Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian

Expected publication:
October 4th,  2016 by Henery Press
Jaya is at it again. Not only are members of the general public reaching out to her regarding their treasures, but her former mentor, Lilith Vine, is as well. Lilith believes she has found a connection linking India and Italy art wise in the 16th century through some notebooks she obtained from a family in Italy. And as an added bonus, Lilith thinks there is a link between the artist in question and Michelangelo.

Jaya's interest is immediately captured by Lilith's revelations. Soon afterward, Lilith dies under shady circumstances. Jaya believes her death to be murder. This spurs Jaya on regarding the research necessary to prove Lilith was correct.

Meanwhile, Jaya's brother and his current girlfriend have been in town visiting Jaya. Her brother, Fish, decides that Jaya shouldn't travel to Italy alone. So, the three of them set off for the area of Bomarzo, Italy where the Park of the Monsters seems to hold clues to solving the mystery of just where is the studio of the artist in question. Will any of his works have survived? Just who or what is the ghost wailing in the rain? Who can Jaya trust as she investigates the connections?

Michelangelo's Ghost is a well written adventurous mystery. Jaya shows courage as she pursues her dreams, especially after some of the things that happened in the last installment, Quicksand, Some might argue that she is even a little reckless at times in her enthusiasm.

The plot is well paced and keeps you turning pages. Gigi Pandian does a good job of increasing the suspense the further you get into the book. I also enjoyed the afterward where she talks about the history behind the book and tells which things are pure fiction vs. fact.

Overall, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. If  you like a suspenseful, adventurous mystery, then you will probably enjoy the Jaya Jones series. The books in the series get better and better. Michelangelo's Ghost is due out October 4, 2016 from Henery Press. This is book #4 in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.