The most wildly improbable things happen to Jaya Jones, but I never have trouble suspending my disbelief because she’s just so darn fun. In her third adventure, Jaya receives a ticket to Paris from ex-flame/bad boy Lane and decides to temporarily abandon her professorial responsibilities and head out. When she arrives, she finds herself involved in an art heist at the Louvre, seeking advice from an elderly magician, and following clues in an illuminated manuscript. All this takes place in Paris, Mont St Michel, and delightfully creepy subterranean crypts.
It’s no coincidence that Jaya’s last name is Jones. She’s the modern-day, female, Indian-American Indiana Jones I didn’t know I needed in my life. Pandian is adept at incorporating historical information and details without resorting to long expositional passages, making for a layered read of adventure, history, and not-quite-too-much romance. Constant plot twists make for a fun read.
Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.