Diamonds in Disguise

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The new Gregory Crowne mystery from this well-loved author - When the ex-Queen Nicoletta of Hirtenstein, Gregorys redoubtable grandmother, summons him to Rome where she is redecorating the villa of an Italian politician, Greg reluctantly agrees. A Russian icon has disappeared and it seems that the value of the icon lies in the diamond frame that Rini had made for it out of a necklace from her days of glory. Greg is joined in Rome by his long-time companion, Liz Blair, and its not long before they realise theres ...

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Overview

The new Gregory Crowne mystery from this well-loved author - When the ex-Queen Nicoletta of Hirtenstein, Gregorys redoubtable grandmother, summons him to Rome where she is redecorating the villa of an Italian politician, Greg reluctantly agrees. A Russian icon has disappeared and it seems that the value of the icon lies in the diamond frame that Rini had made for it out of a necklace from her days of glory. Greg is joined in Rome by his long-time companion, Liz Blair, and its not long before they realise theres more going on than it first seemed

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Publishers Weekly

Barclay's sixth Gregory Crowne mystery (after 2008's To Die For) puts a fresh spin on the classic theft, revenge and murder theme. Gregory, the former crown prince of Hirtenstein, can't say no to his grandmother, that country's ex-queen mother (who's presently working as a decorator for a well-known but unpopular Italian politician), when she asks him to leave Geneva for Rome to investigate the loss of some valuable diamonds. Viewing the trip as a chance also for a romantic getaway, Gregory invites his girlfriend, Liz Blair, to join him, in spite of his grandmother's dislike of Liz and her commoner status. When a female cousin living in the politician's villa is found dead, the police conclude death by accidental poisoning, but as Gregory and Liz delve into the lives of family, guests and staff, it becomes clear the cousin was a victim of foul play. Whodunit fans will enjoy trying to figure out the puzzle before the dramatic conclusion. (June)

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Crown Prince Gregory (To Die For, 2007, etc.) heads to Rome to help his grandmother out of a royal mess. Deposed from the throne of Hirtenstein, King Anton makes a living teaching horsemanship while his son Gregory books musical events, and Greg's grandmother, ex-Queen Nicoletta, keeps body and soul together decorating rooms for rich nincompoops. Her latest clients, Ruggiero Ardicci and his wife, Russian opera singer Irina Grushenka, are throwing fits because someone has stolen a diamond-encrusted image of St. Olga from their villa. Rini is convinced that it's her prayers to the icon that have kept Ruggiero's delicate digestion on track. But Ardicci thinks that rumors of his Russian Orthodox wife's devotion to St. Olga will scotch his chances of being named Roman Catholic Italy's next ambassador to the United Nations. So who better than music impresario Greg to deal with the temperamental diva and her Machiavellian husband? Grossmutti even tempers her criticism of Greg's lover, fashion designer Liz Blair, to lure him to the Ardicci estate, where murder and mayhem quickly follow. Housekeeper Floria Massigna, a distant cousin of Ruggiero's first wife, is poisoned; Yuri Tamaldov, Rini's Russian doctor, is not what he seems; and even Cristina and Ernesto, the cook and gatekeeper, have secrets that only a trip to the neighboring village of Tabardi can uncover. Barclay offers a genuine puzzle, but as usual, it takes a back seat to local color and royal shenanigans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847511195
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Crown Prince Gregory Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tessa Barclay is the bestselling author of over forty novels and one of the most popular writers in the UK. Previous titles by this well-loved author include The Champagne Girls, The Precious Gift, The Saturday Girl, Other People's Dreams and, from Severn House, Starting Over and A Lovely Illusion. She has also just published the first two novels of a new series of crime novels, Farewell Performance and A Better Class of Person.

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