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Retro Reading: Death by Diamonds by Annette Blair


I really hadn't thought that another book review would be ready, but, in my second review of this series, I couldn't wait to delve into the next installment.

This time around, Madeira "Maddie" Cutler receives a package from her friend famed Broadway actress, Dominique DeLong. After she opens it, she finds a dress that she designed for her along with a note telling her that she wanted Maddie to have the dress, but had hoped to give it to her in person. The only reason that she sent it was that Dom died the night before while onstage.

At first, Maddie thinks it's a joke, but her best friend Eve shows her the headline of the paper which confirms Dom's death.

Later in the morning, she gets a call from Dom's son, Kyle, and he tells her that she's been appointed executor of the will and Dom also as a last wish, she has to put on a fashion show of Dom's vintage clothes.

Maddie and Eve leave and head into the city where they meet Kyle at the train station. He takes them to the theatre and there's instant attraction between him and man hungry Eve.

As Maddie looks around Dom's dressing room, she begins to have visions of the actress and as she puts it, "zones out many times." Unfortunately, her visions don't reveal anything useful.

Kyle brings them back to Dom's home and later that night, there's a reception in Dom's honor, along with a long list of suspects. Occasionally, Maddie has visions and while Eve knows what's happening, they feign hunger for Maddie.

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Since Maddie can't sleep, she goes into Dom's bathroom and notices a note and lingerie from Dom. Maddie puts it on and begins to have a longer vision which drains her, but is coherent enough to know that someone's trying to get into the room.

That someone is Detective Lytton Werner, from the Mystick Falls police department and Maddie knocks him unconscious. The two awake in the morning kissing, but neither has any recollection of what took place during the night.

Back in Mystick Falls, Maddie hurriedly puts together the requested fashion show and in a mistake in wardrobe, begins to have an even longer vision, but again she's coherent enough to mention the diamonds on the dress.

While there's a lot going on in this book, Blair manages to keep your attention throughout. Of course, when she describes the vintage clothing I did kind of zone out myself.

This is relatively a short book, but, I guarantee that once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down. It's just that good.

I was surprised that it only took a few hours to read, but once you get started, Blair really pulls you into the story.

This is the beginning of the end for the series since there are six installments and I'm really hoping that the next three are just as good.

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