The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
About the Book
The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
1st in Series
Independently Published (June 3, 2019)
Paperback: 204 pages
Digital ASIN: B07SKB5YX7
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.
The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna – copyright 2019
Two uniformed officers got out of the first car and waited at the bottom of the steps while the man in the second car talked on his radio. After he exited the SUV, the three men conferred for a moment and then climbed the steps toward our welcoming party.
When they reached us, I sucked in a surprised breath. Though he had traded his boating attire for faded jeans and a white T-shirt, Mr. Twinkling Green Eyes with the beautiful, caramel-colored skin from the gas station stood before me. I tried to figure out the odds of the guy who stole my donut being a cop, but I couldn’t. I barely passed stats my freshman year of college. My best guess was “pretty low.”
I elbowed Grace and mouthed “donut.”
Her palpable disgust had me assuming she thought I needed a sugar fix. With a shake of my head, I whispered, “It’s the guy from the mini-mart who stole my donut.”
She squinted at the man before shrugging me off.
“Mrs. Braun?” Mr. Green Eyes asked in an official, police officer voice. Ivy stepped forward, and he held out his hand to her. “I’m Detective Ryan O’Mara, and these are officers Conway and Lewis.”
While Ivy greeted them, my mind puzzled over his name. He looked nothing like a red-headed leprechaun, and I should know, being three-quarters Irish myself.
“And you are?” The detective directed the question at Grace and me.
“This is Emma Moore and Grace Warner,” Ivy replied. “They were with me when I discovered the missing jewels. I thought you would want to talk to them.”
“We’ve already met,” I blurted out, drawing everyone’s attention. “At the mini-mart. Earlier today.” Grace’s fingernail poked my thigh, her subtle way of suggesting I stop babbling.
O’Mara played it cool with a barely perceptible nod. “We’re going to have to interview everyone here, guests as well as staff. Do you know if anyone has left the party yet?”
“No, I don’t.” Ivy clasped her hands together, and her fingers turned white from the pressure. “We invited over one hundred and fifty people. I’m sure a few left as soon as the auction ended.”
“How long ago was that?”
“Maybe thirty minutes?” The uncertainty in her voice had us nodding in confirmation.
The detective glanced sharply at his watch, his tight lips corroborating his displeasure. “We’ll need a list of all the guests and the staff, both temporary and permanent.” He pulled a notepad and pen out of his back pocket and gestured at the front door. “And we’ll need somewhere to conduct interviews. What’s the biggest room you have in there?”
“The ballroom, but the dining room would be more comfortable for the guests. We could bring in more chairs, and people could sit and eat while they wait.”
O’Mara turned to the uniformed officers. “Call the Williams Bay station and see if Dannon and York can join us. Then round up everyone, put them in the dining room, and start the interviews. I’m going to check out the crime scene with the ladies.” He rubbed a hand over his tightly cropped, black curls. “It’s going to be a long night.”a Rafflecopter giveaway
About 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 Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. 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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