Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico
and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world
during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD
program for art school. But adventurous academic characters wouldn’t
stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery
Series. The first book in the series, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant, named a “Best of 2012″ debut novel by Suspense Magazine, and was a USA TODAY bestseller. The follow-up is Pirate Vishnu.
Gigi loves writing locked-room mystery short stories. Her latest, “The
Hindi Houdini,” is an Agatha Award nominee for Best Short Story.
Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can’t help but notice she’s picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle—not to mention a master of French cuisine—and he needs Zoe’s expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who’s trying to put her old life behind her, isn’t so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past . . . until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.
A 2016 Lefty Award winner for Best LCC Regional Mystery
“This reviewer is eagerly anticipating more from this series, and a return of a cast more fun than an episode of Portlandia.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS 1/2
“Pandian . . . launches a supernatural cozy series that hits high marks for a modern twist on an ancient practice. Amusing supporting characters and historical details solidify this engaging mystery.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL
"[A] lighthearted supernatural mystery . . . Pandian sets this series apart from other fluffy paranormal mysteries with Zoe's cute nonhuman sidekick and some mouthwatering vegan recipes."—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"A whimsical and charming supernatural mystery."—MYSTERY SCENE
“What really makes this book stand out, however, is the originality . . . Pandian has managed to create an eccentric and charming cast of characters readers are going to want to spend more time with.”—RT BOOK REVIEWS ONLINE
"The Accidental Alchemist is a recipe for a great read. Gigi Pandian’s pen never disappoints."—JULIET BLACKWELL, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY SERIES
“Mysterious, captivating, and infused with the rich history of the Northwest . . . fantastic.”—PORTLAND BOOK REVIEW
"A magical, whimsical cozy that will delight readers who enjoy Juliet Blackwell and Heather Weber mysteries!" —AVERY AAMES, AKA DARYL WOOD GERBER, AUTHOR OF THE CHEESE SHOP MYSTERIES
"Zoe and Dorian are my new favorite amateur-sleuth duo!" —VICTORIA LAURIE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
"Readers won't want to put this book down."—Vegetarian Journal
When Zoe gives herself a rare night out to attend a classic magic show, she realizes the stage magicians are much more than they seem. A murder at the theater leads back to a string of unsolved robberies and murders in Portland’s past, and a mystery far more personal than Zoe and Dorian ever imagined.
"People who enjoy character driven stories with mystery, magic, supernatural creatures, and historical intrigue will greatly enjoy this inventive, well-written tale."—Portland Book Review
"A fine, whimsical, paranormal book . . . this plot certainly holds your attention."—Suspense Magazine
"[The Masquerading Magician] is enjoyable and holds together quite nicely."—Reviewing the Evidence
"Pandian's imaginative third Accidental Alchemist mystery . . . will please those who like their cozies filled with magic."—Publishers Weekly
"The unbelievable premise is no problem given the inventive powers of Pandian."—Kirkus Reviews
"Pandian writes fun, light-hearted mysteries and is an expert at developing sympathetic characters, both major and minor."—Bustle
"A quirky, incredible series . . . The characters are immensely unique and the writing is A+, so you won't want to miss a word."—Suspense Magazine