A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed....
When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay - a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini - for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to pursue her own research that could solve a tantalizing centuries-old mystery.
With the colorful autumn leaves of historic Kyoto falling around her, Jaya soon loses sight of what's real and what's a deception. A mysterious ninja attempts sabotage on Sanjay's trick, along with Japan's most controversial magician, Akira. Ancient folklore blurs the lines between illusion and reality when a magician's assistant appears to be a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya and her friends must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.
I listened to the first two books and enjoyed them very much. I was short on credits and cash so I chose the best reviewed one out of the remaining 3 and bought this one. I’m glad I did. I always pay attention to reviews and in my experience with over 1,300 audible books, most are on the money. There are some reviewers I have completely disagreed with but I went with my gut.
This was a great adventure and a slowly evolving mystery, with a wonderful ending. Jaya is getting, smarter, bolder, stronger and hearing her grow and evolve as a professor and woman is wonderful!
All the usual characters are present, some more than others and the ending was a perfect set up for the next adventure, NOT a cliffhanger, you will no doubt be satisfied.
Now for Allyson Ryan. I have discovered via this series a new favorite reader. She is wonderful. She pronounces and enunciates wonderfully and accents, at least to my ears are fairly genuine. She reads life into every character no ambiguities. Ms. Ryan and Ms. Pandian a very dynamic duo indeed!
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As I have come to expect since Book 1, this story had an interesting mystery with just the right amount of historical details to add flavor. I also appreciate the beautiful countries that the author gives us insight into with each new book. I am really invested in the core characters in this series so it was wonderful revisiting many of the beloved characters from previous books as well as
meeting new ones.
I have loved Jaya and Lane from the moment they met in Book 1 because they make an incredible couple and team. This was evident when Lane was able to help Jaya see the answers she had but hadn't yet pieced together.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series because I have so many questions that I am hoping will get answered. I am also looking forward to both Lane's and Jaya's reaction to the reappearance of the expected guest at Jaya'a home.
I have listened to all of Gigi Pandian's audible books and enjoyed them all. Unfortunately this one just wasn't as good as the others. I also find books that end on a cliff hanger to be extremely irritating. I may listen to the next one only because I have enjoyed the others so much. I hope it will be back to her standards.
Super good and i can't wait for the next book! As usual through this book we are able to explore history and another culture. All while experiencing a a thrilling mystery with fun twists and turns.
I love the 4th Maya Jones book. I wish the hallmark murders and mysteries channel would pick it up