Michelangelo’s Ghost (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #4)
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…
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.
Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, Quicksand, and Michelangelo’s Ghost), the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, and The Elusive Elixir), and locked-room “impossible crime” short stories.
Gigi’s debut novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” debut mystery novel by Suspense Magazine. Her fiction has been awarded Lefty and Rose Awards, and been nominated for Macavity and Agatha awards.
She’s the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My review :
This is the fourth book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series and I’m sorry that I came late to the party. Although it is a stand alone novel and can be read on its own, I’m going to make sure that I get my hands on the first three books that cover Jaya’s adventures.
A treasure-hunting historian, Jaya Jones travels to Italy after she was shown some manuscripts that suggest that a Renaissance artist lived and worked in India. As an Indian, I loved how believable this might be. I also loved how both the Italian and Indian cultures found their way so beautifully in this story.
How the author cleverly interweaves the superstition a ghost haunting the Park of Monsters for centuries and fact (art history) to create a suspenseful mystery, and the great detective work of Jaya Jones makes this a great read.
I loved the plot, the characters and the great pace of the plot. A book that I just had to read right through.
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher.