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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Pandian's new series may well captivate a generation of readers, combining the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic." ( RT Book Reviews)

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 07-01-15

Cozy only means no graphic sex or blood/guts

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.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Artifact: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #1

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!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Terrible choice of narrator.

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.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-01-15

Pretty Good Beginning

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.

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Agonizing

What disappointed you about Artifact?

This is my first review and I moved to write because the dialog and the plot are terrible.

What was most disappointing about Gigi Pandian’s story?

75% of this book is one person asking another "What do you know?" And not getting an answer. Very little plot, the complications the main characters stumble over are so minor, and two characters at the beginning aren't relevant to the plot at all.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Allyson Ryan?

Perhaps, but her treatment of male British voices was pretty bad.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope. It's also primary not about archaeology. I can't believe this was the basis for a series.

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MEH....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe a grandchild in middle school.

Would you recommend Artifact to your friends? Why or why not?

Contrived story line, mildly entertaining but harmless. Would not recommend to any adult friends

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Ryan?

Anyone who could handle believable accents. HORRIBLE!

Could you see Artifact being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

UH.....no....not without extensive rewrites.

Any additional comments?

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Great!

Would you consider the audio edition of Artifact to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed this book so much that it will become apart of my collection!

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how the budding relationship came about the mystery of finding the hidden jewels it was a very good book!

What does Allyson Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She portrays the characters well

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very entertaining

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.

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Narration with over written chapters

What disappointed you about Artifact?

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

Has Artifact turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, the context of the book is interesting and maybe this is simply inexperience or poor editing

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Great performance ok story

I normally enjoy Gigi Pandain's books, however the characters in this one weren't relatable. And a bit to much of a stretch, I enjoy fantasy and mystery but this was just out of my realm.