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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
After rescuing David Bryce from his kidnappers, Jacqui thinks that her life will get back to normal. However, that's not to be. Instead, someone is targeting the Spadros family for unknown devilment. Add in Dame Anastasia and her fake jewels, Jacqui's evil father-in-law and lots of secrets and you have another interesting installment in the Red Dog Conspiracy.
I have to admit that listening to these books is a little difficult at times because of all the characters. I'm sure if I was reading the actual words, it would be easier to follow the action. With that being said, it was still an enjoyable read.
These books are a unique mixture of Mafia-type families, steampunk and Sherlock Holmes. Never boring and always full of surprises, I look forward to many more installments of Jacqui's adventures.
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.