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Death by Diamonds (A Vintage Magic Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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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.
I hate reviews that tell the whole story. If you want to know the story either read the blurb or read the book. A reviewer doesn't need to retell the plot, but should use the plot, characters, setting, and writing style to critique the book via examples. So I won't be telling the story, nor will I be dropping spoilers.
The whole premise of somebody knowing so clearly she was going to die as to send an item to somebody else which actually arrives "before" the death is too odd to work. If you knew somebody was trying to kill you, wouldn't you at least call the cops? ... nah. I don't mind suspending disbelief, but this entire plot stretched those bounds like spandex on a hippo. Most of this is ridiculous and not even entertainingly ridiculous. It's all getting really old, really fast. The bumbling confusion (for no reason), the clothes/sewing-related fake swear words, the love/hate local cop connection, the on/off "love" (sex?) interest, and finally, the annoying best friend. Yes, I am over, so over, Eve. She's childish, man-hungry, one dimensional, and shallow. Who would even want a friend like her? Not only is she basically a slut, but a slut with no sense of humor and a mean streak. If your best friend had an on-going relationship with someone, you have known both of them for a long time, they're adults capable of making a decision about their relationship, and your friend actually cared a great deal about the man...Read more ›
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Another amazing book. I absolutely love this series. This one was the best so far of the series. I loved it.Published 2 months ago by Brian T. Frauenknecht
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 13 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 17 months ago by murder! she read
Enjoy all her books... Think Werner is better for Mad. Just wish she knew it.Published 19 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 20 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 22 months ago by Kitti
Very good read. There were parts that had me laughing out loud.Published 22 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 on April 26, 2014 by HAR (Calif)