Buried Diamonds

Buried Diamonds

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by April Henry
     
 

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Claire Montrose discovers an engagement ring that has gone missing for 50 years. Did the young woman who owned it really commit suicide? One of Claire's elderly neighbors harbors an old secret—and will kill to keep it hidden. Past and present grow more entangled when neo-Nazis target Claire's Jewish roommate.

Overview

Claire Montrose discovers an engagement ring that has gone missing for 50 years. Did the young woman who owned it really commit suicide? One of Claire's elderly neighbors harbors an old secret—and will kill to keep it hidden. Past and present grow more entangled when neo-Nazis target Claire's Jewish roommate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Claire Montrose, the Portland (Ore.) gal with a fondness for vanity license plates and a penchant for trouble, finds plenty of both in this fourth solidly entertaining mystery from Henry (Heart-Shaped Box, etc.). Claire's accidental discovery of an unusual diamond ring embedded in an old stone wall has a startling effect on her housemate, Charlotte "Charlie" Heidenbruch, an octogenarian concentration camp survivor. Charlie recognizes the ring as one that belonged to a beautiful young women she knew more than 50 years ago. The woman's tragic and inexplicable suicide still haunts the group of friends that dispersed after her death. As Claire and Charlie try to find the ring's rightful owner and learn how it came to be buried in the wall, the surviving members of the old group begin to reconnect with deadly results. Cozy trappings, from Claire's ditzy mother's antics to developing romantic relationships, effectively contrast with chilling glimpses of Charlie's concentration camp days and interludes of seemingly unrelated modern-day hate-crimes in Portland. A vivid cast of elderly characters, including Frank, whose newfound popularity can be traced to his ability to drive at night, and Nova, who continues to live as recklessly as ever, will especially please senior fans. Copyright, Reed Business Information 2003.
Library Journal
Claire (Heart-Shaped Box) finds a diamond engagement ring while jogging, shows it to her roommate, then discovers that its owner committed suicide some 50 years ago. Her sleuthing reveals old secrets-and murder. A warm prize for a chilly day. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A diamond turns out to be both more and less than a girl's best friend. Cooling down from her morning jog, 40-ish Claire Montrose (Heart-Shaped Box, 2001, etc.) braces herself against an estate's crumbling bit of stone wall and fastens on a flashy diamond ring in an antique setting. When she shows it to her housemate Charlie, the octogenarian Holocaust survivor recognizes it immediately as belonging to her friend Elizabeth, who killed herself years ago. But she thinks Elizabeth returned the ring to Allen Lisac, her fiancé. How did it wind up in the wall? Allen, still suffering from wounds sustained during the Korean conflict and now married to Elizabeth's less beautiful sister Mary, doesn't know. Neither do Elizabeth's best friend Nova, now languishing in a retirement community; her brother Frank, the darling of the geriatric set for his dancing prowess; her former neighbor Howard, a dedicated birder; or Tom, Charlie's former lover, who happily picks up where they left off. Then Nova succumbs, Tom is shot to death, and anti-Semitism once again touches Charlie. As Elizabeth's secrets-her unwanted pregnancy, her jilting, and the suspicion that her suicide was really murder-come to light, Claire's beau Dante, a museum curator, spots possible forgeries in Lisac's art collection. Gloomy stuff indeed. Readers unfamiliar with Claire's past job in Oregon's Specialty Plates bureau will wonder why each chapter begins with a cute vanity license plate so gratingly at odds with the somber mood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000820582
Publisher:
April Henry
Publication date:
01/30/2010
Series:
Claire Montrose , #4
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
351 KB

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April Henry writes mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Her 14th and 15th books will be out in 2013.

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This is the fourth mystery in April Henry's series, and I loved it just as much as the others. Claire and Charlie, Claire's elderly roommate, are amusing and endearing, and reading a book with them in it is a like sitting down to spend some time with two old friends you don't see often enough. This time around Charlie and her past are front and center as the two sleuths try to unravel the mystery surrounding a 50 year old suicide. The events are darker than in the previous books, but Henry still manages to display plenty of her sly wit. A truly entertaining book for mystery buffs.