28 August, 2019

23 August, 2019

The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna - [Book Review]



Book Details:

Book Title: The Great Jewel Robbery: A Front Page Mystery Book 1 by

Elizabeth McKenna

Category: Adult Fiction, 204 pages

Genre: Cozy mystery

Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna

Release date: May 28, 2019

Tour dates: August 19-30, 2019

Content Rating: PG-13 (There is no profanity. There is drinking, desire, and a kiss.)


Book Description:

Mystery with a splash of romance…Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. 

When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. 

With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

To read more reviews, please visit Elizabeth McKenna's page on iRead Book Tours.


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My Review:

The first thing that caught my attention is the book cover. It's amazing. Very well designed and attractive.

The story is about the jewel robbery in a posh party and the investigation. While Emma, a journalist has to attend a charity auction event with Grace as plus one, things take a different turn when they realize that the jewelry set for auction is stolen.

Since their host Ivy is dear to both Grace and Emma, they decide to take the investigation in their hands. 

This is not a crime thriller or a mystery novel. I felt it is a light read. The plot, the mystery, and the backdrop are fine but it is more of a casual read than a thriller. 

Emma Moore is a fun character, a no-nonsense girl who doesn't take no for an answer. She is brave and intelligent. Even though Emma and Grace couldn't find any clue till the last minute, they use their social skills to talk to guests and get the insider information about family and the event.

Detective O'Mara is an attractive and interesting character. The plot, the motive behind the crime look reasonable but all the plan revealed by the same person is quite boring instead of someone finding out the details.

I would recommend this to readers who love women fiction and casual reads.

My Rating: 3.5/5

PS: I have received a review copy from iread book tours in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

Meet the Author: 



Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write the historical romance novels Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life (she eventually married her first crush)



The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.



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15 August, 2019

Sky watch #wordlesswednesday

The cotton candy sky


Can I catch the clouds?



Linking this to #wordlesswednesday hosted by Natasha and Esha.


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02 August, 2019

Outside my window #WordsMatter

Outside my window? Thanks to the beautiful nature, I get to see a lot outside my window. Every season changes the scenery but all amaze me equally.

By the way, I reside in a beautiful mountain town called "Colorado Springs " in USA. I get to see mountains every day from our window. How cool is that!

Being from a tropical country near equator, I haven't experienced snow in my life until I reached 28 years. So, I love watching mountains covered with snow. It gives me a feeling that the nature is so pure and Iam grateful to be able to experience it.



If you have assumed the above pic is a wallpaper,  you are mistaken.  Ofcourse, the photo is stylized by Google photos, but this is the real view.



Gorge on the views of snow peaked mountains!

When schools start for my kids, I won't get much time to cherish the beauty of nature but I dream of sipping coffee by the window-side , reading a good thriller any morning without worrying about preparing breakfast. It's not often that these kind of dreams come true,  sigh!

Our duckies also enjoy the window-side!


Weather is not always awesome here. A snow blizzard like this might blind our view sometimes.

This means no school on that day. Opportunity to sleep more 🙂

This also means, we have to clean our car for 15 mins scraping the snow and turning on heaters until hands come back to normal after freezing with cold.


You see! Nature can show it's both sides.

Now, it's summer! The view is completely different. I don't have a picture though to show you. The mountains turned green with trees now. A good sight!

What do you see outside your window? Anything interesting? Do share in comments.

Until next time,






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