Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 12 February, 2014 by Jenna / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian {Jenna’s Review}Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian
Series: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery #2
Genres: Cozy, International Mystery & Crime, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Pages: 306
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

Lost treasure on the high seas!

My Thoughts

My thanks to Henery Press for proving me with a copy of Pirate Vishnu in exchange for an honest review.

As a book blogger, one of my favorite things is to receive an ARC. It’s a privilege – a sneak peek at upcoming releases and the opportunity to tell other readers about fun, interesting, and exciting new releases – like Gigi Pandian’s Pirate Vishnu.

The second book in the author’s Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series, Pirate Vishnu takes readers on a journey from India to San Francisco, between modern day and turn-of-the-century history. Retired attorney Steven Healy seeks out historian Jaya Jones with a treasure map and a story involving Jay’s ancestor, Anand Paravar. Jaya’s initially reluctant to believe the story Steven Healy present, especially since it paints Anand, a family hero, as a thief. Still, she agrees to look into the story and the map. But less than 24 hours later, Steven is dead and Jaya finds herself a suspect without any leads – and a growing list of questions.

Pandian’s yarn is spun between Jaya and Anand, clues and plot lines stretching across two narrative voices. I admit I found the plot a little murky and obscured at times, but Pandian is a young author with loads of promise. I have no doubt her writing and her stories will shine up over time. The story is well-paced with wonderfully descriptive scenes in both San Francisco and southern India.

I was slightly in the dark with a few of the character relationships, because I had not had the opportunity to read Artifact, the first in this cozy series. That said, I was able to cotton on quickly and was rather intrigued by the triangle of Lane, Jaya, and Sanjay. I’m looking forward to catching up with Artifact and reading more books by Gigi Pandian in the near future!

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5 Responses to “Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian {Jenna’s Review}”

  1. I do love the ARCs. I can’t help it — I get a little thrill each time I get something in the mail. This really doesn’t sound like something I’d pick up on my own but it does sound interesting, especially with the treasure map/hunt!

    • I’m the same way! It’s such a joy to get that little goody from the mailman! And I love, love, love being asked to review something. :)

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