A Jaya Jones Mystery Adventure by Gigi Pandian
Review: History professor Jaya Jones receives an cryptic letter from her old flame, Lane Peters, encouraging her to meet him in the City of Lights — Paris — even including a first class airline ticket and reservations at an exclusive hotel. Leaving San Francisco right now could mean forfeiting tenure at the college where she teaches, but she senses the trip may be worth the risk, in Quicksand, the third mystery adventure in this series by Gigi Pandian.
Lane had once been an art thief, but had given up the life. Or so Jaya thought. When she arrives in Paris, she opens her hotel room door to find Lane and another man named North. Lane is clearly surprised to see her; North isn't, as he had arranged for her trip to hold her hostage while he coerced Lane into stealing an object from the Louvre. Lane reluctantly agrees, but when one of his partners disappears, Jaya is forced into taking his place. The heist goes off as planned, and Lane delivers to North an illuminated piece of paper about the size of his hand wrapped in plastic. Jaya recognizes the piece, and realizes it has something to do with a long ago missing treasure. Now knowing North's ultimate objective, she decides to find it first.
Quicksand is a very entertaining entry in this series, with engaging characters on the hunt for treasure across France. Especially appealing is the 90-year-old Sebastien, a blind man who assists Jaya and Lane on their quest. The story is a blend of fact and fiction — an author's note elaborates more on this — which makes the journey all the more interesting and exciting. With plenty of action and historical intrigue, this adventure mystery is highly recommended.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Quicksand.
Acknowledgment: Henery Press provided an ARC of Quicksand for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Quicksand: France
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Quicksand by Gigi Pandian — A Jaya Jones Mystery Adventure
Publisher: Henery Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: March 2015
List Price: $15.95
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