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The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds (A Dizzy Heights Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz.
London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn.
Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair—where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest.
As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears—and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation.
With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes—all without missing a beat.
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From the Publisher
As the pulsing mystery at the heart of this story wove in and out of the pages, I was immediately swept up by it. This captivating environment was drawn in a way I’d never witnessed before: the sights, sounds, and scents I could almost experience myself. Rather than serving as window dressing, this literary texture pulled me in deeper to the dark mystery waiting in the shadows.
And, as the truth revealed itself, I was left feeling even more impressed with Kinsey’s world—a world that lives and breathes not in spite of the peril these characters find themselves in but because of it. All that glitters is not gold in this novel, which makes it all the more worthwhile to enjoy yourself.
- Jack Butler, Senior Editor
About the Author
T E Kinsey grew up in London and read history at Bristol University. He worked for a number of years as a magazine features writer before falling into the glamorous world of the Internet, where he edited content for a very famous entertainment website for quite a few years more. After helping to raise three children, learning to scuba dive, and to play the drums and the mandolin (though never, disappointingly, all at the same time), he decided the time was right to get back to writing. The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds is the first novel in the Dizzy Heights series, which follows on from his Lady Hardcastle Mystery series. His website is at tekinsey.uk and you can follow him on Twitter—@tekinsey—as well as on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tekinsey.
- ASIN : B0841YPH5N
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4146 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 37,182 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thought the story was quite laboured and failed to flow. Having said that I will still buy the next book as dome parts of this books plot were good and perhaps the characters will become familiar and enjoyable.
Loved this just as much as those books and can't wait for the next one.
If you like mysteries set in the 1920s, with humour and great characters, you'll love this.
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The description of the Club, and other places, rings true. The book intrigued me enough to read others by the same author.
I so loved this book. I thoroughly enjoy T E Kinsey 's Lady Hardcastle novels and this one is every bit as good. Full of familiar faces this book is a dream.
The story is really good and there are plenty of twists and turns as Skins, Barty, Ellie and the rest of the Dizzy Heights try to sort out the truth.
If you have never read any of the Lady Hardcastle it really doesn't matter. This is a book to sit down with and enjoy.
There is always an element of humour in his books and happily no smut, or unnecessary descriptions of gore , as they dont need it. Main characters have lost none of their personality, that I came to love from previously mentioned series. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book.
The murder is a bit of a damp squib, as there doesn't seem to be much in the way of grief or raging at the loss of a dear friend. The method is clever, the setting is good but it's just not cohesive enough this time around - I felt as if I was reading a jolly jape rather than a thrilling mystery.
As ever though, the dialogue is sparkling and funny, although there is an awful lot of it. I wanted a bit more about the peripheral characters, and that was lost really. Even good old Inspector Sutherland was an also ran, and don't get me started on how his intervening years were written off in a single sentence.
Mr Kinsey, you're a brilliant writer with an eye for the foolish, the farcical and the absurd combined with the style to get that across to your dear readers. But this needs a bit more work, a bit more polish and a bit more depth. In my very humble opinion.
But Mr Kinsey has definitely committed himself to a cracker-jack of a story for Lady Hardcastle's 60 birthday: preferably narrated by Flo!