Review & Giveaway: MICHELANGELO’S GHOST by Gigi Pandian

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Today, as part of a blog tour organized by Italy Book Tours,  I am happy to tell you about an adventure-filled mystery set in Italy –  Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian.


untitledA 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?

My Review

Although the story takes place in modern day, be prepared to take a step back in history as the author takes you on a journey to Italy during the renaissance period.  Jaya is torn between the traditional role of a history professor and her love of adventure. She can’t resist the call of the past and the potential for making a major art history discovery.

I hadn’t read the previous books in this series, so I  enjoyed getting to know Jaya, her friends and the men in her life. I found it to be a well-written and even-paced read, with a surprising yet and logical resolution.

The author has done a fine job weaving a tale of fiction on the  backdrop of historical facts. Her descriptions of Bomarzo and the Park of Monsters  are vivid, making it another place to add to my to-be-visited list for Italy.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 


Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway  – one grand prize winner will receive:

  • Signed copies of the first 3 books in the series
  • 6 book-themed recipe cards from the locations where each book is set (Italy, Scotland, India, France, and the US)
  • $20 gift certificate to the winner’s favorite bookstore

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

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2 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: MICHELANGELO’S GHOST by Gigi Pandian

  1. I would love to win this series because I haven’t read any of Gigi’s books and they get great reviews. I also have enjoyed the synopsis of the books and they sound like books I would really enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance.

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