Date With a Sheesha: A Russell Quant Mystery

…a death in an exotic spice market…from the glitz of Dubai to the choking sand storms of Arabia…bitter endings threaten new beginnings…

Neil Gupta travelled to the Middle East to buy carpets. Instead, in a dim corner of an exotic spice market, his lifeless body is found wrapped up in one.

From the glitzy, flamboyant, mega-high rises of Dubai, to the frankincense fields of Oman and scorching sand dunes of Saudi Arabia, PI Russell Quant is on one heckuva magical carpet ride; one that skids to a deadly halt on the frozen surface of a Saskatchewan pond.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Russell prepares to face the killing heat, choking sand storms, and pungent, dead-black nights of Arabia. Attempting to find out why Neil Gupta was killed, Quant embarks upon a perilous journey that pits him against a deceitful Bedouin sheikh, shifty souk merchants, a snooty museum curator, quirky antique carpet enthusiasts, and an underground club for “fabulous men”.

As Russell’s spicy foreign adventure heats up, he learns valuable lessons about love, life, and learning to seize the moment…before it all disappears like smoke from a genie’s lamp. On the verge of solving his sizzling mystery, Russell finds himself making the biggest personal decision of his life, and discovering that sometimes, bitter endings pave the way for new beginnings.


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See the photographs that inspired Date With a Sheesha.


Date with a Sheesha (2010)
ISBN: 978-15548312-9-6 (Paperback)
ASIN: B003JBI3HY (eBook)

2010 McNally Robinson Saskatchewan #1 Fiction Bestseller

2010 Winner Rainbow Award for Best Mystery/Thriller

2011 Named American Library Association GLBT Round Table Over The Rainbow – Top Mystery