Thursday, March 19, 2015

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Quicksand

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (March 10, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962275

Sub-Genre Tags: Amateur Sleuths, Capers/Heists, Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery
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.


Quicksand is the first book by Gigi Pandian that I've read and I was really blown away by it. This isn't your typical cozy mystery. It's much more than that.

Jaya is a really smart heroine that you will really connect with. The book centers around an art heist, an old flame and Paris.

The chemistry between Jaya and Lane is electric. I wish there were a little more romance to the book, but that's not really a gripe, its more me feeling sorry for Jaya, who didn't get much alone time with the guy she's really attracted to.

The art heist keeps you on the edge of your seat, but that is only just the beginning of this story. One of Lane's associates ends up missing, and it looks like something really bad has happened to him and once they have things settled with North (the guy that's sort of blackmailing them into working for him) they start a quest to find out how he was involved. That leads them to Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is really an intriguing place on its own. When you add a treasure hunt in underground crypts, that makes it even more so.

I also loved the character Sebastian, that we are introduced to here. He is a friend of Sanjay's he helps them in their quest to find the secrets hidden there. Sebastian is a fabulous older man, just the sort of man that makes things interesting, especially as he's ready to jump right into the adventure. He's not doing anything from an armchair.

The story starts out a little bit slow, but once Jaya arrives in Paris, things pick up and they move full throttle until you've turned the last page.

This is a real edge of your seat story.

A must read series!!!

Rating: 5 flowers

Gigi Pandian b&w headshot 14 webres RGBAbout This 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 academics wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, and Quicksand). Gigi’s debut mystery novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine. Her short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards, and she also writes the new Accidental Alchemist mystery series.
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holdenj said...

The picture of Mont St. Michel is beautiful. Can't wait to read Jaya's adventure. Thanks!

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