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QUICKSAND

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by Gigi Pandian
 

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series." - Publishers Weekly

"Quicksand has all the ingredients I love-intrigue, witty banter, and a twisty mystery that hopscotches across France!" - Sara Rosett, Author of the Ellie Avery Mystery Series and the

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series." - Publishers Weekly

"Quicksand has all the ingredients I love-intrigue, witty banter, and a twisty mystery that hopscotches across France!" - Sara Rosett, Author of the Ellie Avery Mystery Series and the On the Run Suspense Series

"With a world-class puzzle to solve and riveting plot twists to unravel, Quicksand had me on the edge of my seat for the entire book...Don't miss one of the best new mystery series around!" - Kate Carlisle, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Bibliophile Mysteries

"An excellent mystery with enough twists to keep even the most seasoned mystery buff interested...highly recommended!" - Any Good Book

"A joy-filled ride of suspenseful action, elaborate scams, and witty dialogue. The villains are as wily as the heroes, and every twist is intelligent and unexpected, ensuring that this is a novel that will delight lovers of history, romance, and elaborate capers." - Kings River Life Magazine

A thousand-year-old secret room. A sultan's stolen treasure. A missing French priest. And an invitation to Paris to rekindle an old flame....

Historian Jaya Jones finds herself on the wrong side of the law during an art heist at the Louvre. To redeem herself, she follows clues from an illuminated manuscript that lead from the cobblestone streets of Paris to the quicksand-surrounded fortress of Mont Saint-Michel. With the help of enigmatic Lane Peters and a 90-year-old stage magician, Jaya delves into France's colonial past in India to clear her name and catch a killer.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), cozy mysteries, murder mystery series, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, international mysteries.

Books in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series:

FOOL'S GOLD (prequel novella in OTHER PEOPLE'S BAGGAGE)
ARTIFACT (#1)
PIRATE VISHNU (#2)
QUICKSAND (#3)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Author Bio: USA Today bestselling author 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 and named a "Best of 2012" debut novel by Suspense Magazine. Gigi's short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards. Find her online at www.gigipandian.com.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/26/2015
In Pandian’s lively and humorous third Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery (after 2014’s Private Vishnu), a letter and plane ticket purportedly from former art thief Lane Peters sends San Francisco history professor Jaya to Paris. There, one of Lane’s former associates forces him into a plot to rob the Louvre; Jaya must reluctantly insist on participating. When Jaya realizes the significance of the artifact to be stolen—a page from an illuminated manuscript—she and Lane determine to thwart the others involved in the theft. A coded message from Sanjay, Jaya’s magician friend back in San Francisco, helps her locate Sébastien: a remarkably energetic 90-year-old with a brilliant mind, a houseful of amazing automatons, and a set of invaluable skills to help them in their quest. Charming characters, a hint of romantic conflict, and just the right amount of danger will garner more fans for this cozy series. Agent: Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Library Journal
03/01/2015
Historian, or "treasure hunter," Jaya Jones returns in her third adventure (after Pirate Vishnu) but this time she's running from the law after an art heist at the Louvre goes awry. Trying to clear her name in France, Jaya turns to clues from a strange illuminated manuscript, which takes her from the Parisian streets to the titular quicksand of Mont Saint-Michel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781941962275
Publisher:
Henery Press
Publication date:
03/10/2015
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
344,623
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author 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 and named a “Best of 2012? debut novel by Suspense Magazine. Gigi’s short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards. Find her online at www.gigipandian.com.

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QUICKSAND 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ErinOhio More than 1 year ago
I was entranced by the covers in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series, as soon as I first heard about Quicksand and realized it was the third book in the series. So that said, I haven’t read the first book, Artifact, or the second book, Pirate Vishnu yet, though their covers and blurbs entice me! I did read Quicksand for review, though, so let’s start there by saying that I didn’t feel too lost in reading only it, though as in any series with the same lead protagonist, I’m sure it’s always better to read them all for extra connectivity to character(s). Yet, the mysteries themselves in each book are standalone. Jaya, the main female lead and historian, receives a letter from Lane, an old love interest she met previously and fell for hard, with a plane ticket to France enclosed and a request for her to meet him there. She goes against her better judgement and is talked into helping him steal something from the Louvre. There is a double mystery, one solved early on, in which Jaya put together clues to figure out the stolen item, and one later, in which witty, determined, and intelligent Jaya helps to stop one enormous archaeological theft. Of course, she’s helped by sidekick Lane and an old magician, Sébastien. Much of this story takes place on the island of Mont Saint Michel, which is an interesting fortress located off the coast of Normandy, France. I thought the setting was fun and ingenious. Pandian writes well-researched historical mysteries that intertwine many cool places into a suspense mystery and an action-filled adventure. I have heard her described as being similar to Elizabeth Peters, one of my favorite authors, and yet, I feel that Pandian writes with even more flow, flair, magic, suspense, and the ability to hold a higher level of interest for modern readers of all ages. This book would appeal to teenage readers as well as adults for its clean romance and zippy action. It’s like Tomb Raider meets The Librarians or a female version of the Young Indiana Jones. Her magical elements make her story even more unique and on top of all that she plots in twists and turns to keep us on our toes. Jaya and Lane are well-developed characters. Jaya is a very courageous lead and I could fully engage with her. However, I also enjoyed her characterization of the French magician in this story! He added an extra element to the story. As well, the villain in this story, North, was entertaining and balanced out the cast. Overall, I can fondly say that Pandian’s Quicksand had some of all the major elements of a book to love. I can’t wait to go back and read the others, plus anything else that she writes in the future. This book was a captivating, energized ride to historical and cultural places ripe with mystery and suspense. Pandian’s characters seem like old friends more than just mere characters on a page.
AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
Jaya and Lane are reunited by a criminals from Lane's past. It is Lane's worst nightmare. This was the reason he left Jaya and kept his distance. Under duress they are both involved in the theft at the Louvre. Realizing exactly what they had done, the couple, with the help of a 90 year old magician, set out to thwart the criminals and gain their freedom. I am looking forward to more stories in this series and hopefully more Jaya and Lane. They truly are a wonderful team.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Action Adventure/Female Sleuth I received as complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. As I started reading Quicksand by Gigi Pandian, I was somehow reminded of the beginning of the song Que Sera Sera, mostly because when I was a little girl I wanted to be a globe-trotting historian who solved mysteries and was the female version of Indiana Jones. While I became something else when I grew up, I still get to live out my fantasies through books and even though I had not read the two previous books in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series, I was able to read and enjoy this book on its own. If you like quirky characters, solving mysteries and a touch of romance, then you’re going to want to read this book. Settled in San Francisco and hoping on the tenure track at a local university, historian Jaya Jones knows she should be happy but she still feels as if something is missing. When a letter with first class ticket to Paris arrives from Lane Peters, a somewhat recent fling, she’s not sure if she should go but lets her friends, and her boss, talk her into going for “research” purposes. Only when she arrives in Paris things are worse than she could have imagined and she finds herself being blackmailed into helping commit a crime. Ms. Pandian does a good job developing her characters throughout the story; I easily connected with Jaya and found her smart, funny and adventuresome, which can sometimes lead to trouble. The secondary characters were also well developed and I found Jaya’s friends colorful and a good fit for her intellect and personality (one even plays a Sitar, though she states he does it badly). While I liked Lane Peters character, and the touch of romance was nice, his past led to all sorts of issues (hello blackmail!) and I’m not sure he’ll ever be able to walk away from it. The two mysteries were well developed and took plenty of twists and turns and kept things interesting. The story’s pace was good and there was plenty of action, both verbally and physically. The villains were colorful and added just the right amount of tension to the story. I enjoyed reading Jaya’s exploits as she stumbles across clues and discoveries while trying to make sure she and Lane come out of this adventure alive and free from the police. Will Jaya uncover the mystery behind the stolen item? Will she make an important archeological discovery at the same time? You’ll have to read Quicksand to find out, I enjoyed it and plan to go back and read the previous books, Artifact and Pirate Vishnu to see what other adventures Jaya has gotten into.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and now that I have read this one I want to go back and read the rest of the series.  You can read this book as a stand alone book even though it is part of a series. This book reads very quickly – in fact I read it in is just a couple of days. Even though it does read fast it is packed with plenty of adventure. I liked that there was not only mystery but some romance and history as well. You can tell the author did her research for the historical part of this book. Jaya is a great female lead character. I really liked her. Jaya and Lane have a good relationship and you will see that as the story goes along. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries you will enjoy this book. This book would be appropriate for teens to read as well. 
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
Historian Jaya Jones has settled in San Francisco when she gets a letter from Lane Peters, an old fling, with a ticket to Paris. She has her doubts about going, she has a great job and leaving in the start of the term isn't the best thing, but in the end thanks to a little help from a friend she is able to leave her job for a week to see Lane again. But of course, nothing goes as planned... I had no problems getting into the story even though this is the third book in the series and the first one that I read. This is a wonderful cozy mystery book with a fantastic main character; Jaya Jones. Actually a lot of fantastic characters. We have her friends Tamarind and Sanjay back in San Francisco. Tamarind is a librarian and Sanjay magicians. Then, of course there is Lane Peters, he just happens to be a very good thief and now someone needs his help and they think leverage in the form of blackmail against Jaya is a perfect idea. So Lane and Jaya must help the criminal North with a theft. Finally, have we Sébastien an old magician that helps Lane and Jaya when they are in France. The story was wonderful and a page turner and I found it amusing to read about Mont Saint Michel again. Never read about the place before, but this is the second book this year I read about when the story takes place on the island. The story was wonderful and a page turner and I found it amusing to read about Mont Saint Michel again. Never read about the place before this year, but this is the second book that brings up the place and where much of the story takes place. Also, even though I enjoyed all the characters I must admit that I found North to do the most intriguing, yes I know he is the baddie, but he was such a wonderful character and I do have a bit of a weakness for great baddies. So, I like him and I hope to read about him more in future books. In the end I want to say that Gigi Pandian has written a book that really suited me and if you like I like cozy mystery books, then I would recommend checking out this book and the rest of the books in the series. I'm lucky, I already own the first two books! 4.5 stars
Melinda_H More than 1 year ago
One incredibly smart narrative with highly intelligent characters. I found both narrative and characters quite appealing. The plot has an interactive feeling with undeniably charismatic characters, you try to solve the mystery with them every step of the way. Fabulous historical elements cement the solidity of the storyline. Sébastien quickly became my favorite, his zest for life, his vibrant personality jumps off the pages. Jaya possesses all the ingredients for a standout female protagonist. I like Lane but I am rooting for Sanjay. Lane’s past seems impossible to escape, truthfully he comes across as insincere in turning over a new leaf, I sense hesitation. Ghosts from his past will manage to track him down and their demands place those in his life at risk. Jaya doesn’t seem the type attracted to bad boys, she’s far too pragmatic, Sanjay’s her best man. Exciting, fast paced, loads of fun. Very enjoyable sharp mystery.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Gigi Pandian has quite a knack. She create marvelous characters who have great adventures. If that isn't enough, she throws in twists and turns, things not being quite what they seem. It is a well crafted mix of historical facts and fictional embellishment and she does it well. Until I read the Author's note at the end, I couldn't tell you which elements were which. And it doesn't matter, because it all works.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Filled with illusions, automatons, and history, we embark on another adventure... Quicksand by Gigi Pandian The Third Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Once again I am swept away by Gigi Pandian. After five months with no word Lane sends Jaya a first class ticket to Paris to meet him. It's the start of the semester, she's fighting for tenure, how can she go? How can she not go? Instead of a romantic liaison, however, Jaya winds up in the middle of a con game, a major con, more dangerous than she could have imagined. Filled with illusions, automatons, and history, we embark on another adventure, this time leaving San Fransisco for France, but with Indian history ever in the forefront. Secrets long thought lost or buried surface and there are questions of trust. Can people ever change? Do we want them to? Will the truth bring us closer, or further apart? What is it we really want? Jaya explores all of these questions, and finds something within herself as well. I love the historical detail, even though some is fictional (and the author kindly points out fact from fiction in her author's note). The characters are so layered and discovering their truths even as they discover the truths about themselves and discover the truths about each other is fascinating. Fast paced, rich in detail, and with depth of character and story Quicksand is another great addition to the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery series. I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars I like Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries. Quicksand does keep up with the other two adventures. The setting wants to make we go and explore Paris, and other places it mentions in the story. Lots of drama, mystery, action & history thrown together to draw you into the action. Plus it is a clean read. Jaya Jones teaches history at the University for the second year. She has not seen or heard from Lane for five months. The new term has just started and she receives a plane ticket to go to Paris and meet him at a hotel. Jaya has no way to talk to him but to go. Lane has had to lay low and not contack Jaya. Lane used to be a thief. He has been trying to quit. He was teaching art when Jaya first met him. When Jaya gets to France and she sees someone holding a sign with her name on and does not trust him so she ignores him and finds her own way to the hotel. Jaya finds when she knocks on the room door that Lane was not expecting her. Someone else sent her the tickets. He is blackmailing Lane and Jaya to rob art at the Louvre. Lane & Jaya can't even talk alone because there room is bugged and camaras. They are never alone. It is fast paced story. The settings are Louvre, Mont Saint- Michel that is a fortress with quicksand around it. Lane & Jaya use their knowledge and skills to stop a thief from stealing a treasure and ruining the church. I did not want to put the book down. I will look for more books by Gigi Pandian in the future. I was given Quicksand to read so I could give it a honest review of it.
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
"Quicksand" by Gigi Pandian is the latest mystery that I've been devouring. It's official publishing date comes up in a few days, March 10, 2015. This is the second Gigi Pandian book I've read in the last few months and I am certainly not disappointed with this selection. This latest offering (volume 3) from Gigi Pandian continues her Jaya Jones series. Our main character is aptly described as a "female Indiana Jones". She is an historian working as a  professor in a San Francisco University but she's certainly always ready for any treasure hunt that has her delving into interesting artifacts, historical relics and mysterious clues. I enjoyed the ease that the author writes about historical situations, the reader can learn a little something without being overwhelmed with superfluous details that would weigh down the book In "Quicksand" Jaya has just started the University term and she's thrilled to find her students interested in what she's teaching them. This is why our heroine feels torn when she gets a letter and a plane ticket in the mail ostensibly from her newest love interest. Jaya loves teaching but  who could turn down a free trip to Paris especially when she'd love to reconnect with Lane, the man who sent the ticket. When Jones gives in and gets on the plane she inadvertently steps into a complicated and dangerous situation that just might ruin her career. "Quicksand" was a fun and interesting read that runs along at a good paste and keeps the reader guessing as to how the mystery will all end. If the two books I've read by this author are any indication of her usual prowess, I would have to highly recommend any book Gigi Pandian  writes. They're fun and easy to read, making them a good selection between heavier mysteries. Why not try this selection, it stands alone well, not requiring the reader to have indulged in the two previous selections in the Jaya Jones series.