The Diamond Head Deception Book Tour By James Blakely

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I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Luna Nightcrow is an insurance fraud investigator. She has just wrapped up a case involving crop fraud and attempted murder. When an ocean cruise liner, The Shilpa, sinks with a world famous red diamond on board, she is sent to Hawaii to investigate. The case of the Pacific Splendor diamond seems to be more than just a ship wreck though and Luna will need all her wits and some helpful allies to get to the bottom of this case.

This book had an interesting story line that intrigued me. Though it was a quick read, I wouldn’t say it was an easy one. The narrative jumps around with little warning, which can make it hard to follow along. The characters also lapse into cliché conversation that detract from the story. Luna often uses her sexuality as a tool which never felt like a necessity or something that added to the plot.

There were surprises to the story that I did not predict and some of them rather disappointed me. I enjoyed Nona’s character and still have trouble understanding the path her character landed on. Of course, in the end Luna solved the great mystery of the Pacific Splendor and all was well in her world. Which means it’s time to head off for some sexy time with one of the male characters. I am still trying to figure out how that came about and how it adds to the story in any way shape or form.

Because it was a quick read with an interesting premise, I can’t say I wouldn’t recommend it. Though I wouldn’t seek out further works by this author without a heavy recommendation that his storytelling improved.

3 out of 5 stars

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Blurb:

After putting Iowa crop insurance cheats out to pasture, independent insurance fraud investigator Luna Nightcrow heads to Hawaii, but not for a vacation. The Shilpa, an Indian ocean liner, sinks and Luna is hired to determine if it still carries “Pacific Splendor” (a rare diamond insured for $15 million). The trouble is that Luna’s not the only one looking for the diamond. Secessionists, sportsmen, and other suspects might sink to any depths to recover or smother Pacific Splendor.

EXCERPT:

Rupee suddenly stopped and look around suspiciously. “Perhaps it is no longer safe to talk here.”

Luna cast an eye over the lounge and noticed a hefty, Hawaiian-looking man standing in the far corner behind them. He wore a tuxedo and was probably just checking out Rupee’s. But the scowl that he shot at them meant that he either didn’t like Rupee’s taste in tux or his taste in women. This might turn out to be a dangerous drink! Luna worried. But looking back at Rupee, she saw that he was still visibly shaken. I’ve got to be the strong one, Luna decided. So, she dragged a red fingernail up and down the back of Rupee’s hand. “Where do you suggest we talk, if not here?”

Rupee’s eyes widened. “Well, this is a hotel; so, it does have rooms,” he suggested.

Luna’s eyebrow cocked curiously. “Where’s yours, Rupee?” she asked softly.

A smile returned to Rupee’s face and he answered, “It’s a big one, Luna, way up high.”

Just what a girl likes to hear! Luna thought.

About the Author

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James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and section editor of “The Griffon-News.” Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies, such as EDS and HP.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

James Blakley was educated at Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. While at MWSC, he was a local and national award-winning columnist and section editor of “The Griffon-News.” Blakley worked 10 1/2 years as a page and as an Assistant Librarian for the River Bluffs Regional Libraries of St. Joseph, MO. He currently lives in Topeka, KS where he worked for The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and several years in clerical and customer support capacities for international computer companies, such as EDS and HP.

Author’s Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4678133.James_Blakley

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Head-Deception-James-Blakley/dp/1629012475/ref=sr_1_1

Inkwater Press: http://inkwater.com/books/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1352&search=the+diamond+head+deception

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3 thoughts on “The Diamond Head Deception Book Tour By James Blakely

  1. I like the story line from your blurb, shows you have an unconventional way of thinking. Of course, you were a librarian so that’s kind of a given. Sounds like a good read. Best of luck with your debut!

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