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Death by Diamonds (A Vintage Magic Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Thank you! I'm officially a New York Times & a USA Today Bestselling Author.
Writers have many dreams for their careers, not the least of which is to have their books hit those lists. But it came as a delightful surprise, 2 days after surgery, to learn that JACOB'S RETURN, a book of my heart, hit that coveted milestone in its second release, fifteen years after the first. Many thanks to you, my wonderful readers. for making it possible. For those who are not familiar with the story, JACOB'S RETURN is a SEXY Amish Historical Romance, though no Amish writing rules existed when the book was written in the late nineteen-eighties. Now sexy Amish Historicals have become something of a trademark. My dedicated readers want the love scenes.
Meanwhile my New York Times Bestselling Mystery Series increased by one. TULLE DEATH DO US PART, my 6th Vintage Magic Mystery brought more notes and email than ever. I love hearing from you, so thank you so much. Your words delight and encourage me. Thanks too for your reviews, for telling your friends & posting your enthusiasm on social sites. Nothing is as valuable as word of mouth. Thank you for mentioning my work. A writer can't succeed alone. I could never succeed without you.
It's been nearly eight years since I left my job as a Development Director at a New England Prep School to become a full time writer, and I am still loving the heck out of it. I will admit that my knee replacement surgeries interfered with my creativity in 2013. I had one in March and one in September. Your cards, good thoughts, vibes, white light, & prayers, are much appreciated.
I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered Jane Eyre soon after I got my first library card. I was eleven and already giving every story a romantic spin, whether it called for one or not. In high school, I wrote romances about my friends and their boyfriends. Racy stuff for which their mothers did not thank me. That was my single true rebellion as a teen, and I'm so glad I ran with it. Because over-achieving, goody-two-shoes have no fun.
When my children were young, I jotted plot ideas on corners of envelopes, recipe cards, and such, and threw them in my nightstand. One day, I picked one and started writing. I have since journeyed to Regency England; 19th century Amish America; twenty-first century Salem, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and Mystic, Connecticut; falling in love and solving mysteries along the way. I created a host of sassy, sexy witches who tantalize and torment the men in their lives. Hopefully, those men and women, witches and rogues alike, will make some happy magic for you.
I've re-released: The Rogues Club, a Multi-Award-Winning series of Regency Historical Romances. UNDENIABLE ROGUE, UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE & UNTAMABLE ROGUE. They're Unputdownable, as are: SEA SCOUNDREL, CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, PROPER SCOUNDREL & HOLY SCOUNDREL.
Many of you have asked me, "What's next?" To get through a recovery that can be depressing--pain and physical therapy are a drag--I gravitated toward a Contemporary Romantic Comedy Series with a touch of Magic. It's filling my creative well, making me laugh, and keeping me working. You can expect WISHING WELL WEDDING (tentative title) in the first quarter of 2014.
Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and much love,
Top Customer Reviews
Maddie receives a package from a famous friend, Dominique "Dom" DeLong. It is the gorgeous seafoam gown Maddie designed for the Broadway star a decade ago. Maddie and Dom had dinner together in New York City only a few weeks ago. But last Friday night the actress collapsed during an off-Broadway musical performance. Enclosed with the gown is a note from Dom asking Maddie to use her special talents to snoop and find her killer. To make matters a bit more complicated, the priceless diamonds that Dom had been wearing in the show are missing.
Dom's son, Kyle, welcomes Maddie and Eve to New York. Turns out that Maddie is named as the executor for Dom. Kyle seems to be the only one Maddie likes or trusts. Kyle's mother told him about Maddie's psychometric visions and he has high hopes that Maddie will learn the identity of his mother's killer, if not what happened to the infamous Pierpont diamonds. There is a wide selection of suspects to choose from. Ian is the philandering ex-husband. Quinny is the catty "best friend". Lance, the leading man of the show. Ursula, Dom's understudy. Zander, Dom's personal chef. The list goes on and on.
Nick Jaconetti, Maddie's FBI boyfriend, is helping with the missing diamond investigation. They share an on-again/off-again relationship. Nick asks Detective Sergeant Lytton Werner to come act as Maddie's bodyguard because the diamond case keeps taking him away from her side. Both Nick and Lytton are interested in Maddie.Read more ›
Nick works with the FBI. They're more interested in the missing diamonds. When he leaves to catch a potential carrier of the diamonds, he asks local sheriff Werner to keep his eye on Maddie.
Maddie and Kyle dig into this mother's death. They're attempting to weed out friends, parasites, and foes from Dom's acquaintances. It's a tough job, but they seem to be on the right track as Maddie receives a threatening phone call.
Maddie sees unique information due to her psychic ability when touching vintage clothing. She's not sharing her talent, which means she must validate each clue in order to account for her visions.
Will she be able to find the clues to stamp her theories into reality?
The third book in the Vintage Magic series continues to be a charming read with more romance, more vintage clothing, and lots of danger. I love the spark between Werner and Maddie and the now love triangle. I love how Nick's assumptions infuriate Maddie and she stands up to his notions. Most of all, I love the relationship between Maddie and Eve.
Mysteries in order are A VEILED DECEPTION, LARCENY AND LACE, DEATH BY DIAMONDS & SKIRTING THE GRAVE next spring.
While you're waiting, don't miss her urban fantasies: NAKED DRAGON and BEDEVILED ANGEL, not to mention her delightful witches, all six.
Well done Annette Blair, you've created some very likeable and fun characters. I've already passed the book along to my mystery loving chain of friends.
The third entry in Blair's Vintage Magic Mysteries finds Mad in New York for much of the novel. There, she uncovers plenty of murder suspects: Dom's current understudy; Dom's ex-husband, who may well inherit the business they jointly own; a jealous rival; Dom's personal chef, who wanted her to set him up in his own restaurant; Dom's toy boy; and just about anyone who knew about the missing diamonds Dom wore on stage.
Mad's best friend Eve Meyers clad in steampunk fashions, Mad's on-again-off-again lover sexy FBI agent Nick Jaconetti, and Detective Lytton "the Weiner" Werner, Mad's antagonistic (or is he?) grade school classmate help solve the mystery.
Dante, the resident ghost in the first two books, Chakra, Mad's cat, and Mad's father and "aunt" Fiona make brief appeances.
Mad's "talent", having psychic visions while touching or wearing other's clothing, is prominently featured and adds interest and a unique touch to the series. Also a plus are Blair's descriptions of vintage fashions and the fashion quotes that preceed each chapter. The result is an entertaining, light mystery that is a quick read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Death by Diamonds is the third book in the Vintage Magic Series by Annette Blair. Maddie, as Madeira Cutler is called by friends and family, receives a package at her vintage... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ricki scheer
This is the fourth in the Vintage Magic Series and I had forgotten how much I loved these books, Madeira (or Mad) owns a vintage clothing shop and also has a psychic ability to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by murder! she read
Enjoy all her books... Think Werner is better for Mad. Just wish she knew it.Published 13 months ago by Sharon Wheeler
I loved this book too. Great descriptions of the clothes. I could hardly put it down, until finished. Well written and right in the era I love!Published 15 months ago by Barbara S. Behling
This is the third book in the Vintage Magic series and Annette Blair delivered another great read. I am never disappointed in the stories she writes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kitti
Very good read. There were parts that had me laughing out loud.Published 17 months ago by Daniell Marsh
I've been reading this series lately and enjoyed the first two. This one became just TOO much. As another reviewer stated Eve has gotten pretty sickening. Read morePublished 21 months ago by HAR (Calif)
Love it. I am sharing w/ three other ladies at work that can't wait for me to get another book!Published 22 months ago by Carla Miller