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Murder Is Not A Girl's Best Friend by Rob Bates
Book 2: The Diamond District Mystery Series
Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: February 8, 2022
Format: Paperback - 204 pages
Kindle - 834 KB
Nook - 2 MB
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Buy The Series: The Diamond District Mystery Series
Book 1: A Murder Is Forever
Book 2: Murder Is Not A Girl's Best Friend
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Journalist-turned-amateur-sleuth Mimi Rosen is back with her father Max for another action-packed tale of murder and intrigue in New York City’s Diamond District.
A Reverend from Africa has found a sparkling $20 million diamond that he hopes will free his continent from the scourge of blood diamonds. But this attempt to do good soon turns very bad. After the diamond is stolen and leads to a series of murders, Mimi discovers both the diamond and the Reverend have a less-than-sparkling history.
Soon, Mimi is investigating a web of secrets involving a shady billionaire, a corrupt politician, Africa’s diamond fields, offshore companies, as well as an activist, filmmaker, computer genius, and police detective who may or may not be as noble as they appear. Is the prized gem actually a blood diamond?
My Book Review:
In Murder Is Not A Girl's Best Friend, book two of The Diamond District Mystery Series, author Rob Bates transports the reader to New York City's Diamond District located on 47th Street between Fifth and Six Avenues, for another intriguing mystery story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.
Just when Mimi Rosen thinks she won't be pulled into another murder investigation, she finds herself once again putting on her amateur sleuth hat, and finds out that Murder Is Not A Girl's Best Friend.
Mimi Rosen is a journalist turned amateur sleuth, who for the past year has worked as the bookkeeper at her father's gem store, Max Rosen Diamond Company. When Abraham Boasberg, a prominent diamond dealer is murdered in his office and a rare and valuable 66 carat polished diamond with a D Flawless grade goes missing, Brandon Walters, a human rights activist who exposes the diamond industry's dark business is accused and arrested for his murder and the stolen diamond. Mimi is requested to help with Brandon's defense, and to investigate the murder case, and find the valuable diamond.
What looks like a classic murder case is anything but that when Mimi starts to dig into the diamond industry. The more Mimi digs into the diamond dealing business and the diamond industry, the more she finds out about corruption within the industry, and she is warned to leave it alone, but she is determined to reveal the truth and find the murderer, and hopefully locate the diamond as well.
Author Rob Bates weaves a slow-building and suspenseful tale that follows Mimi's investigation to uncover the truth behind the murder of the diamond dealer and the location of the diamond. I loved reading this action-packed story. Mimi's observations and digging during the investigation kept me intrigued as she slowly put the pieces of the mystery puzzle together.
The reader will be easily drawn into this richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as long hidden secrets, family dramas, a growing list of possible suspects, motives, and clues are uncovered, while leaving the reader completely shocked by the surprise ending.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the author's rich description of New York City's Diamond District, and I was fascinated by the background into the Jewish culture and community, who are the mainstay of the diamond industry on 47th Street.
I look forward to hopefully reading more of Mimi's amateur sleuth investigative adventures in The Diamond District Mystery Series.
Rob Bates has written about the diamond industry for over 25 years. He is currently the news director of JCK, the leading publication in the jewelry industry, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary. He has won 12 editorial awards, and been quoted as an industry authority in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on National Public Radio. He is also a comedy writer and performer, whose work has appeared on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment, comedycentral.com, and McSweeneys He has also written for Time Out New York, New York Newsday, and Fastcompany.com. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.
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