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- Print Length: 246 pages
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- Publisher: Red Dog Press LLC (October 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JDTWYIE
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I believe that I may actually like this installment better than the first one—which is saying a lot since I loved it! While Jacq of Spades set the tone for the setting of Bridges and introduced the major players of the Red Dog Conspiracy, Queen of Diamonds offers more insight into Jacqui’s past and desires as well as reveals possible motives and backgrounds for various other players around her. This volume presents an array of mysteries for the reader to solve. Are they all connected? I love that it leaves me guessing.
There were, however, some connections made by Jacqui in the last quarter of the book that I did not find entirely clear. The pacing at the end is fast, mostly due to its suspenseful and time-sensitive nature. So, it is entirely possible I just missed them in all the action.
I loved Queen of Diamonds, eagerly await Ace of Clubs, and have already starts the prequel The Alcatraz Coup because I can’t get enough of this world Patricia Loufbourrow has created. I definitely think Queen of Diamonds will appeal most to readers of classic mystery authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.
Almost everyone she loves comes to a bad end, and while I understand that she lives in a brutal society, I feel the author is really laying it on thick. In spite of this, or maybe even because of it, I remain fascinated by the tale, and can barely wait to discover what ghastly thing will befall her in the next chapter. That she has a husband she was forced to marry at twelve, doesn't love, and a lover she can't be with and does, only adds to the contortions of this awful tale.
The "Queen of Diamonds" in the novel's title is one of her only friends. But take that with a grain of salt. In this book friends turn into enemies in an instant, characters, even the best of them, are two-faced, and in this dystopian world, no one can count on anyone anytime..
All in all, I remain aghast at this sordid tale of friendship betrayed, spying, murder, and political machinations that often end in death. It is a story where it is impossible to tell who are friends and who are enemies and it is, frankly, so far removed from what I know of life, that it forces me to wonder what sort of life the author herself has had, and what sort of "friends" she has associated with. I tend to believe that authors write about what they have experienced, even in fiction, and if this book is a reflection of things Patricia has experienced, I certainly feel for her. If the book is purely a child of her imagination, I can only wonder what kind of fantasies she has.
Nevertheless, and much even to my displeasure, I give the book five stars for the riveting tale it is. I only hope I never have to really experience anything like it.
In all candor, I found Queen of Diamonds to provide a great deal less reader satisfaction that Jacq of Spades. Queen struggles for a storyline lost in cob webs of tea parties and social interactions that left me yawning. There is simply no closure. Like the many-headed hydra, there is a partial story of a confidence game involving jewels that seems to involve Pagliacci and maybe Jack Diamond, but there is no closure and no one is ever quite sure what to believe. There is innuendo of a pending war between certain of the families against the Spadros family, but no one ever seems quite sure who will be the aggressor. There is always an undercurrent that all is not well in the Spadros family, yet, the situation never comes to a head. Even the much anticipated confrontation between Jacqui and Roy Spadros resolves nothing. Finally, there is nothing resolved concerning the Red Dog Gang. To me, Queen of Diamonds seemed to be intended to set the stage for future books rather than provide an entertaining and satisfying story. Many books are written for that purpose and many readers are fine with that. I’m not one of them.
Queen of Diamonds is generally well written and edited. It would appeal to those who like to read steam punk series books and possibly to those who like mysteries in general and have at least some patience with literary tea parties
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Jacq is becoming more constrained, and we watch her discover that her presumed freedom is perhaps more illusory than she had thought. The plotting still intrigues, and the reader finds out more about what's really going on as Jacqueline does, but with the additional hints of the card game theme.
More minor cards are sacrificed in play, if this were chess they would have been pawns. Looking forward to part three.
A failed dinner party with the self proclaimed Queen of Diamonds, a beautiful child who's parentage seems to be a mystery (or someone simply isn't talking), to miraculous cures, blackmail, murder plots and seemingly everyone with a secret! I was completely absorbed! Reading in one sitting, this fast paced novel kept me intrigued and at times shocked as I continued reading towards the end, and what a shock of an end!!!
In an exiting and fast paced novel we have a combination of so many odd and mysterious events, all combined to even further my desire to continue on with Jaqui and the next installment in The Red Dog Conspiracy!!