Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Quicksand by Gigi Pandian

Author Gigi Pandian

on Tour April 20-29 with


Quicksand: A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery

(cozy mystery) Release date: March 10, 2015 at Henery Press 280 pages ISBN: 9781941962275


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 an unusual, adventure-filled cozy mystery.  I found the intelligent characters and the emphasis on history very appealing.  The historical elements of this book, like the thousand year old secret room and the illuminated manuscript, were fascinating.

Jaya Jones is a great protagonist.  She reminds me of a female Indiana Jones.  I enjoyed her relationship with Lane, and loved reading about her adventures in Paris.

This is the first book I have read in this series, and it worked fine as a standalone mystery (although I do want to read the other books now!).

The descriptions were vivid and the characterizations were especially strong.  The pace is fast and lively, with lots of twists and turns.  I enjoyed Gigi Pandian's writing style.  I look forward to reading more of her books, and recommend Quicksand to other cozy mystery fans. 

 Gigi PandianUSA 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. She takes photos of gargoyles wherever she goes, and posts them on her Gargoyle Girl blog. Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter Subscribe to her newsletter Visit her Gargoyle photography blog: Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Itunes | Google Play 


You can enter the global giveaway here or on any other book blogs participating in this tour. Be sure to follow each participant on Twitter/Facebook, they are listed in the entry form below.


Visit each blogger on the tour: tweeting about the giveaway everyday of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time! [just follow the directions on the entry-form] Global giveaway open internationally: 1 winner will receive a print copy of the 3 books in the

Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mysteries Series

plus a beautiful set of recipe cards matching the 3 books! Yes, you got that right: 1 winner will win the 3 books + recipe cards!


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I received this book from France Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Anonymous said...

thanks for your very nice review. Another good series to follow! Emma at FBT

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks, Emma! I look forward to reading more books in this series. - Trish