Comments & Reviews
Winner 2012 Editors
Choice Award... featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Barrie's bestseller for 2013.
A well-plotted crime & murder mystery with twists,
surprises and a stunning finale... quite superb - and a deserving
Judges Citation September 2012
of the year's gems.... An excellent mystery worthy of the ilk of a Paterson,
enjoyed the book from cover to cover, often finding it
difficult to put down.... my rambling review did not do it justice..
Robert Campbell, Daily Telegraph
good mystery with an ingenious robbery and a murder or two
thrown in, add La Coccinelle, Europe's best cat burglar and
the urbane and deadly Paul Mouton... mix a little insurance
fraud and you have a great novel. It suffered a little in several scenes in Paris but overall
reading! David E. Frost, Monaco
worthy successor to TO STEAL A LADY. Great story, same
characters. A good read!
John T, NY
Coccinelle - the Ladybird - Paul and Gerard Colbert, and a
well-planned heist was expected but the involvement of the
Russian mafia, the girls and then the French SSD - three or
four plots all woven into one incredibly good story. Four stars is not enough."
P J Robbins, Review Editor, First Editions, New York
The Diamond Exhibition at the British Geological Museum was today closed after the robbery of
the priceless Meyer Necklace. A Scotland Yard spokesman would not comment on the investigation except to say that various lines of enquiry were being explored...''
She centred the White Star of Africa into the cleft of her breasts, adjusting the three strands until
they lay perfectly, before marvelling at the increased effect. Lady Winton sat quietly at her dressing table, almost as though in a trance. Her eyes stared unseeingly into the ornate, gold-framed mirror.
A shadow dulled the reflection, slowly encompassing her completely.
A tiny smile parted her lips.
The fabulous necklace again sparkled under the flickering lights of the chandelier and the two lamps, one each side of the marble top. Thousands of dancing fires in every hue and tone blazed from the uncounted facets of the six hundred diamonds. The ring of stones surrounding and the
centrepiece diamond flashed around her, alive with the colours and
refracted lights of the rainbow.
Her maid knocked softly. When there was no reply she entered quietly.
Mesmerised, she hesitated before asking, 'Do you require any assistance with the necklace, m'lady?'
With no answer, she touched her employer lightly on the shoulder. The shadow seemingly encasing her, disappeared instantly. The maid screamed.
Lady Winton was dead.
The Curse of the Diamonds!
thrilling sequel to the acclaimed Mona Lisa: The Virgin Mother
Edition March 2013
Second Edition May 2014
Third Edition 3 August 2014
ISBN 978 1481800860
Format:153 x 229 mm
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