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A hunt for treasure leads to murder

Rubies in the Roses by Vivian Conroy HQ Digital Humor , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 30 Aug 2017


Rubies in the Roses is the second Cornisea island cosy by Vivian Conroy. It is a charming mystery set on a fictional island on the Cornish coast. The mysteries are not very complex, and the cast of characters is relatively small, but they are enjoyable light novels perfect for whiling away an afternoon. Guinevere is a charming, demure lead and her dachshund, Dolly’s antics are sure to bring a smile.

Treasure fever has once again come to Cornisea Island. Rumors have emerged of a chalice covered in rubies and diamonds hidden on the grounds of Cornisea Castle. One of Oliver’s father's friends has returned with tales of a long lost treasure worth a fortune. It may be what is necessary to revitalize the island or it may mean the island will be overrun with treasure seekers. But along with the rumors comes the death of one of the island’s residents, an accident or murder?

Rubies in the Roses is a mystery with more charm than complexity. Still, it's a pleasant read that is nicely written.

4 / 5

I received a copy of Rubies in the Roses from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle. Guinevere Evans has a dream summer job: cataloguing books at a castle on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall. With her perky dachshund Dolly by her side she explores the island’s colourful history, tries fabulous local food and sees the gorgeous sunsets. But when an old friend of her employer drops in, claiming a rare bejewelled wedding goblet is hidden in the castle gardens, strange events start to take place: several people turn up claiming they have a right to the elusive goblet, and a dead body is found on the beach. An unfortunate accident, or does this death relate to the struggle for ownership of the goblet? Is there even a goblet? Guinevere and Dolly dig in and discover plenty of motives to lie, steal and yes, maybe even kill. Can they prove what really happened to the victim and what became of the precious rubies that are at the heart of the mystery? The second book in the brand new Cornish Castle Mystery series, don’t miss DEATH PLAYS A PART - the first in this new cozy crime series.

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