QuicksandI don’t usually rob museums. Really, I don’t. Especially not the Louvre. Yet here I am in Paris, wearing a disguise and waiting for the signal.

Perhaps I should back up.

I’m Dr. Jaya Jones, a professor of history in San Francisco. I specialize in India’s colonial history, so I’ve gotten roped into a couple of treasure hunts for lost Indian treasures. But I’ve always been on the right side of the law. I’ve always handed the treasures I’ve found to the proper authorities.

Until now.

How did I get here? It’s the start of spring semester and I’m supposed to be teaching three history courses to undergrads by day, and playing sets of tabla music at the Tandoori Palace by night, with my best friend Sanjay accompanying me on the sitar. Sanjay is probably world’s worst sitar player, but it doesn’t really matter, since we just play for fun. And besides, Raj and I lower the volume on his microphone. Sanjay’s day job is a magician, and that’s where he excels. Maybe you’ve heard of him by his stage name, The Hindi Houdini.

Right now, I should be asleep in my bed after a long day of teaching and a coffee/gossip break with librarian Tamarind Ortega. The only drama in my life should be vivid dreams caused by extra-spicy dinners eaten in between sets of music at the restaurant. I’m not supposed to be on the other side of the world enabling a theft at the world’s most famous museum.

No, I haven’t lost my mind and gone over to the dark side. There’s a very good reason I’m aiding and abetting the theft of a teeny tiny item. . .

I only hope I’m right.

My heart is racing, but if I’m honest with myself, this is the most alive I’ve felt in years. Traveling across France from Paris to the wondrous Les Machines de l’île in Nantes to the ancient fortress of Mont Saint-Michel, with the man I’m falling for at my side, I know that anything is possible.

With the help of ex-thief Lane Peters and Sanjay’s 90-year-old magician friend Sebastien, I’m going to set this right.

You can read more about Jaya in Quicksand, the 3rd book in the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series, published by Henery Press. The first book in the series is Artifact (winner of the Malice Domestic Grant); the second book in the series is Pirate Vishnu (currently nominated for the Rose Award at Left Coast Crime).

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About the author
Gigi Pandian is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mystery series (Artifact, Pirate Vishnu, and Quicksand and the new Accidental Alchemist mysteries (The Accidental Alchemist). Gigi’s debut mystery novel was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” debut mystery by Suspense Magazine, and her short fiction has been short-listed for Agatha and Macavity awards. Gigi spent her childhood being dragged around the world by her cultural anthropologist parents, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi is the 2015 winner of the “Rose Award” for best mystery novel set in the Left Coast Crime region.

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