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.
This was such a fun book to read while I was on vacation, lounging by the pool. Best friends Emma and Grace end up getting more from the charity event and auction than they ever anticipated: while wearing heels and evening gowns, they end up trying to discover who stole the diamond necklace by putting their emerging investigative skills to good use.
The story is told from the point of view of Emma, who is an athletic, no-nonsense gal who covers the Sports section for the Chigaco Tribune. Grace, on the other hand, comes from a very affluent family and covers the Life & Style section of the same newspaper. Together, they spend a weekend that turns exciting and downright dangerous as the thief among the guests has plans that go awry.
Emma and Grace are likable and easy to relate to. I liked that it's a story that involves best friends. McKenna does a good job developing their different personalities and their close relationship with one another. This is a great start to McKenna's new cozy mystery series. It includes a little romance and a modern Clue-like mystery setting. If you're looking for a fun read, look no further.
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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