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 book was so awesome to read! I enjoyed reading about Emma and Grace's adventures as reporters who investigate this robbery! It was such a fun read, it was so hilarious, and it was a really great story! Loved reading it!
Neither Emma or Grace work the crime beat. Emma is a sports writer, and Grace is on the society beat, events like the charity ball. But she wants to right hard hitting stories, which means she has to get out of where she is. Which is why they investigate.
I loved their investigation. They have a few advantages, like Grace being part of the fancy world and connections there. That they had to share information with the locals, well, that's means they're not obstructing justice. I loved Emma's interactions with Detective O'Mara, they were hilarious!
So I'm wondering a few things. Like how did he know the safe's code? They made a point of saying that the hosts wouldn't have given it to him. So I'm wondering about that. Edited to add that Elizabeth has answered this in the comments! I'm also wondering where this series is going to go in the future, will it star these same characters, and will the mystery be a continuation of this one, or a new one? Can't wait to find out!
Loved this book, and can't wait for more in this series!
Author: Elizabeth McKenna
Series: A Front Page Mystery #1
Read: July 14th, 2019
Source: Pump Up Your Book Review Book
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Celtic Dreams
Published: May 30th 2019
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. She has also written a short story titled The Gypsy Casts a Spell, which was published in the February 2012 issue of eFiction Magazine. You can read it for free here. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life (she eventually married her first crush). 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.
Elizabeth loves to talk to her readers. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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