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Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Jewels of Manhattan by Carmen Reid

The Jewels of Manhattan

Like all crazy plans, it was plotted out on a cocktail napkin. 1. Steal fabulous jewels 2. Sell for millions 3. Live happily ever after Brilliant and oh so simple...when you're a few Cosmopolitans down. Not quite so easy...if you've never stolen anything before, and you're dating a detective. The three Jewel sisters, Amber, Sapphire and Em, came to New York in search of the perfect life. But do they have to steal their dream? Or can they resist the temptation? This is a gorgeous, glittering, romantic tale for anyone who has ever dreamed of more sparkle.

This is one of those books that you can read and think 'it can't be that easy, surely!'. A visit to a local jewellery store leads to sisters Amber and Sapphire Jewel being caught up in an armed robbery. Neither are physically hurt, however when they return home they realise how easy it must be to rob some jewels. Sapphire ends up being 'let go' by the company she works for and the rent is due on the apartment she rents with her two sisters. Amber works for a local auctioneers and when it is announced that they will be auctioning some very precious jewels, Em, the youngest sister,  begins to wonder, how easy it would actually be to rob and sell on these jewels. However, the sisters aren't really criminals - the jewels sort of fell into their lap and if you had the opportunity to wear them, you would, wouldn't you?

This book is not a major crime story, but then it isn't a usual chick lit book either. There is romance - quite a bit really, Amber and Fergus and Sapphire with the police man Jack. There is plenty of laughter and fun in the book and I must admit I had solved the who dunnit really quite early on but it did not ruin my enjoyment of the story.  The crime is two robberies, and the subsequent police investigation, however the main bulk of the story is the Jewel sisters and their planning of how they would carry out a robbery and following the crime, how to dispose of the jewels and the subsequent trip to meet the buyer. 

Carmen Reid's style of writing is another which is easy to read and flows really well. The story focuses on the three sisters and I loved the camaraderie between them, even during the 'robbery' the sisters ensure each other are ok and get to safety. The ending was lovely, all happy ever after, however I am not sure how realistic it actually was. 

I would recommend this book as a great read for the winter nights ahead - it would suit lovers of chick lit more than crime lovers.

Thank you to the publishers, Corgi, for sending me the book to review.

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