30 December, 2013

Ruby Heart by Cristelle Comby Review and Giveaway!!

Ruby Heart Book Summary:
When elderly client Doris Hargrave informs private investigator Alexandra Neve that her beloved antique ruby heart necklace has gone missing for the second time in a period of over sixty years, Alexandra knows this is no ordinary jewellery theft. The ruby heart is a family heirloom and the only thing that connects an ailing Mrs Hargrave to her parents, who were murdered during the Holocaust.

To solve the case, Alexandra and her business partner, blind history professor Ashford Egan, must sift through obscure Holocaust documents to find out the truth. It’s that way that they learn of a secret World War II-era love affair which could hold the key to all the answers they are looking for. Meanwhile, Egan is under immense pressure from the university to quit his private investigating business, and Alexandra is afraid that a man she trusts will leave her. Again.

When Alexandra begins to receive anonymous threats and her flat is vandalised, this all becomes personal. Knowing that there is someone out there to hurt her, Alexandra vows to find that elusive ruby heart if it’s the last thing she ever does.

Cristelle Comby's Bio: 
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.
Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent. 
She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.
Ruby Heart is her second new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

My Thoughts:
Alexandra Neve (Lexa) and Ashford Egan are the main characters in this mystery. Ruby Heart is the second book in the Neve and Egan series, the first being Russian Dolls. Lexa and Ashford are private investigators and their next case has been presented to them by an elderly, frail woman, Doris Hargrave. She hires them to find the Ruby Heart necklace. This necklace had been lost during WWII in the Nazi occupation and the necklace has recently turned up and returned to Doris but was stolen out of the safe in Doris's apartment. Doris is very ill and wants the PI's to find the necklace soon so she can have her granddaughter wear it at her wedding. She thinks it brings a happy marriage to the wearer.

It is an almost impossible task for Lexa and Egan to find this necklace as they need to trace it all the way back to 1943-44. The Nazi's had confiscated all the jewelry and art belonging to the Jews and this particular necklace had been found in an old abandoned house. Things become a bit hairy when Lexa's home is broken into and some microfilm that she had of newspapers from the dates that she is researching. The case now becomes a bit dangerous for Lexa, her mother and Egan. 

This is a fast paced mystery that may prove to be deadly for the duo as they try to find the necklace for the old woman who does not have long to live. It can be called a cozy mystery I think but it will also appear to the hard core mystery lovers out there. I look forward to reading the next in the series,Danse Macabre, available in 2014. 

I received a copy of the book for review and I was not monetarily compensated for my review.

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Tribute Books said...

Kathleen, I know you're a mystery buff so I'm glad you're looking forward to reading more from Cristelle. Thanks for the review and Happy New Year! :)

Kathleen Kelly said...

Happy New Year to you also!!!

DMS said...

This sounds like a fabulous mystery. I hadn't heard of it before, so thanks for the introduction! Also- this is an amazing giveaway. Thanks for sharing it!

Happy New Year!


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