Written by Diane Janes
1930. Frances Black is worried – divorce proceedings are under way and her solicitor has learnt of a spiteful letter sent to the court claiming that there is more to her friendship with her sleuthing partner, Tom Dod, than meets the eye.
Fran takes Tom’s advice to get away, travelling down to Devon to help the Edgertons with their family mystery. After meeting the charismatic Eddie Edgerton and arriving at their residence, Sunnyside House, Fran soon learns that Eddie’s grandfather, Frederick Edgerton, died in mysterious circumstances when his wheelchair went off a cliff. Was it really an accident? And what happened to Frederick’s precious diamond which went missing at the time of his death?
As Fran investigates, she uncovers family scandal, skulduggery and revenge, but can she solve the mystery of the missing diamond?
The Black & Dod Mystery series
Book 1 – The Magic Chair Murder
Book 2 – The Poisoned Chalice Murder
Book 3 – The Missing Diamond Murder
Very Enjoyable Period Mystery!
Although this is the third in series, it’s the first one I’ve read but the first two are now on my ‘must watch out for’ list!
Frances Black has plenty to ponder on as she waits for her divorce to be processed; then things get worse when someone writes a letter to the court implying that her relationship with her fellow sleuth, Tom Dod, stretches beyond innocent friendship. As another mystery comes to their attention, Tom suggests that Fran should travel to Devon alone to look into the matter of a missing diamond and a death under questionable circumstances thus creating a distance between them which should put an end to the rumours.
This is a very enjoyable period mystery, with lots of details of a bygone age. Fran is very methodical in her method of investigating, reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s best characters. With well-drawn characters, a solid storyline containing a main focus plus plenty of other things going on, this is one mystery which kept my attention all the way through and I really had no idea what the outcome was going to be! Totally enjoyable and most definitely an author I shall look out for in future. I can see no reason not to give this one full marks, so five stars it is!
My thanks to publisher Severn House for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: period mystery
- Format: ebook, hardcover
- Size: 224 pages
- Publisher: Severn House
- Publication Date: 2 September 2019
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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Diane Janes was born and educated in Birmingham, but lived in various parts of the north of England for most of her adult life, until recently moving to Devon. Having worked in everything from mortgages to engineering, she is now a full time author of fiction and investigative non-fiction, specialising in crime. When still an unpublished writer, she was short listed twice for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger and in 2010 was among the quartet of finalists in contention for the John Creasey Dagger. She is published in both the U.K. and the U.S.A. and some of her work has been translated into German and Japanese.
Diane regularly undertakes speaking engagements (see News & Events for those which are open to the general public) and very much enjoys getting out from behind her desk to meet people – although probably not quite as much as she enjoys writing and research!