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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Death, Diamonds and Deception by Rosemary Simpson

1889 New York and Prudence Mackenzie has to grind her teeth and bear with the Lady Rotherton her Aunt from England who has come to especially escort and chaperone her on a season which hopefully (in her aunt's opinion) end up with a good match. For Prudence marriage is really not on her mind, not with those whom her aunt is associating with. Having solved one murder with the Pinkerton Agency, Prudence wants to use the intelligence she has been blessed with to do something with her life rather than a life of dances, balls and basicaly doing nothing. When a diamond necklace reputed to belong to Marie Antoinette is found to contain fake diamonds, the Agency is called in to discreetly follow up because the man who purchased the necklace believes the rogues are close to home in the form of his step son. Enquiries are put in place and when death comes closer it is obvious that someone does not really want too much of investigations to take place. Murder follows murder, followed by accidental deaths which seemed too coincidental to be accident and the pace hots up. All this amidst a huge social season. Very good detective work in the format of the era, alongside a budding romance and all the glamour of a New York season rolled into one. Very riveting read. Sent by Kensington Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

5 comments:

Literary Feline said...

I just need to see the mention of Pinkerton and it piques my interest. In real life the Pinkertons were quite controversial, and for good reason. Death, Diamonds and Deception sounds like something I would really enjoy.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds really good as does Irene's War below. I'd like to read a few more historical fiction books this year.

Blodeuedd said...

SOunds good. I could read this for sure

Yvonne said...

I do enjoy books set in New York and in this time period. It sounds like a good one.

Martha Eskuchen said...

I like stories about Pinkerton agents. I am noting this one for future reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And thanks for visiting my blog. Have a good week and happy reading!