Book Review, Mystery/Suspense

Book Review – A Matter of Diamonds

Today I’m going to tell you about an old favorite of mine (yes–I realize most of my reviews are on newly released books–well this one is an exception!).

A Matter of Diamonds by David Manuel


I’d first read this book, actually the entire series, many years ago–and thoroughly enjoyed them all!
Recently, they were brought back to my mind, (can’t even remember why…)and I decided to see if I still like them.
I still liked it.
(and even though this is the 2nd in a series, the books do stand alone and do not have to be read in order, although the bigger picture probably would make more sense if you do read them in order…)
The mystery is top-notch, although not a lot of action is involved. (see the book blurb below to get more story details)
There are quite a few characters involved, and it takes a bit to stay after them.
But, I feel like this author does an excellent job at laying out the plot, the setting, and then the characters, to make the scenario being revealed very understandable and realistic.
One of the bad guys is revealed fairly early on in the story. And the groundwork is laid…but then the plot thickens. And you have no idea what will happen next.
Or who the other guilty party is.
I love stories of this nature. Kind of along the same lines as Agatha Christie.
Or Father Brown.
I don’t know that this necessarily falls under the Christian fiction category, it is a clean read. One of the main characters is a monk, Brother Bartholomew, and it does talk quite a bit about his abbey, his fellow monks, his denomination (Episcopalian), and God is mentioned numerous times in the book.
If you enjoy old-fashioned types of mysteries, be sure and give this series a try!
(and in case you’re wondering…I don’t own a copy of this book, I checked it out from my local library)
Here is the book blurb, from Amazon

The second title in the Faith Abbey Mystery Series, following the well-received debut of “A Matter of Roses” in November 1999, will delight mystery fans who have been eagerly awaiting Brother Bartholomew’s return.


“It was the feast of St. Francis, and the lawn in front of Faith Abbey’s new church was filled with townspeople and abbey members bringing their creatures, great and small, to the Blessing of the Animals. Brother Bartholomew was joyfully immersed in this happy chaos, when his pager vibrated. Returning the call, he learned from Dan Burke, Eastport’s Chief of Police, that they’d just had their second ‘hundred-year weather event’ in two years. The body of a woman had washed ashore, and there was evidence that she had been tortured before drowning. The Chief was about to go down to the morgue, and he wanted Bartholomew to accompany him.

Though their paths had diverged greatly, the monk and the chief of police were native Cape Codders who had been boyhood friends. The previous year, Bartholomew, initially a prime suspect in the investigation of the little harbor village’s first murder in half a century, wound up providing pivotal assistance in solving the crime.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, Chief Burke has little more to deal with than drivers who are sure they were doing only 30, or who insist they’ve had only two beers. But a woman has drowned under potentially horrendous circumstances, and the ten million dollars in diamonds she had with her has vanished. The Chief badly needs the help of the monk whose friary overlooks the harbor, and whose gift of intuition is uncanny.”

How this unlikely pair copes with an increasingly challenging and complex case makes for a swiftly paced, spellbinding read. It builds to a breathtaking climax in a delightful seaside town peopled with characters who will seem like old friends.

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