The Raven Thief by Gigi Pandian

The Raven Thief by Gigi PandianThe Raven Thief by Gigi Pandian
Series: Secret Staircase Mystery #2
Published by Minotaur Books on March 21, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Also in this series: Under Lock and Skeleton Key

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About The Raven Thief

The Raven Thief is the second book in the contemporary mystery series, Secret Staircase featuring stage magician, Tempest Raj.

From the publisher: Secret Staircase Construction just finished their first project with Tempest officially a part of the team—a classic mystery novel-themed home interior. Their client is now ready to celebrate her new life without her cheating ex-husband, famous mystery author Corbin Colt. First up, a party, and Tempest and Grandpa Ash are invited to the exclusive mock séance to remove any trace of Corbin from the property—for good. It’s all lighthearted fun until Corbin’s dead body crashes the party.

The only possible suspects are the eight people around the séance table—a circle of clasped hands that wasn’t broken. Suspicion quickly falls on Grandpa Ash, the only one with actual blood on him. To prove her beloved grandfather’s innocence, Tempest must figure out what really happened—and how—or Ash will be cooking his delectable Indian and Scottish creations nevermore.

My thoughts about The Raven Thief

Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew fans, read The Raven Thief. Seriously! It’s a love letter to Golden Age mysteries. This book is stuffed to the gills with impossible events, sleight of hand, and my second favorite word – obfuscations! Fast-paced, puzzle-solving goodness interspersed with descriptions of delicious Indian fusion food cooked by Grandpa Ash. And appearances by Tempest’s bunny, Abra. Brilliantly crafted fair play mystery with multiple reveals at the end. I couldn’t put it down!

In closing

Thank you Minotaur Books for the ARC.

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About Gigi Pandian

Gigi Pandian is a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, breast cancer survivor, and accidental almost-vegan. She’s the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India, and spent her childhood traveling around the world on their research trips. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and a gargoyle who watches over the garden.

Gigi’s novels have been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and Agatha Christie. She writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, Quicksand, Michelangelo’s Ghost, The Ninja’s Illusion, and The Glass Thief), the Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist, The Masquerading Magician, The Elusive Elixir, and The Alchemist’s Illusion), and locked-room mystery short stories (many are collected in The Cambodian Curse & Other Stories).

Her debut novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a Best of 2012 Debut by Suspense Magazine, and her mysteries have also been awarded the Agatha, Rose, Lefty, and Derringer awards.

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