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Gigi Pandian

Forfatter af The Accidental Alchemist

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Værker af Gigi Pandian

The Accidental Alchemist (2015) 294 eksemplarer
Under Lock & Skeleton Key (2022) 210 eksemplarer
Artifact (2012) 153 eksemplarer
The Masquerading Magician (2016) 107 eksemplarer
The Elusive Elixir (2017) 79 eksemplarer
Pirate Vishnu (2013) 69 eksemplarer
The Raven Thief (2023) 67 eksemplarer
The Alchemist's Illusion (2019) 60 eksemplarer
Quicksand (2015) 45 eksemplarer
Michelangelo's Ghost (2016) 43 eksemplarer
The Ninja's Illusion (2017) 32 eksemplarer
The Lost Gargoyle of Paris (2020) 30 eksemplarer
The Alchemist of Fire and Fortune (2021) 25 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Other People's Baggage (2012) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Midnight Hour (2021) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey (2014) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Malice Domestic 11: Murder Most Conventional (2016) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer

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This would've been so much better if 100 pages were shaved off. It took forever for the story to end. It was stretched out and so, so repetitive. If I hear the word, misdirection one more time... you can make a drinking game out of it. On the positive, I liked all the characters; although their antics and dialogue reminds you of Scooby-Doo and young adult-ish, nevertheless it leaves one with a warm, cozy feeling. I like the author's writing style & wit.

The mystery was fine. I just wish it wasn't so long and repetitive.… (mere)
Manhattanite | 25 andre anmeldelser | Apr 5, 2024 |
Gigi Pandian’s cozy mystery is set primarily in Scotland. Jaya Jones, a historian who lives in San Francisco, receives an artifact in the mail from an old boyfriend who had been working at an archaeological dig in Scotland. When her house gets burglarized and she discovers her old boyfriend has died in what may or may not have been an accident, she tries to discover what is so important about this jeweled artifact – and that takes her all the way to Scotland. With names like Rupert, Angus, Fergus, and Malcolm, it reminded me of another story set in Scotland… anybody else recognize those names?

Anyway, she heads off to the Scottish highlands with a handsome (of course!) historian she just met who knows something about the artifact and the story reads like a treasure hunt adventure - with some potential romance thrown in, a few surprises, and some pretty interesting history. This is the first in a series, so I will likely read more Jaya Jones mystery/ adventures in the future!
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clamagna | 15 andre anmeldelser | Apr 4, 2024 |
Former stage magician and illusionist Tempest Raj is settling into her new life as a co-creator of secret rooms in her father’s construction firm, Secret Staircase Construction, when problems for the firm begin: after the wife of a client falls on a special staircase the company had built, putting her in a coma, the husband threatens to sue the company for negligence. It doesn’t matter that all signs point to the husband being the culprit, or that he has a history of such lawsuits, the situation is such that Secret Staircase Construction may be destroyed because of the lawsuit. So when the man is found murdered at the theater Tempest has rented for a final magic show, she feels relieved, but compelled to find out just who murdered the man, and why he was murdered in that particular place, the site of her own mother’s disappearance…. This is the third Secret Staircase novel, and by now Tempest, her family and her close friends have all become quite beloved characters whose antics and neuroses are quite believable. I had a bit of trouble early on, when Ms. Pandian repeated the same information several times; it felt like she didn’t trust her readers to remember items from one chapter to the next. However, that repetition resolved after a while and it was subsequently easy to go with the flow of the writing, which is quite enjoyable in itself. Having lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, I also much appreciate the setting of the novels (as a slightly masked version of Berkeley), but obviously one doesn’t need to be a resident of the area to enjoy the stories! There is a resolution of some of Tempest’s major life mysteries at the end of this book, but fortunately Ms. Pandian in her Afterword mentions that she still has many more stories to tell about Tempest and her world, which is great because I definitely want to read more of them! Recommended, but start with “Under Lock and Skeleton Key,” the first in the series.… (mere)
thefirstalicat | 8 andre anmeldelser | Mar 23, 2024 |
A Midnight Puzzle is the third installment in Gigi Pandian's Secret Staircase Mystery series. A cozy mystery featuring a former illusionist who now works for her family's construction business, building secret gardens, hidden staircases, and puzzle rooms.

Tempest used to be a magician/illusionist until her career literally went up in flames. Now, she's back home with her father and grandparents (who live in a treehouse!! What?!) helping to design and build whatever crazy things their clients ask for. Their last client, Julian Rhodes, was difficult to work with, and after they finished, Julian's wife Paloma fell down their floating staircase and sues the family for doing shoddy work. When he calls Tempest and she meets him at the Whispering Creek Theater, she finds him dead at the front door, killed by a booby trap. Thus begins the roller coaster story.

This book had so many twists and was completely unpredictable. The police are ineffectual at finding the perpetrator, as their focused on Paloma but can't find her. Would she have known how to set up a booby trap to murder her husband? And why would she use the theater that Tempest is renting to do it? There's a relatively big cast of characters, and no one is safe from suspicion. There was a good amount of suspense and misdirection, and I would never have guessed whodunit.

All in all, this was an interesting cozy mystery featuring a loving family, a creative FMC, and twists galore. I haven't read the first two books in the series yet, but if they're as good as this one, then I recommend reading the whole series.

Thank you to @NetGalley and @Minotaur_Books for a digital copy for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
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SassyCassi | 8 andre anmeldelser | Mar 21, 2024 |



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