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)
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"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.
"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!
"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.
"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.
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.
I like Gigi's Gargoyle mysteries much better. Allyson's poor narration of men's voices gets in the way. Just not convincingly done.
Zero. Very little suspense. Can't even say it was a cozy romance. Sorry!
Don't know the narrator's available.
Not interested, but I did have them in my wish list.
This is my first review and I moved to write because the dialog and the plot are terrible.
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.
Perhaps, but her treatment of male British voices was pretty bad.
Nope. It's also primary not about archaeology. I can't believe this was the basis for a series.
"a pleasant story, how the main character is cluele"
Good story, but how the main character ties her shoes may be the biggest question. She can't detect a fellows interest in her, much less read the suspects around her even when they all but yell at her!
great storyline to be able to read more of this series in the near future. Keep up the good work.
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