The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Independently Published (June 3, 2019)
Paperback: 204 pages
Digital ASIN: B07SKB5YX7
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.
A fun friendship book with an interesting cozy mystery and a hint of romance.
The "beautiful people" are gathering for an evening of glitz, glamour and fund raising along the shores of Lake Geneva on the Wisconsin Illinois border. I enjoyed a look inside one of the mansions I can only dream about. With a mini golf course on the fourth floor and a swimming pool on the roof, I will not be spending time at such a "cottage" any time soon.
Although Grace is friends with the family hosting the event, she is there working for the Chicago Tribune as a LIFESTYLE reporter. She and her college friend, Emma, also a reporter but assigned to the sports desk, arrive early to take photos of the people worthy of mention. Unfortunately they are also the ones who become involved when the drunk and opinionated brother of the host family is discovered semi-conscious in the library during the event.
Later it is also discovered that the family safe has been robbed of the evening's top auction prize, a stunning matched set of necklace and earrings. As if that is not enough, the ladies become further embroiled and personally endangered.
I am not going to reveal any more details because I enjoyed this page turner as it unfolded and want you to as well.
I enjoyed the friendship aspects of the main characters and others, and the description of the location and house. The mystery itself was neither too simple nor complicated. Discovering the motive, above and beyond greed, was also interesting. I look forward to reading more of this series and seeing what other situations this darling duo find themselves involved in.
About the Author
Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. 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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