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-a-half-foot gargoyle—not to mention a master of French cuisine—and he needs Zoe’s expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Includes recipes!
Deciphering an ancient alchemy book is more difficult than Zoe Faust bargained for. She’d much rather be gardening and exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon—but time is running out for living gargoyle Dorian Robert-Houdin. If Zoe isn’t able to unlock the alchemy book’s secrets soon, the French gargoyle will remain awake but trapped in stone forever. Includes recipes!
Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it’s up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. From Portland to Paris, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life. Includes recipes!
A thousand-year-old secret room, a sultan’s stolen treasure, and an invitation to Paris to rekindle an old flame leads to historian Jaya Jones finding herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre.
A 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, lead Jaya and her brother to the heart of Italy.
A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers and a treasure from the colonial era leads Jaya and her best friend Sanjay, aka The Hindi Houdini, to Kyoto, Japan.
Long-listed for the ALA (American Library Association) 2018 Reading List.
A locked-room mystery at a Paris mansion. A supposed ghost haunting a French family who looted treasure from Cambodia. A reclusive thriller author writing a novel in honor of historian Jaya Jones—is it a work of fiction or a devious device to lure Jaya into solving a chilling mystery?
A treasure trove of nine locked room mysteries, with an Introduction from New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King and a Foreword from impossible crime mystery historian Douglas G. Greene. Appearing here for the first time, Derringer Award-winning novelette The Cambodian Curse.
An unsolved murder from the 1930s. A ghost story to explain the impossible crime. A dead man in the haunted library. And no way for the authorities to reach the survivors until the snowstorm clears…
A snowstorm waylays Jaya Jones and Tamarind Ortega. It seems almost too good to be true that they find rooms for the night in beautiful old inn—until they find a dead man clutching an Agatha Christie novel in the secluded hotel’s library. Worse yet, Tamarind is accused of the crime. To clear her friend, Jaya must delve into the history of the hotel’s haunted library. The present-day mystery is eerily similar to a mysterious unsolved death in the 1930s—could it be the work of the library’s avenging ghost?
“The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn is pitch perfect on every level. Wow, I loved this story.”
“The Curse of Cloud Castle” appears in the Asian Pulp anthology, published in July 2015 by Pro Se Productions.
“The Curse of Cloud Castle” is a locked-room mystery featuring Sanjay Rai, the Indian-American stage magician who performs as The Hindi Houdini. Sanjay is invited to perform his show at an old friend’s birthday party on a supposedly haunted island off the coast of California, and “the curse of cloud castle” plays out when one of the guests is murdered. But is the culprit a ghost, or an ingenious person who has pulled off the perfect crime?
Tempest in a Teapot
“Tempest in a Teapot” appears in Ladies Night, the Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Chapter anthology, published by Down & Out Books in June of 2015.
“Tempest in a Teapot” is an impossible crime mystery featuring a new character from the Jaya Jones world: Tempest Mendez, a magician friend of Sanjay’s.
“The Haunted Room” is an impossible crime story featuring Jaya Jones and her landlady Nadia solving a seemingly impossible series of thefts from San Francisco’s history.
A Dark and Stormy Light
“A Dark and Stormy Light” appears in the Malice Domestic Murder Most Conventional anthology.
Jaya Jones is attending a history convention at a hotel where a mystery convention is also taking place. Can Jaya and a famous mystery novelist solve the impossible crime that baffles the guests at the hotel?
The Hindi Houndini
Gigi’s locked-room mystery short story “The Hindi Houdini” was short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Short Story of 2013.
In “The Hindi Houdini,” magician Sanjay Rai, aka The Hindi Houdini, solves a locked room mystery at the Napa Valley winery theater where he performs.
If you’re reading the Jaya Jones series, you’ll recognize Sanjay, Jaya’s best friend. A magician and escape artist, Sanjay chose the moniker “The Hindi Houdini” because it paid homage to his Indian heritage and his favorite illusionist—and because he liked the rhyme better than Hindu Houdini.
“The Shadow of the River” is a locked-room mystery featuring Jaya Jones. It takes place before she was a history professor, back when she was a graduate student.
This was Gigi’s first published short story.
Fool’s Gold: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Novella
All historian Jaya Jones wants is a relaxing vacation in Scotland before starting her first year teaching college. But when a world-famous chess set is stolen from a locked room during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Jaya and her magician best friend, The Hindi Houdini, must outwit actresses and alchemists to solve the baffling crime.