Author: Gigi Pandian
Series: Book 2, a Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press
Source: Received for Review from Publisher
Reviewed by: Tess
A century-old treasure map of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast. Sacred riches from India. Two murders, one hundred years apart. And a love triangle… Historian Jaya Jones has her work cut out for her.
1906. Shortly before the Great San Francisco Earthquake, Pirate Vishnu strikes the San Francisco Bay. An ancestor of Jaya’s who came to the U.S. from India draws a treasure map…
Present Day. Over a century later, the cryptic treasure map remains undeciphered. From San Francisco to the southern tip of India, Jaya pieces together her ancestor’s secrets, maneuvers a complicated love life she didn’t count on, and puts herself in the path of a killer to restore a revered treasure.
I found this book a very easy read. I thought at first it might be confusing, because it jumped from 1905 to today. It is the 2nd book in the series, A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery. I did not have the chance to read the 1st in the series, so I was only slightly confused. I will read it if I get a chance.
The books focus on Jaya, a 30 something college professor. There is an in and out boyfriend, Lane, really he is mostly out, but is always close if Jaya needs him. Her close friend Sanjay, a talented magician is also a sitar player and he and Jaya team up at a local Indian restaurant to entertain the guests a few days a week. Librarian Tamarind, is an endless vessel of information and will do research any time to help her friend, Jaya, out.
Set in San Francisco and traveling to India leads us head on into this treasure hunt. Adventure, treasure maps, pirates and hidden treasures make for a lively fast paced read. Add in suspense, mystery, history and just a touch of romance, and I think everyone will be entranced by Jaya and her quirky friends.