A nearly flawless museum robbery, a missing million-dollar necklace, a stalled police investigation. For the victim of the crime, the situation calls for desperate measures.
Penelope Fitzpatrick wasn’t born to wealth. Her grandfather fed the family by selling his small stash of gemstones smuggled from tsarist Russia when the monarchy fell. Now, Pen has done well for herself as a successful novelist. But when the final jewel in her family legacy becomes the target of a cunning band of thieves, and the priceless piece is stolen, the police have many excuses why they can’t solve the crime. Not one to accept defeat, Pen does the only thing she can do—gather a group of friends to help catch the crooks and steal back the necklace.
It becomes apparent the thief is a master con man who is likely working with an international theft ring. The chase takes the Ladies far from home and into elegant European enclaves as they attempt to face him down. Close calls and near misses—it’s never quite certain whether the women will be able to pull their own spectacular heist and see justice done.
Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jana DeLeon will love this daring and spunky group of women friends in their first mystery caper.
Praise for Connie Shelton’s previous novels:
“Readers can only hope the likable characters, fast-paced plots and local color will continue …” –Albuquerque Journal
“Down to earth and very readable.” –Library Journal
“…a delightfully complex mystery.” –Romantic Times (4 out 5 five stars)
“Connie Shelton gets better with every book she writes.” –The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Connie Shelton has been writing for more than twenty years and has taught writing (both fiction and nonfiction) since 2001. She is the author of the Charlie Parker mystery series and has been a contributor to several anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Writer's Soul. "My husband and I love to do adventures. He flew helicopters for 35 years, a career that I've borrowed from in my Charlie Parker mysteries. We have traveled quite a lot and now divide our time between the American Southwest and a place on the Sea of Cortez. For relaxation I love art -- painting and drawing can completely consume me. I also really enjoy cooking, with whatever ingredients I find in whatever country we are in at the moment. We walk every day and love watching and photographing wildlife."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I can see Diamond Aren’t Forever as the beginning of a series of movies. So much fun! Delightful characters highlight an action packed adventure including dream worthy travel and I am ready for more! When a con hits a wealthy woman of senior age twice, four strangers come together to recover the necklace that is not only her heritage but a historical artifact created by her grandfather and preserved by her family even through the toughest of conditions. Each woman has a different reason for participating and each brings a different skill set, but they want to right a wrong. They represent the heart of all we appreciate and admire in the American spirit. Not only does Pen provide the financing to recover the necklace who loss what heartbreaking but as a mystery author she has a few skills that surprise the younger women. Bank manager Sandy has knowledge about laws and criminals and is an extremely intelligent woman. Gracie first seems to be a bored housewife and mother who is only looking for adventure but her enthusiasm and heart alone are a great asset to the group. Finally, Gracie brings in Amber, a young woman whose skills on the internet are a little frightening and totally awesome. Her youth, quick mind and initiative make the difference between success and dead ends at several points along their adventure. These seemingly dissimilar women race around the globe tracking down a brilliant con man to recover Pen’s heritage. It appears that this book is only the beginning and I truly hope so. This escapade was fun and I loved getting to know these women and watching them get to know each other.