A new cosy mystery series set in 1920s England? Yes please! “Death Among the Diamonds” is the first book I’ve read by Fliss Chester and I love her style!
Our leading lady, Cressida, sets off to improve the interior design of a home and finds herself in the middle of mystery…is it murder or an accident? Can she find something that the police have missed? The language is witty and there is an element of fun throughout.
I love the twists and turns in this one, a truly well-thought-out mystery with great characters! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended! In my eager anticipation to read the next one, I have read the other books written Fliss Chester, I recommend those too!
So clever. Loved the storyline. Got a lot of it right but there were some surprises along the way, Cressida and Ruby are most endearing.
Along with the mystery, I loved the playfulness around an Interior decor issue, it added to the overall context. Yes the chandelier and the curtains matter
Looking forward to the next installment. I do wonder what’s coming next. Four stars.
We received complimentary copies of the book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in these reviews are completely our own.
From the back cover:
Everyone in 1920s London knows the Honourable Cressida Fawcett: fiercely independent (though never apart from her little pug Ruby), lover of martinis and interior designer extraordinaire. She’s solved many crimes of fashion… so how about murder?
Cressida Fawcett is heading to the English countryside for a weekend of cocktails and partying at her friend’s glamorous mansion, the location of a recent diamond heist. But just hours after her arrival, Cressida is woken by an almighty scream. Rushing to the landing, she looks down into the great hall to find a trembling maid standing next to the body of Harry, the friendly young chandelier cleaner.
Everyone believes Harry’s death was an accident. But as Cressida examines the opulent hall and the beautiful grounds, she thinks something darker is afoot. Why clean a chandelier in the early hours of the morning? And who overheard Harry boasting about coming into unexpected wealth? A small piece of torn silk found near the body has Cressida looking at the guests’ elegant clothes with fresh eyes…
The short-tempered Detective insists that she keeps her curious nose out of the investigation, but it’s Cressida who realises the stolen diamonds were hidden in the sparkling chandelier. Convinced there is a connection between the theft and the murder, the case takes a sinister turn when a guest is killed in his sleep after a brandy-fuelled night of cards. With everyone unable to leave, can Cressida’s sharp eye for detail catch the killer before another life is taken?
An absolutely gripping and utterly charming 1920s murder mystery packed with wit, glamour and intrigue. The perfect whodunnit for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Downton Abbey!