Disclosure: Life as Leels received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Book Title: Michelangelo’s Ghost: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery
Author: Gigi Pandian
Content Rating: PG
Life as Leels’ Rating: 4 out of 5
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A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters… Can treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?
Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo’s Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date.
When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies—who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?
In my defense (and in the book’s defense) I am NOT a history buff. I have always disliked history so with that in mind; I had a hard time getting into the book. I felt it was a little slow where I like more action packed, quick paced mysteries.
I will say, the suspense started off almost immediately; but I for much of the beginning, I felt like I was waiting for the adventure to begin.
Although this was the fourth book in the Jaya series; I didn’t feel left out of anything that was pertinent to this book.
If you like a good who done it mystery, history and or art; this will be a great read for you!
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s debut novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” debut by Suspense Magazine. Her fiction has been awarded the Lefty Award and short-listed for Macavity and Agatha Awards. Sign up for her email newsletter at www.gigipandian.com/newsletter.