The Missing Diamond Murder
by Diane Janes

Frances Black leaves her domestic worries behind and travels to Devon to solve a family mystery featuring a suspicious death and a missing diamond.

1930. Frances Black is worried – divorce proceedings are under way and her solicitor has learnt of a spiteful letter sent to the court claiming that there is more to her friendship with her sleuthing partner, Tom Dod, than meets the eye.

Fran takes Tom’s advice to get away, travelling down to Devon to help the Edgertons with their family mystery. After meeting the charismatic Eddie Edgerton and arriving at their residence, Sunnyside House, Fran soon learns that Eddie’s grandfather, Frederick Edgerton, died in mysterious circumstances when his wheelchair went off a cliff. Was it really an accident? And what happened to Frederick’s precious diamond which went missing at the time of his death? As Fran investigates, she uncovers family scandal, skulduggery and revenge, but can she solve the mystery of the missing diamond?


An engaging heroine, coupled with fine insights on British life in the 1930s, makes this an attractive choice for historical-mystery fans


The delightful interplay between sleuth and suspects makes this an all-around winner

Kirkus Reviews

Captivating characters in the Agatha Christie mold and an engaging plot make this a good pick for fans of the traditional British cozy

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Unexpected twists, well-drawn period ambience, a cast of agreeable poetry buffs, and a satisfyingly tricky plot

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Janes deftly, suddenly transforms her audience’s understanding of her protagonists several times … keeping tension high to the very end

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Diane Janes

Born and brought up in Birmingham, Diane Janes spent many years in the north of England and now lives in Devon. She is the author of five previous crime novels and several non-fiction investigations into real-life historical mysteries. Her debut, The Pull of the Moon, was shortlisted for the CWA’s John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel of 2010.

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The Missing Diamond Murder by Diane Janes is available in the following formats

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