Self-reliance is what makes America tick for young Frederick Falloy, a private detective working on his first case in Chicago, 2014. It seems nothing but violence surrounds the stolen Cacaw Diamonds, which he must locate. He finds himself building a working relationship with a mentor-a veteran police officer named Phillip Grable, Homicide Division. Pushing his limits, he outsmarts his demons to find a way to win, no matter how the cards fall.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
Sheila Bitts was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has lived on the West Coast as well. She writes both poetry and prose. Her poetry was included in Black Bear Review and she has written Collected Poems, 1988-2008. She is also the author of The Umbrella Initiative: A Rationale.
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The Diamond Escape based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (8/17) Just like today, miners in 2012 South Africa fought for better working conditions, better pay and respect. Miners choose to air their grievances in a protest and those who feel they have no right, choose to settle the issue with violence and gunshots. Frederick Falloy a reporter during this diamond mine violence, now finds himself as a new private investigator closely scrutinizing the similarities of missing diamonds in 2012 to the recent theft of an 11-million-dollar diamond necklace for the Field Museum. “The Diamond Escape” by Sheila Bitts begins at the Fanny Chinese Restaurant where the topic of the diamond theft begins to take a life of its own. There are many mysterious people who have connections to the diamonds, have the same last name, and yet no one can place them to anyone. Leon Velon, owner of the missing diamonds wants to hire Falloy to be his exclusive investigator, and resorts to drugging the private investigator. Bitts creates interesting characters, although they seem to be confused in their roles in this mystery. Denial plays an important part in several of these situations. Frederick Falloy is doing his best to determine what the paper trail leads to and often must call upon another detective to assist him, which in all actuality is not much help. Gail, the distraught mother, plays in important role in the investigation in that she has more information than most, however she is very selective with providing the necessary information. The descriptions of the characters and actions to me served little purpose except to fill in space, however I do find them funny. I personally would like to have seen more focus on the storyline. The plot is interesting in its own way, moves along smoothly, and is entertaining. I wouldn’t call this story line a serious detective thriller, more a cozy mystery. I found the authors dialogue and style of writing to be very creative. Her characters are charming, flirty and witty. Throw in a little romance, a determined woman and secrets “The Diamond Escape” by Sheila Bitts is an entertaining story and readers will find it very enjoyable.
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Diamond Escape by Sheila Bitts opens in 2012 at a diamond mine in South Africa, where Frederick Falloy was working as a reporter. Two years later, Frederick is working as a private detective on a case for stolen Cacaw Diamonds. The case takes a turn when the thief turns to murder, and the evidence starts piling up. Everyone close to Frederick seems likely to be a suspect, with time running out before the diamonds are gone. As he works with officer Phillip Grable, he builds a surprising friendship, and finds romance where he least expects it. Sheila Bitts is case orientated in her style, with vivid details and a thrilling mystery. Several suspects create twists and turns as Frederick and Grable take one piece of the puzzle after the next. The case is compelling with an underlying commentary, diamonds, and hope for a better tomorrow. The banter between the characters is quick and witty, with Frederick's dialogue changing slightly, depending on who he's addressing. He goes from flirty to snarky within lines, bringing charm, attitude, and heart to the story. A bit of romance between Frederick and Gail touch on the softer side of the case, creating potential new beginnings and chances at a happy ending. Gail is a complicated character, but I like that she's a strong woman who can defend herself and her baby. She's very elegant and sophisticated, and strikes a balance with Frederick. The Diamond Escape brings strong prose and layered characters to life in this gritty detective story.