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Today I’m delighted to promote ‘Death Among the Diamonds’, by sharing my review of this book, but first I have some information
About the Author :
Fliss Chester was born in London and raised in the south east of England. She attended Guildford High School for Girls, and from there the University of York where she studied Art History. If her degree taught her anything, it was how to describe a picture, so with that skill set in mind she talked her way into a career in sub-editing and spent many happy years captioning pictures (and maybe doing just a little bit more) on homes and lifestyle magazines.
Her first three books follow the romantic liaisons of Jenna Jenkins and are perfect get-away reads, especially if you like your books full of fun, glamour and naughtiness. With Jenna you’re never far from a hilarious mishap or cheeky quip, and her adventures will take you from the Alps, to a gorgeous Bordeaux chateau and finally to the glitz and splendour of Monte Carlo.
In 2019 Fliss started writing The Fen Churche Mysteries. These period whodunnits follow amateur sleuth Fenella Churche as she solves crimes straight after the second world war. She’s a heroine with gumption and a knack for seeing the world – and crimes – through the eyes of a crossword puzzler… so if you can’t solve your two across, you might need to work on your four down…
Fliss lives in a 17th-century cottage in Surrey with her husband and their very demanding cat.
About the Book :
Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder?
Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.
Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…
The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?
An absolutely gripping and utterly charming 1920s murder mystery packed with wit, glamour and intrigue. The perfect whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!
And now it’s finally time for my
Next to reading hard-boiled thrillers I also like reading a good cosy mystery now and then, especially when they’re set in the 1900s.
I guess they remind me of my love for Agatha Christie, who’s definitely the queen of writing about sleuths helping out the police.
This all said however, let’s talk about ‘Death Among the Diamonds’ by Fliss Chester and how this book was right up my alley.
First of all, did you see the beautiful cover?
I found it just splendid as it very much sparkles like a real diamond!
And a gem the story was, from beginning to finish, as I enjoyed being in the company of the Honourable Cressida Fawcett and her pug Ruby.
Definitely main characters who wiggled their way into my heart in just a couple of pages, so needless to say that I’m really looking forward to many more adventures together with them.
A wonderful beginning of a brand new series for me and I’m in luck as I don’t need to wait for long to read book 2!
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