Monday, August 26, 2019

The Great Jewel Robbery Book Review and Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a cozy mystery in our book review featured spot. I love mysteries and always look forward to finding new author and new mystery series. What did I think of The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna? Read my thoughts, learn about the novel and the author & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: The Great Jewel Robbery: A Front Page Mystery Book 1 
by Elizabeth McKenna
Category: Adult Fiction, 204 pages
Genre: Cozy mystery

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in my review.  
All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Mystery with a splash of romance…Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

My Review

The Great Jewel Robbery is a fun, easy to read cozy mystery. The author's writing style is light and easy to read with fun, likable characters, and an easy to follow plot. There are some twists as the mystery unfolds--but, even if readers find the plot and the mystery a little predictable at times--the characters keep readers interested in the storyline's resolution.

The author offers a wonderful beginning to the series. I enjoyed the author's writing style, her setting and character development, and the pace of the novel. McKenna offers excellent characters for her series. Character interaction, fun personalities, humor and a bit of romance along with fairly believable dialogue and a smoothly flowing plot make this the perfect series opener for cozy mystery fans. I found myself sad to see the novel end--not because the storyline wasn't resolved--but, because I had fallen into the characters' lives.

Would I recommend The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna? The author kept my interest and kept me entertained with a clean, cozy mystery. The romantic element didn't overtake the story, and the puzzle wasn't overly complicated or violently portrayed. The mystery was a little more predictable than I would have liked--but, I loved the author's writing style and her characters so much that I will definitely look for future books in this series. If you enjoy clean, light, cozy mysteries--I would recommend adding this one to your reading list.

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write the historical romance novels Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life (she eventually married her first crush)

The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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  1. Thank you so much for the great review and recommendation of Elizabeth McKenna's The Great jewel Robbery. I'll look this up when I'm inn the mood for something light and fun!

  2. Thank you for reviewing The Great Jewel Robbery!