Artifact by Gigi Pandian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was not only finely written and edited, but it was loads of fun to read. The characters were well developed and the locations so well described I could see them in my mind. I suddenly want to visit Scotland and eat kippers.
The main character, Jaya, was my favorite kind of heroine: intelligent, professional, attractive, and independent. She is surrounded by men that want to be with her, but she determines her own fate.
Each plot in this series is a treasure hunt. In this book the treasure is antique Indian jewels hidden in a Pict archeological dig. There is an array of interesting secondary characters and I am sure that some of them will be in future books in the series.
While Artifact is a mystery there is also history and romance. It works well as a stand alone novel, but the ending leads nicely into the next book.
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
This book is due to be released on August 6th.