Wednesday, September 21, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Death Among the Diamonds


Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder?

Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.

Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…

The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, 
can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?

An absolutely gripping and utterly charming 1920s murder mystery packed with wit, glamour and intrigue. The perfect whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!


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Title:   Death Among the Diamonds
Author:  Fliss Chester
Series:  A Cressida Fawcett Mystery #1
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   304
Date of Publication:  September 21, 2022 
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Cressida Fawcett is enjoying the life of a young woman in 1920s London. Not really concerned about making her society debut as she longs to be as independent as possible. A weekend on her friend's estate is something she was very much looking forward to. While the weekend seemed to get off to a good start, Cressida and the rest of the household awaken to an unearthly scream. One of the maids is standing next to the body of the chandelier cleaner. His name was Harry and he has come to an untimely death.

Perhaps it was an accident. However, Cressida's curious nature immediately kicks in. She walks about the house and its grounds and starts to make deductions. It doesn't take Cressida long to realize that Harry's death was no accident and with a limited number of people at the estate, that one of them is the killer. Also, Cressida had a few precious moments with the dead body and a small item she found on his person lends credence to her assumptions about the nature of his death.

What a delightful cozy mystery story and a great start to a new series. Cressida is an enjoyable protagonist and I adore her attitude. I also love the typical friction she has with the detective responsible for the investigation. Her strong will clearly shows and I can't wait to see what else she gets up to in this series. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Fliss Chester lives in Surrey with her husband and writes historical cozy crime. When she is not killing people off in her 1940s whodunnits, she helps her husband, who is a wine merchant, run their business. Never far from a decent glass of something, Fliss also loves cooking (and writing up her favourite recipes on her blog), enjoying the beautiful Surrey and West Sussex countryside and having a good natter.

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