)
At last! A well-educated, reasonably confident, independent woman who thinks outside the box! She has an interesting background, quirky friends, and an ex lover with a mysterious artifact. Oh, and he's apparently dead, but no corpus delicti. Enter a pushy grad student and an assortment of new characters. Soon there is more history and mystery to be burrowed through, suspense, and a logical but unexpected denouement. Certainly a brain-grabbing read with clear depictions of places and people easily visualized by the reader. Characterizations are realistic (think I worked with one or three of them).
Allyson Ryan really nailed it! Her performance truly enhanced this story and the differentiation and audible attitudes of the characters are exceptional.
This book forced me to sit up waaaay too late by wanting to finish it in one sitting.
Proud Canadian who loves Jesus, Dogs, Country Music, Lilacs, Gregory Peck movies and audio-books with a HEA.
Absolutely enjoyed this story. I especially loved Jaya! She is intelligent, independent, feisty and quirky. Best of all, this larger than life individual comes in a petite package. This was a really interesting treasure hunt and the amount of historical details provided where just right.
Jaya and Lane made a wonderful team!
I'm sure she would be a fine narrator for another story but she can't a pronounce a single Indian word and her English accent is abysmal. When the protagonist is Indian, the novel revolves around Indian history and is partially set in the UK these flaws make for a terrible listen. Honestly her gaffs are distracting from the story.
I typically don't care for adventure stories in which the lead character drops everything and goes off on what could be a dangerous "mission". So, when Jaya Jones drops everything and runs off to the UK to find out what happened to her ex boyfriend, I could barely contain my eye role. However, I stuck with it and continued listening to the very end. There were several moments when I questioned Jaya's intelligence but overall it was a good story. There were several twists and turns and lots of interesting characters that kept me listening to the story. Allyson Ryan did a great job with the accents and voices. I think it was her ability to provide voices for the many different characters that kept me interested when I might have stopped listening. I will get the next book if it is made available with Audible.
I enjoyed this book so much that it will become apart of my collection!
I enjoyed how the budding relationship came about the mystery of finding the hidden jewels it was a very good book!
She portrays the characters well
author does a great job with the clues to misdirected the reader from who is the actual threat, and just when you think you and Jones have it figured out, there is another twist.
much of it is over written, and the narration DOES NOT match the character. I may not be the target audience as I am a grandmother, but I love the authors other books
No, the context of the book is interesting and maybe this is simply inexperience or poor editing
Maybe a grandchild in middle school.
Contrived story line, mildly entertaining but harmless. Would not recommend to any adult friends
Anyone who could handle believable accents. HORRIBLE!
UH.....no....not without extensive rewrites.
A fun, old fashioned tea-cup adventure in the footsteps of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels. If you enjoy the Vicky Bliss or other 1st person scholar-heroine mysteries, you’ll like this. Despite some appallingly bad British and Scottish accents, it is charmingly narrated by Allyson Ryan—this isn’t helped by Pandian’s outdated and clunky Brit slang. I was waiting for “Blimey, it’s a fair cop gov’ner.” The story is a bit vague at times and strangely slows down toward the climax. There are some cliché characters like the arrogant Brit ex-boyfriend and mysterious new boyfriend that seem like Peters’ Sir John divided in two. There are the typical archeological site characters, friendly busybody innkeeper, etc. But although there is nothing new in these formulaic characters they are surprisingly familiar and comfortable to be with. I wish Jaya’s Indian heritage was more than just a biographical footnote. Although not brilliant, as a first-in-the-series it does leave you wanting more if for no other reason than to hope the characters flesh out a bit more. I will look forward to the next one.
The story was not quite what I expected after listening to The Accidental Alchemist (that may not be a fair comparison, although the same author). I did not think that the performance of the book itself would "decline".
It did surprise me at times, get me hooked every now and then but the first few chapters were a bit tough to get through. I was not hooked after the first-third chapter, as I would like. After a time I did find the story quite interesting. When I had listened to a bit more than half of the book I was hooked.
The narrator, Allyson Ryan, did do a nice job with the voice acting and the different accents.
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