Deadly Jewels

Deadly Jewels

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When Martine LeDuc, the dedicated publicity director for the city of Montreal, is summoned into the mayor's office, she immediately runs through all the things that could have gone wrong in the press that day, but for once she's pleasantly surprised. The mayor has good news: the city is due for a PR coup. A doctoral researcher at McGill University has been part of some excavations under the city and has found positive proof that the British crown jewels were indeed, as the rumor goes, stored in Montreal underground during WWII, and then subsequently returned to London. Martine is thrilled to be part of the excavation project, until it turns out that one of the dig's discoveries includes the remains of a man who has two small jewels resting where his stomach once was, and a bullet hole in the back of his skull. With a scandal of this magnitude Martine knows it's only a matter of time before the news gets out in a way that won't boost good PR for Montreal or her job. She decides to team up with an academic friend to figure out what happened with this decades-old theft, before the world finds out that two of London's prize jewels are fake, and before the nefarious circumstances that got them there get to Martine first and silence her for good.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250045409
1250045401
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages ; 22 cm

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CecileSune
Jun 22, 2016

Martine LeDuc is a publicity director for the city of Montreal. When Patricia Mason, a doctoral student at McGill University, tells her that the British crown jewels were stored in the Sun Life building in Montreal during World War II, and that some of the gems might have been stolen, Martine has no choice but to investigate to avoid a PR disaster. Soon they find a skeleton and 3 jewels in the underground tunnels beneath the city. Martine decides to ask her friend Julian Fletcher, a police detective, for help, especially since the case turns out to involve murders, death threats, disappearances, and a kidnapping. Will Martine and Julian be able to uncover what happened during the war, as well as where the missing jewels are?

Deadly Jewels is the second book in the Martine LeDuc series. It is a fast-paced mystery and an engrossing historical fiction at the same time. Most of the story is told in the present from Martine’s point of view, but at the end of each chapter, there are flashbacks happening during World War II, and dealing with Hans Peterson, a German spy in Montreal, and Elias Kaspi, a Jewish jeweler in Europe. Historically speaking, the book is really interesting, and I especially liked the details about Operation Fish (the secret transfer of British wealth to Canada during WWII), and the connection between the Nazis and the occult. Jeannette de Beauvoir must have done a lot of research, and it shows.

However, one aspect of the story felt overlooked, as the disappearance of Marcus Lévigne, a police captain and expert on Nazism, doesn’t seem to worry Julian and Martine too much. In addition, there were some inconsistencies in the book: for example, in chapter 32, Ivan leaves a note saying he’s at the casino, but Martine looks at his sleeping form a few pages later. This might be due to the fact that I had an advanced reading copy of the novel. Hopefully, these kinds of errors have been fixed in the final edition.On the whole though, this was an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Deadly Jewels was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

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