"Death by Diamonds" By Kelly Rey: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of this book, and a link to purchase it.

“I hope you enjoy Kelly Rey! She's been my co-author for my Sherlock Holmes stories in the Marty Hudson Mysteries, and she'll actually be co-authoring an upcoming High Heels Mystery with me later this year as well. I love writing with her because she's so funny that I actually laugh out loud while working.”—Gemma Halliday

Jamie Winters is a thirty-something “first executive assistant” at the personal injury law firm of Parker, Dennis, and Heath, and if the cheesy ads might illustrate, a reputably-challenged...well, it’s not the best law firm in South New Jersey; they’ll take any case to make a buck. She is organizationally and financially-challenged, ok, sloppy and drives a questionably reliable Ford Escort. She rents a small apartment in a building run by Curt Emerson, a very handsome man who stars prominently in her daydreams and night dreams. Her late-teenaged sidekick Maizy, clad all in black with several body piercings, is Curt’s niece with questionable ideas of and connection to “thievery” along with an overly ambitious interest in murder. Together they make for an intriguing trio.

Jamie Winters Mysteries
Motion for Murder
Death of a Diva (Formerly Motion for Malice)
The Sassy Suspect (Formerly Motion for Madness)
Verdicts & Vixens
A Playboy in Peril
Death by Diamonds

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Death by Diamonds earns 4+/5 Sparkling Stones...Entertaining with a Edge!

“Diamonds are [not always] a girl’s best friend.”

Jamie Winters may have very adult feelings for her landlord and young friend Maizy’s Uncle Curt, but the dead woman on his back porch may put a damper on things. Maizy is overeager about investigating the situation as a murder, and the blood pooling beneath the woman’s head is suspicious, but murder? Maizy witnessed a hooded figure running away from the body, heard the woman mention her uncle’s name before she expired, and rifling through the victim’s pockets, Maizy discovered a bag of loose diamonds. Curt recognized the woman as Amber Freeling, someone he dated a couple of times ten years ago, and investigating reveals shady pawnshops, questionable husband, and so many seem set on retrieving the diamonds!

Fun! Kelly Rey sure has penned another entertaining Jamie Winters’s book with a bit of a delightful edge in tone and talk of Jamie’s inner desires. Starting with book six comes with its disadvantages, but soon personalities and connections were made clearer. Using a first-person narrative giving readers a vicarious role through Jamie’s perspective, Kelly’s easy-to-read style, organized in concise chapters, is well-written with descriptive language and expressive dialogue to illustrate the setting, characters, and personalities to keep one’s interest. The drama was clever, a page turner, complex with all sorts of suspects, misdirection, shady characters, secrets, perilous predicaments, and a satisfying surprise at the end, however, I enjoy my cozies with a bit more realism. I personally enjoy a bit more law enforcement availability, although the three amateurs do very well on there own. Maizy, an “acquired taste,” was too willing to cross “legality” lines and a bit overboard for my tastes, but Jamie did seem to balance her out, and Jamie and Curt are navigating a pleasant relationship. The level of humor added a wonderful facet to the story and the quirky characters were just plain fun. Very enjoyable!

Be a Big Kelly Rey Fan!
Like many of us, Kelly Rey’s discovery of Nancy Drew led to her passion for mysteries, and now as a USA Today bestselling author, she’s put pen to paper to write two fun and delightful series. Her six-book Jamie Winters Mystery series is delightful and includes two shorts: Mistletoe & Misdemeanors (Formerly Motion for Mistletoe) in the Cozy Christmas Shorts collection and Motion for Misfits in the Killer Beach Reads collection. She also partners with Gemma Halliday to create some engaging twists to the Sherlock Holmes franchise in her two-book Marty Hudson Mystery.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. I really enjoy humorous mysteries. Count me in!

  2. Sounds good! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  3. New author to me. Sounds like a great book.

  4. Sounds good and I am reading a lot of ebooks these days. Thank you.

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