Book Title: The Great Jewel Robbery: A Front Page Mystery Book 1 by
Category: Adult Fiction, 204 pages
Genre: Cozy mystery
Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna
Release date: May 28, 2019
Tour dates: August 19-30, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is no profanity. There is drinking, desire, and a kiss.)
Mystery with a splash of romance…Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.
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What was supposed to be a weekend job of photos and reporting on the rich and famous charity auction, turns out to be more adventure than best friends Emma and Grace had bargained for.
Told from Emma's point of view we get her thoughts about the ritzy house to the guests that have arrived. I like that the author put a real human spin on the super rich. Letting us in their family squabbles and letting us see that they are human just like the rest of us and some even have financial problems.
When some very expensive jewels that were just auctioned off goes missing, everyone at the party becomes a suspect: the guests, the help, and even Emma and Grace. Grace is trying to get her boss to let her be an investigative reporter, so she talks Emma into helping her find the culprit. This is where the real fun begins and like the girls, I was not sure who could have taken the jewels. Lots of people had motive, but it was certainly hard to find out who did it.
Enter a cute police officer who keeps butting heads with Emma thus sending off some romantic sparks. However, as the search begins heating up, Emma and Grace will find they are way over their heads in this crime.
This was a cute, clean mystery that had enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. The romance was cute and did not take over the story and I really liked getting everything from Emma's point of view.
I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Meet the Author:
Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write the historical romance novels Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life (she eventually married her first crush)
The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.
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