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"Wonderfully funny mystery!"

Once again, we're back with Madeira "Mad" Cutler in her hometown of Mystic Falls. When she arrives at her vintage clothing store, she finds her best friend Eve talking with a delivery man. Turns out he's got a package for Mad from one of her friends, actress Dominique DuLong. After opening the package, Mad finds a note from Dom, a very confusing one at that. Unfortunately, the note states that if Mad has received the package, Dom is dead and wants Mad to have the dress she designed while back in New York. The note also asks Mad to find Dom's killer using her "special talent". See, Mad gets visions from clothing—this is her "special talent". As Mad hands the note to Eve, Werner—the local detective—comes in the store and asks about a package since a delivery van was stolen. Luckily, Eve hides the note in the paper before Werner can see it. Then two very unusual customers come into the shop and Mad receives a call from Kyle—Dom's son—asking her to come to New York. And this is just the start of Mad's day.

Now Mad has to figure out who killed Dominique, help Kyle deal with his mother's death, keep her gift hidden from Werner, and try to figure out her on again/off again relationship with Italian stallion Nick.

Will Mad be able to find out who killed Dominique using her gift? Will she be in danger if she does? What happened to the diamonds Dominique was wearing when she died?

DEATH BY DIAMONDS: A VINTAGE MAGIC MYSTERY is an exciting, humorous roller coaster ride. Annette Blair once again takes us into the world of Madeira Cutler and the town of Mystic Falls. I absolutely adore Annette Blair's books. She has a way of weaving humor throughout a tale in such a way as to add to the overall enjoyment I gain from each one. In this one, we have the paranormal with Mad's ability to read clothing, plus we have the major mystery of Dominique's death and the missing diamonds, then add in the chemistry between Mad and Nick and maybe another man, and watch mayhem explode! I cannot recommend Annette Blair's books enough, and this one is no exception to that. It already has a place on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 12, 2010

SUMMARY

May the real criminal shine through...

Madeira Cutler loves her Vintage Magic boutique, but the 'visions' she gets from the garments can be hard to handle, especially when she knows the owner. At first she's thrilled to receive a package containing the beautifully bejeweled dress she designed for actress and old friend Dominique Delong while in fashion school. But the dress comes with a disturbing message from Dominique, who it seems took her last bow under very mysterious circumstances.

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Cozy Mystery

 

Death by Diamonds
(Vintage Magic Mystery: Book 2)
by Annette Blair

Berkley Pub Group
July 1, 2010
Available: July 6, 2010
ISBN #0425233138
EAN #9780425233139
288 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Annette Blair

Skirting the Grave
Vampire Dragon
Bedeviled Angel
Naked Dragon
Larceny and Lace
Never Been Witched
A Veiled Deception
Gone with the Witch
Sex and the Psychic Witch
The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe
My Favorite Witch
The Kitchen Witch
An Unforgettable Rogue


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