Thursday, December 31, 2015

Review: Deadly Jewels: A Novel by Jeannette de Beauvoir

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 8 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0140MQVX8

Book Description

 When Martine LeDuc, publicity director for the city of Montréal, is summoned into the mayor's office, she's pleasantly surprised to find the city is due for a PR coup: a doctoral researcher at McGill University claims to have found proof that the British crown jewels were stored in Montréal during WWII.

Martine is thrilled to be part of the excavation project, until it turns out that the dig's discoveries include the skeleton of a man with diamonds in his ribcage and a hole in his skull. Is this decades-old murder leading her too far into the dangerous world of Canada’s neo-Nazi networks, or is there something going on that makes the jewels themselves deadly? Is history ever really completely buried?

With pressing personal issues crowding into her professional life, Martine needs to solve not only the puzzle of the jewels, but some more recent crimes—including another murder, a kidnapping, and the operation of an ancient cult in Montréal—and do it before the past reaches out to silence her for good.

About the Author

 JEANNETTE DE BEAUVOIR is an award-winning novelist and poet whose work has been translated into 12 languages and has appeared in 15 countries. She finds that the past always has some hold on the present, and writes mysteries and historical fiction that reflect that resonance. More information at

My Review

Deadly Jewels is the second book in the Martine LeDuc series by author Jeannette de Beauvoir. I discovered this series last year with the first book, Asylum, which is an incredible book that was very close to my heart. Deadly Jewels is a fabulous follow up.

Jeannette de Beauvoir has created a fascinating character in Martine LeDuc. The reader is very involved in her personal life as well as her business life. Martine is the PR director for the City of Montreal in the Province of Quebec. It is a lovely historic city that de Beauvoir portrays very realistically.

There is a fantastic mystery in Deadly Jewels. I love history and de Beauvoir takes us back to World War II in flashbacks. I did not know that England's crown jewels spent the war years in Canada. I had not heard that tale before. Very interesting. There is an old murder, a new one, kidnapping, and Nazis.  De Beauvoir is a great writer and this mystery kept me glued to the pages. I did not want to put it down. I was completely surprised by the ending!

Jeannette de Beauvoir is one of my new favorite authors! I'm already looking forward to the third book in the series. I highly recommend Deadly Jewels.


  1. I have Asylum and want to read it this year. Deadly Jewels looks very interesting too. I think I had heard that the Crown Jewels spent WWII in Canada, but I look forward to hearing more about that time period as it affected Canadians. And I know that I'll like Asylum. :-)

  2. I can hardly wait to check out this author. She sounds wonderful! Thanks for all your hard work.