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When elderly client Doris Hargrave informs private investigator Alexandra Neve that her beloved antique ruby heart necklace has gone missing for the second time in a period of over sixty years, Alexandra knows this is no ordinary jewellery theft. The ruby heart is a family heirloom and the only thing that connects an ailing Mrs Hargrave to her parents, who were murdered during the Holocaust.
To solve the case, Alexandra and her business partner, blind history professor Ashford Egan, must sift through obscure Holocaust documents to find out the truth. It’s that way that they learn of a secret World War II-era love affair which could hold the key to all the answers they are looking for. Meanwhile, Egan is under immense pressure from the university to quit his private investigating business, and Alexandra is afraid that a man she trusts will leave her. Again.
When Alexandra begins to receive anonymous threats and her flat is vandalised, this all becomes personal. Knowing that there is someone out there to hurt her, Alexandra vows to find that elusive ruby heart if it’s the last thing she ever does.
Neve and Egan are not your typical private detectives. In fact they came about the business unexpectedly and in a unique manner. They are a pair that work well together and compliment each other. See my review of the first book in the series below!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Book Description: Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?
Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.
Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.
As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.
My thoughts: I was surprised by this book. I wasn't sure that it would be one that I would get into and enjoy. The subject matter seemed like it would be a hard one to dive into. I was surprised by the writing and plot. Both were well done.
Alexandra is a young college student mourning the death of her best friend. The clues left by her friend do not add up to a suicide. She begins to question and research to find out what really happened. She is lead down an unlikely path, with the help of her blind professor, Ashford Egan, they are able to unravel a very tightly woven thread.
Their questions lead them to action, mystery, and danger. They uncover clues that put them in the path of the Russian mafia and other unscrupulous men.
I would recommed this book to a mature reader. The only content warning comes from a victim's description of her rape and contains the 'f' bomb.
About Cristelle Comby: Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.
Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.
She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.
Ruby Heart is her second new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.
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