Deadly Jewels

Deadly Jewels

eBook - 2016
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When Martine LeDuc, publicity director for the city of Montr#65533;al, is summoned into the mayor's office, she's pleasantly surprised to find the city is due for a PR coup: a doctoral researcher at McGill University claims to have found proof that the British crown jewels were stored in Montr#65533;al during WWII.

Martine is thrilled to be part of the excavation project, until it turns out that the dig's discoveries include the skeleton of a man with diamonds in his ribcage and a hole in his skull. Is this decades-old murder leading her too far into the dangerous world of Canada's neo-Nazi networks, or is there something going on that makes the jewels themselves deadly? Is history ever really completely buried?

With pressing personal issues crowding into her professional life, Martine needs to solve not only the puzzle of the jewels, but some more recent crimes--including another murder, a kidnapping, and the operation of an ancient cult in Montr#65533;al--and do it before the past reaches out to silence her for good.

Publisher: Minotaur Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781466844049
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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Jun 22, 2016

Martine LeDuc is a publicity director for the city of Montreal. When Patricia Mason, a doctoral student at McGill University, tells her that the British crown jewels were stored in the Sun Life building in Montreal during World War II, and that some of the gems might have been stolen, Martine has no choice but to investigate to avoid a PR disaster. Soon they find a skeleton and 3 jewels in the underground tunnels beneath the city. Martine decides to ask her friend Julian Fletcher, a police detective, for help, especially since the case turns out to involve murders, death threats, disappearances, and a kidnapping. Will Martine and Julian be able to uncover what happened during the war, as well as where the missing jewels are?

Deadly Jewels is the second book in the Martine LeDuc series. It is a fast-paced mystery and an engrossing historical fiction at the same time. Most of the story is told in the present from Martine’s point of view, but at the end of each chapter, there are flashbacks happening during World War II, and dealing with Hans Peterson, a German spy in Montreal, and Elias Kaspi, a Jewish jeweler in Europe. Historically speaking, the book is really interesting, and I especially liked the details about Operation Fish (the secret transfer of British wealth to Canada during WWII), and the connection between the Nazis and the occult. Jeannette de Beauvoir must have done a lot of research, and it shows.

However, one aspect of the story felt overlooked, as the disappearance of Marcus Lévigne, a police captain and expert on Nazism, doesn’t seem to worry Julian and Martine too much. In addition, there were some inconsistencies in the book: for example, in chapter 32, Ivan leaves a note saying he’s at the casino, but Martine looks at his sleeping form a few pages later. This might be due to the fact that I had an advanced reading copy of the novel. Hopefully, these kinds of errors have been fixed in the final edition.On the whole though, this was an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Deadly Jewels was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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