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Under Lock & Skeleton Key
Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery | Gigi Pandian
14 posts | 14 read | 13 to read
Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted. An impossible crime. A family legacy. The intrigue of hidden rooms and secret staircases. After a disastrous accident derails Tempest Rajs career, and life, she heads back to her childhood home in California to comfort herself with her grandfathers Indian home-cooked meals. Though she resists, every day brings her closer to the inevitable: working for her fathers company. Secret Staircase Construction specializes in bringing the magic of childhood to all by transforming clients homes with sliding bookcases, intricate locks, backyard treehouses, and hidden reading nooks. When Tempest visits her dads latest renovation project, her former stage double is discovered dead inside a wall thats supposedly been sealed for more than a century. Fearing she was the intended victim, its up to Tempest to solve this seemingly impossible crime. But as she delves further into the mystery, Tempest cant help but wonder if the Raj family curse thats plagued her family for generationssomething she used to swear didnt existhas finally come for her.
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NataliePatalie
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Mehso-so

This was ok, but not as exciting as I hoped. Maybe cozy mysteries aren't my thing. 6/10.
@Blueberry

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Clwojick
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My first two planned books for #ThingsInCommon ❤️

RED COVERS

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Amie
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Mehso-so

Too slow-moving for me. I skipped most of the 2nd half and just read the last few chapters.

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SW-T
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Pickpick

Giving this a pick because I liked the locked room mystery angle and the diverse cast. There were a lot of subplots and the story itself was kind of uneven, but often first books are rough as the author finds their footing and learns the new characters and setting. Overall, a decent cozy.

#cozymystery

Hooked_on_books Cool cover! They really made it look 3-dimensional! 11mo
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SW-T
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Been on a good reading streak lately. Was trying to decide what to close out the year on and thought I‘d start the tagged.

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PageShifter
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Panpan

Characters could have been more fleshed out - now this felt like there was more telling and less showing.

I loved the family with several magicians and all those secret doors & hidden places. But the writing made this still feel a bit dry and boring.

I think the story itself was okay and it was interesting to see how the mystery would get solved. But I think this was way too long for this amount of action.

#Spookoween2022 #SeriesRead2022

TheSpineView Awesome 13mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️ 🔑 13mo
Eggs Clever ☠️🖤👏🏻 13mo
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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

This first in a new series by Pandian, framed around a locked room mystery, has a bit more heft than many cozies. We meet Tempest Raj after she flees Las Vegas for home following the spectacular failure of her latest magic show; a failure that may be related to the family curse, “the eldest dies by magic.” A pretty good tale, but there are almost
too many story arcs as the author struggles to introduce the new series. Sometimes less is more.

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julieclair
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@Avanders Your lovely package containing the tagged book arrived a couple of days ago. 😀 Looking forward to diving in!
#LMPBC Round 15 #GroupM @Kdgordon88 @MaleficentBookDragon @suvata #CozyMysteries #Cozies

Avanders !! I thought I responded to this, but apparently not! I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying the book 🤗 1y
julieclair @Avanders I finished it yesterday and enjoyed it thoroughly! 1y
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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

#ThingsinCommon

Unfortunately didn‘t love this book like I wanted to. It was recommended by Deanna Raybourn and Anna Lee Huber (2 of my favs). But I was exhausted by this book. It was so repetitive and just felt so long. It was interesting to read a book about a magician and Indian/Scottish family. But just didn‘t love it.

Cinfhen Yay for recipes!!!! Sorry it was a disappointment but I read & loved the other book set in SF 2y
Clwojick 👏🏻💖👏🏻 2y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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My first published review is in this month‘s Library Journal! 🥰

RaeLovesToRead Yay!!! 😄 2y
UwannaPublishme How cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Bette This is so cool. I just started this and am enjoying it so much! 😊 2y
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PatriciaU
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Pickpick

I found Gigi Pandian‘s books through another favorite author - Juliet Blackwell - and was thrilled to find a new series featuring two of my favorite things: magicians and hidden staircases/rooms. Pandian introduces Tempest Raj, the youngest in a line of magicians on her mother‘s side and artists and builders on her father‘s side. Tempest is an appealing, sassy, smart female lead who has tremendous potential to grow through the series.

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Preciouz29
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First in a new series, with secret staircases and magic! It was quite long, so as to setup a lot of other longer term mysteries, but I‘m intrigued enough to see what book 2 brings.

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Matilda
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Very good #bookmail

EvieBee This sounds wonderful! 2y
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