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Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz. London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn. Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamo Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz. London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn. Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair—where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest. As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears—and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation. With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes—all without missing a beat.


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Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz. London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn. Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamo Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz. London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn. Superintendent Sunderland has had word that a deserter who stole a fortune in diamonds as he fled the war is a member of the Aristippus private members’ club in Mayfair—where the Dizzy Heights have a residency. And the thief is planning to steal a hoard of jewels hidden there under the cover of a dance contest. As mutual pal Lady Hardcastle has suggested, Skins and Dunn are perfectly placed to be Sunderland’s eyes and ears—and Skins’s wife Ellie soon lends a hand with a bit of light snooping. But the stakes change dramatically when a mysterious death at the club brings a sinister note to the investigation. With the dance contest fast approaching, the trio must solve the mystery of the missing diamonds, unmask the murderer, and prevent more deadly crimes—all without missing a beat.

30 review for The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds

  1. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey brings to life 1925 London. The country is recovering from the war and escapism from the devastation comes with jazz music, dancing, and excellent company. This is the first book in the Dizzy Heights Mystery series and is a spin-off series from the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series. Dizzy Heights is a jazz band featuring Ivor ‘Dizzy’ Maloney (drummer) and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn (double bass) along with the brass section, banjo player, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey brings to life 1925 London. The country is recovering from the war and escapism from the devastation comes with jazz music, dancing, and excellent company. This is the first book in the Dizzy Heights Mystery series and is a spin-off series from the Lady Hardcastle Mystery series. Dizzy Heights is a jazz band featuring Ivor ‘Dizzy’ Maloney (drummer) and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn (double bass) along with the brass section, banjo player, and speaking trumpet. It is believed that a deserter stole a fortune in diamonds while in France during the war. He is now believed to be a member of the Aristippus Club where the band plays. When Superintendent Sunderland of Scotland Yard asks for their help, Dizzy and Barty agree. They also enlist the help of Dizzy’s wife Ellie and the other band members. Will it really be that easy for amateurs to find the deserter and prevent more crimes? Who is the cunning criminal? The main characters of Dizzy, Barty, and Ellie were likeable and unusual. Their repartee elevated the level of the book and gave this reader a fun laugh-out-loud moments, but there were a few too many puns. This supporting cast had varying degrees of depth, but provided balance and contrast to the main characters. Additionally, protagonists from this author’s other series, Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong, make a short cameo appearance. The author brings a strong sense of time and place and easily transported this reader to post-war London. Adding to that, the cultural aspects made reading this book an immersive experience and felt authentic. I easily pictured the club, the band, and saw the Charleston being danced. Friendship is at the heart of this novel and Kinsey brings it to life. Besides the diamond theft, other themes included murder, desertion, conscientious objection, how women were treated and what was starting to change. My one quibble is that the pace was a little slow in places. Overall, this was a light, fun, and entertaining historical cozy mystery. Jazz band members as amateur sleuths was a unique and enjoyable approach. Reading this novel made me want to read the Lady Hardcastle mystery series as well as the next novel featuring the Dizzy Heights. The author’s note has several interesting tidbits of information that are worth reading. Those that like historical cozy mysteries will likely enjoy this spin-off series. This is my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and are not biased in any way. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Khurram

    More of a warm band family than a mystery. A very enjoyable read. This is not my usual sort of book but I am very glad I got a chance to read it. It was great to have a hook set in london, and like the author Wood Green has a ver nostalgic place in my heart. The mystery aspect of the book is a distant second place in the book. It is really getting to get yo know the characters, and these are great characters. I am not sure if 2 of the main characters are what I would call detective material. They More of a warm band family than a mystery. A very enjoyable read. This is not my usual sort of book but I am very glad I got a chance to read it. It was great to have a hook set in london, and like the author Wood Green has a ver nostalgic place in my heart. The mystery aspect of the book is a distant second place in the book. It is really getting to get yo know the characters, and these are great characters. I am not sure if 2 of the main characters are what I would call detective material. They would not be my first call to solve a crime, but definitely to hangout with. Another thing I liked about this book is the setting in post World War 1 London. I like that there is less of a divide among the classes, as if is between people who served in the militery and those that did not. Though most of the officer positions did go to the upper class in general. I would really like to see what is next for the characters in this book. It will be interesting if, now the characters are established, Skins and Durn can get there detective skills on par with their musical talents, likability personalities or atleast in line with the women.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I am a big fan of this author's Lady Hardcastle series so as soon as I became aware of this spinoff series I had to give it a try. The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds is set a a time when the most popular dance was the Charleston and people met at a Lyon's Corner House for pots of tea and cakes. Kinsey is a master at the art of setting the scene, both historically and musically. He also writes very appealing and witty characters and there is a lot of amusing banter between the main charac I am a big fan of this author's Lady Hardcastle series so as soon as I became aware of this spinoff series I had to give it a try. The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds is set a a time when the most popular dance was the Charleston and people met at a Lyon's Corner House for pots of tea and cakes. Kinsey is a master at the art of setting the scene, both historically and musically. He also writes very appealing and witty characters and there is a lot of amusing banter between the main characters. The mystery is interesting and is resolved in a satisfactory way. I enjoyed this book very much, not quite as much yet as the other series but I am sure it will grow on me with future books. Lady Hardcastle and Flo do pop in this one for a quick visit, and Flo and Ellie keep up a correspondence throughout the book. I am hoping the author will continue to write their series as well. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Working for Superintendent Sunderland was a different way of going about their music, as the Dizzy Heights played many gigs in London in 1925, but with Skins and Barty, good friends of Lady Hardcastle and Flo, and best friends themselves, everything was lighthearted and fun and loved by many. The dance contest that the band had promised to play for – helping them practice every week - saw the group bumble their way through their first lessons. But when a murder occurred in the Aristippus Club in Working for Superintendent Sunderland was a different way of going about their music, as the Dizzy Heights played many gigs in London in 1925, but with Skins and Barty, good friends of Lady Hardcastle and Flo, and best friends themselves, everything was lighthearted and fun and loved by many. The dance contest that the band had promised to play for – helping them practice every week - saw the group bumble their way through their first lessons. But when a murder occurred in the Aristippus Club in Mayfair where Dizzy Heights were playing, things became personal, and they were determined to find the killer. They also vowed to sort out Sunderland’s problem along the way. Would the Alphabet boys win the dance contest? And would they discover the killer and thief before the entertainment was over? The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds is the 1st in A Dizzy Heights Mystery series by T.E. Kinsey and it was fun and entertaining. I laughed out loud many times, especially at Skins and Barty’s antics and comments. There wasn’t much interaction with Lady Hardcastle and Flo but they were behind the scenes. All in all, a great start to a new series by the author of The Lady Hardcastle Mysteries which I love! Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    fleurette

    This is my first book by this author. I haven't read too many historical mysteries either. But I definitely liked this one. I really liked the way this book is written. The author did a great job introducing the atmosphere of the 20's not only to the plot but also to the language of the book. And he did it with real humor and intuition. When you read a book, you can almost feel the atmosphere of jazz. Everything from the style of writing to the characters to the plot is permeated with it. This i This is my first book by this author. I haven't read too many historical mysteries either. But I definitely liked this one. I really liked the way this book is written. The author did a great job introducing the atmosphere of the 20's not only to the plot but also to the language of the book. And he did it with real humor and intuition. When you read a book, you can almost feel the atmosphere of jazz. Everything from the style of writing to the characters to the plot is permeated with it. This is a very well created 20's styling. At the same time, this story is written in a playful tone with a grain of salt. If you like this type of narrative, then you won't be disappointed. Another strong point is the interesting and diverse characters. The book mostly focuses on three people – Dunn, his best friend Skins and Skins’ wife Ellie. This trio makes a very well-knit team, then you’ve got the other members of the Dizzy Heights band, just as colorful and fascinating. I really like the dynamics of the relationship between all these characters. Their friendly banter gives the book an additional humorous twist. They make a great team to which I will gladly come back in the next book. They are complemented by the Alphabet Gang - a group of potential suspects, which in itself is also very interesting and introduces another comic element. And finally, we have an interesting and complicated criminal plot, still in the style of the 20s and novels from that time. Although I admit that the death of one of the characters at the beginning of the book surprised and saddened me. I wish it could have been avoided. And while I wasn't particularly surprised by who turned out to be the thief, watching Ellie and the guys try to solve it in their own unique way was great entertainment. Also because of the fast pace which I like very much. There is a lot of exceptionally good dialogue here that effectively sets the pace and introduces this light, playful tone. Only at the beginning we get short information about Skins and Dunn's childhood and how they met. But it is not tiring or boring, it just allows us to quickly orientate ourselves in the situation and enjoy the novel. We get the rest without any problems throughout the story. I definitely recommend this book to all those who like historical mysteries set in the 1920s and jazz musicians who, despite their grim wartime experiences, take little things seriously. Although this may not be a book for people who do not like any, even the smallest, mentions about the war (in this case the First World War), because the plot of this book refers to such events. Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    So fun to read this wonderful spin-off series from author T.E. Kinsey! Although the indomitable Emily, Lady Hardcastle and her sassy maid Florence Armstrong do put in an appearance, the main attractions — and sleuths — are drummer Ivor “Skins” Maloney, bass player Barty Dunn and Maloney’s American wife. We first met the musicians and best mates in the very first Lady Hardcastle novel, A Quiet Life in the Country, and the pair now lead a band called the Dizzy Heights, which plays this new America So fun to read this wonderful spin-off series from author T.E. Kinsey! Although the indomitable Emily, Lady Hardcastle and her sassy maid Florence Armstrong do put in an appearance, the main attractions — and sleuths — are drummer Ivor “Skins” Maloney, bass player Barty Dunn and Maloney’s American wife. We first met the musicians and best mates in the very first Lady Hardcastle novel, A Quiet Life in the Country, and the pair now lead a band called the Dizzy Heights, which plays this new American music called jazz. Set a little more than 15 years after that book, Skins and Barty — along with Skins’ wife Ellie (the former Eleanora Wilson from book No. 6, Death Beside the Seaside) investigate a long-ago diamond theft that leads to murder. (No spoiler, as both are in the title!) As humorous, clever and fun as any of the titles in the original series, with luck, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds will be the first of many in this spin-off series that’s as good as the first one and more suspenseful than most of the Lady Hardcastle books. (Still, Mr. Kinsey, a little more Lady Hardcastle and Flo always improves a book, to my mind. Just sayin’.) Highly recommended. For those reading the Audible edition, the series’ usual wonderful narrator Elizabeth Knowelden is joined by the capable Simon Mattacks, making the Audible version the one to savor.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This first book in a Lady Hardcastle spin-off series is one of the free ebook choices in Amazon First Reads’ program for Prime members this month!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cozy_Pug

    This was disappointing. I've very much enjoyed Kinsey's Lady and Lady's Maid mystery series. This book, I assume the first in a new, spinoff series, was more of a book about a jazz band than a mystery. The time devoted to the mystery was little compared to the time devoted to the band and the personal lives of the main band members. Kinsey plays drums in a band, so I can see how this spinoff involving the drummer in a band would appeal to him. Perhaps the next book in the series will focus more This was disappointing. I've very much enjoyed Kinsey's Lady and Lady's Maid mystery series. This book, I assume the first in a new, spinoff series, was more of a book about a jazz band than a mystery. The time devoted to the mystery was little compared to the time devoted to the band and the personal lives of the main band members. Kinsey plays drums in a band, so I can see how this spinoff involving the drummer in a band would appeal to him. Perhaps the next book in the series will focus more on mystery. The best part of the book is the club gentlemen in a horse costume - can't go wrong with that old gag. This is a pretty clean book, which I always appreciate.

  9. 5 out of 5

    karen wescott

    Thanks for another Goodreads Giveaway. For those fond of British mysteries set in 1925 after WWI. Fun set up. Liked the husband and wife combo. 100 pages too long. 300 pages of redundancy 20 pages of mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I really enjoy T. E. Kensey's Lady Hardcastle series when I pick it up, so I was excited about the spin-off of it. Here we follow Skins Maloney and Barty Dunn, with the edition of Skins' wife Ellie, superintendent Sunderland and the band that the boys are in, The Dizzy Heights. The year is 1925. Jazz music is getting very popular in Britain, so The Dizzy Heights are quite busy with gigs. Then an old acquaintance, Sunderland, reaches out to Skins and Dunn to ask for their help. As one of the gigs I really enjoy T. E. Kensey's Lady Hardcastle series when I pick it up, so I was excited about the spin-off of it. Here we follow Skins Maloney and Barty Dunn, with the edition of Skins' wife Ellie, superintendent Sunderland and the band that the boys are in, The Dizzy Heights. The year is 1925. Jazz music is getting very popular in Britain, so The Dizzy Heights are quite busy with gigs. Then an old acquaintance, Sunderland, reaches out to Skins and Dunn to ask for their help. As one of the gigs, The Dizzy Heights are playing for a group of club members called The Alphabet Gang, who will participate in a dancing contest in a few weeks. The police have reasons to suspect that one of the group's members is an imposter and is in fact a diamond thief. Skins and Dunn are asked to look closer at each member to try and figure out who it might be. Things get more complicated when someone from The Dizzy Heights is murdered. I enjoyed this one. It was nice to see the characters that I already breifly know take center stage. This book is set quite a few years in the future, so Emily Hardcastle is almost 60 years old! She and Flo Armstrong make a brief appearance and they are still kicking it. My biggest complaint is that for a mystery novel there was very little investigating going on. The book is over 300 pages but the solving of the crime only happened in the last 20%. The rest of it was just lots of dialogues and dance practices. I wasn't too mad about that because I liked The Alphabet Gang, they were hilarious, and I liked the relationship between our main characters, Ellie was definitely my favorite. But I still wish there was more clues and theories and so on. But overall, it wasn't a bad first book in a new series. You definitely don't have to have read the Lady Hardcastle books to understand this one, it stands well on its own. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    (2.5) the low rating is strictly personal. the writing is excellent and the worldbuilding flows easily, but for me it was difficult to really get immersed because a) it's a spin-off of another series (which i didn't know at first), and b) i guess i don't really like "cozy mysteries." everything was just a little too lukewarm for me, the action very minimal; it's more of a character story and an exploration of 1920s london than a real crime story. there's an in-depth look at the budding jazz scen (2.5) the low rating is strictly personal. the writing is excellent and the worldbuilding flows easily, but for me it was difficult to really get immersed because a) it's a spin-off of another series (which i didn't know at first), and b) i guess i don't really like "cozy mysteries." everything was just a little too lukewarm for me, the action very minimal; it's more of a character story and an exploration of 1920s london than a real crime story. there's an in-depth look at the budding jazz scene, richly detailed with imagery of the city, and crimes just happen to occur every couple chapters. there's some guest appearances from the characters of the primary series and while there is enough detail provided to fill in the gaps if you haven't read those books, it made me feel a little lost, personally, but i also don't find it interesting enough to go and read the other series. but i mean it when i say it's well-written; kinsey really does an incredible job of establishing character voices and setting the scene in an interesting way. i don't really enjoy historical or period settings, but i didn't find myself struggling to keep up with it in the usual way, so major props to the author for that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kylea

    It would seem the author got caught up in his humorous characters, witty banter, and comical scenes, and forgot to focus on building suspense or creating a believable mystery. The mystery part of the book falls flat and so the book is disappointing even though the characters had me laughing and the author clearly had a talent for alliterations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    H B CALDER

    This tale was a damp squib... The action just never got going. Page after page in each chapter going over the same details. Characters weak and ill formed, supposed I assume to echo Christie etc. but just does not work. Would not recommend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: March 14th 2021 "It's more than just deserters and secret vaults. It's personal." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ Somehow I don't read nearly enough cozy mysteries even though I do enjoy the genre, so when I saw The Deadly Mystery Of The Missing Diamonds mentioned I simply couldn't resist getting a copy. I loved the sound of both the historical setting and t Finished reading: March 14th 2021 "It's more than just deserters and secret vaults. It's personal." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ Somehow I don't read nearly enough cozy mysteries even though I do enjoy the genre, so when I saw The Deadly Mystery Of The Missing Diamonds mentioned I simply couldn't resist getting a copy. I loved the sound of both the historical setting and the jazz element, and I've been looking forward to read it ever since... And I definitely ended up having a great time with it. Whether you enjoy historical fiction or cozy mysteries, this first book of a series will sing to you! I especially loved just how important music is throughout the story. Not only does the story itself focus on the Dizzy Heights band and its members, but there is also plenty of musical performance, band practise and dance lessons with the band. I really liked how the whole jazz scene was described and this element really came alive for me... And the same goes for the historical setting in general. We have references to WWI, we have references to the 1920s London jazz world, we have references to an old hidden treasure... All elements that help turning The Deadly Mystery Of The Missing Diamonds into a big hit. As for the characters... I found that they were really easy to connect to in general. The story has quite a few different characters in play and it can take a little while to place them all, but once you do it is easy to keep them apart and follow their development. I especially liked the band members; both their dynamics and how they worked together to solve the mystery. Lady Hardcastle and Superintendent Sunderland are less present although still important to the plot, and I'm curious to see what role they will play in the future. This story uses a multiple POV structure to help you get to know the characters better as well as putting those plot twists in place. The Deadly Mystery Of Missing Diamonds also uses flashbacks to the past and letters to spice things up and enhance the plot structure. While I do have to say that the mystery itself isn't too complicated and quite easy to figure out, it does fit the cozy mystery genre very well and I really enjoyed seeing the band members trying to solve the case. In short, I ended up having an excellent time with this first book of a new historical cozy mystery series, and if you are a fan of the genre I'm sure you will have a great time with The Deadly Mystery Of Missing Diamonds. The jazz element definitely takes this story to the next level! (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    Jazz Age Cozy Review of the Thomas & Mercer Kindle eBook edition (to be released March 1, 2021) The Deadly Mystery... was one of the 9 possible selections in the 2nd month of the Amazon First Reads program which offered 1 free Advance Reading Copy (ARC) selection to Prime members in Canada (2 copies in the USA). This is a spin-off from the author's other popular cozy series the Lady Emily Hardcastle & Florence Armstrong mysteries. Musicians Ivor "Skins" Maloney and Bartholomew Dunn have made severa Jazz Age Cozy Review of the Thomas & Mercer Kindle eBook edition (to be released March 1, 2021) The Deadly Mystery... was one of the 9 possible selections in the 2nd month of the Amazon First Reads program which offered 1 free Advance Reading Copy (ARC) selection to Prime members in Canada (2 copies in the USA). This is a spin-off from the author's other popular cozy series the Lady Emily Hardcastle & Florence Armstrong mysteries. Musicians Ivor "Skins" Maloney and Bartholomew Dunn have made several guest appearances in that pre-World War I series. This new Dizzy Heights series jumps forward in time to 1925 where Skins & Dunn now play in a jazz band called the Dizzy Heights. Things are kept fairly light throughout with much of the time taken up by banter between the musicians and their interactions with members at a club where they are undercover in order to assist the police with a possible deserter and diamond smuggler enquiry. Skins and Dunn spend more of their time bantering and it is left to Skins' wife Ellie to take a firmer hand in order to bring the investigation to a conclusion. Ellie has an occasional correspondence with Flo Armstrong which provides an opportunity to update Hardcastle series readers on those characters. The Deadly Mystery... was definitely in very light cozy territory but did have a strong element of authentic research behind it. The author's note gives some details in that regard. There are no notes about the music authenticity but every single work mentioned that I previously knew about was authentic to the period (e.g. King Oliver's "Dippermouth Blues", George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", etc.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    I had an absolute blast reading this. It's funny and charming throughout. It's a book of dialog - loads of conversations and not that much 'action' really. Also enjoyable for a musician to read, although there's not lots of jargon that might put others off. The whodunnit aspect is intriguing and well played and ends in a slightly unusual way, which was interesting - that certainly is a bit of action. It's not perfect; characters lack depth, probably from trying too hard to have multiple protagon I had an absolute blast reading this. It's funny and charming throughout. It's a book of dialog - loads of conversations and not that much 'action' really. Also enjoyable for a musician to read, although there's not lots of jargon that might put others off. The whodunnit aspect is intriguing and well played and ends in a slightly unusual way, which was interesting - that certainly is a bit of action. It's not perfect; characters lack depth, probably from trying too hard to have multiple protagonists. But it's just trying to be fun and it really, really is. Highly recommended if you need a break from more heavy works or subjects.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    3.5 stars rounded up for easy listening! A fun and light historical cosy mystery. It's a spin off from the Lady Hardcastle and Flo mystery series set around 1911, this book is set later in 1925. Band members (friends of Lady H and Flo) are asked to 'keep an eye on' a (very) amateur dance group but they get rather more embroiled in the mystery than they expected. Lots of fun and spliced with historical nuggets of interest. 3.5 stars rounded up for easy listening! A fun and light historical cosy mystery. It's a spin off from the Lady Hardcastle and Flo mystery series set around 1911, this book is set later in 1925. Band members (friends of Lady H and Flo) are asked to 'keep an eye on' a (very) amateur dance group but they get rather more embroiled in the mystery than they expected. Lots of fun and spliced with historical nuggets of interest.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    Nice ripper of a mystery set in about 1925. New music, new lingo, new mores. and a sweet adventure for the Dizzy Heights jazz band to assist the coppers in finding a deserter and diamond thief. Lost a star for putting the climax too early--or the last TWO chapters in too late. Lost its mojo at the end. But a lot of fun.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alayne

    Another excellent mystery story from TE Kinsey. This one only mentions Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong, but concentrates on Skins and Barty from the band. Inspector Sunderland is back, but promoted to Superintendent and in the Metropolitan Police force instead of Bristol. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I absolutely loved this book and I want to thank the author for my advanced reader copy through #GoodreadsGiveaway. I am absolutely going to read the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries series now. I wish I had read it first now, as this is a spin-off of that series with what I'm assuming were some tertiary characters. I have to admit I am a jazz-hater, so I'm glad I did not have to hear the music throughout the book. That would have changed my impressions greatly. The story centers around a jazz band, tw I absolutely loved this book and I want to thank the author for my advanced reader copy through #GoodreadsGiveaway. I am absolutely going to read the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries series now. I wish I had read it first now, as this is a spin-off of that series with what I'm assuming were some tertiary characters. I have to admit I am a jazz-hater, so I'm glad I did not have to hear the music throughout the book. That would have changed my impressions greatly. The story centers around a jazz band, two of whose members, Skins and Dunn, have been coopted by Scotland Yard to help them find an army deserter turned jewel thief. The two consider themselves amateur comedians and they never take themselves very seriously, so the banter between the two is really fun. I also love the chemistry between Skins and his wife American wife, Ellie. Peppered throughout the book, the two argue about American vs. English versions of the same idioms and it's really funny. I always enjoy a light, comedic mystery and this one does not disappoint. It kept me laughing all the way through and the mystery was well laid out. I had my suspicions, but I was not certain of the culprit until pretty close to the end. I would highly recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    Ugh. I wish I hadn’t wasted time reading this. It was full of unnecessary information and lingo. It seemed like half of the book was spent talking about dance steps or carting around instruments. I ended up just skimming the last few chapters to at least finish it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    M.

    2⭐️ for the humour. For this reader, it didn’t measure up to Kinsey’s other, original series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    I have long been a fan of T.E. Kinsey's humorous Lady Hardcastle historical mystery series, so when I found out that he was branching out, I jumped at the chance to read The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds. While I didn't find it quite as much fun as following Lady Hardcastle and her redoubtable maid Florence Armstrong on their adventures, the potential is certainly there, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. The strongest parts of this first Dizzy Heights mystery are I have long been a fan of T.E. Kinsey's humorous Lady Hardcastle historical mystery series, so when I found out that he was branching out, I jumped at the chance to read The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds. While I didn't find it quite as much fun as following Lady Hardcastle and her redoubtable maid Florence Armstrong on their adventures, the potential is certainly there, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series. The strongest parts of this first Dizzy Heights mystery are its setting in Jazz Age London when people are still reeling from the slaughter of World War I and its superb mystery that kept me guessing every step of the way. There are three main characters in The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds. We're first introduced to Skins Maloney's American heiress wife, Ellie, by her letters written to Florence Armstrong while Ellie was a nurse during the war. Ellie first met Skins in 1910 when he was in a band playing ragtime, and when they eventually married, the executors of her father's will invoked the "gold diggers" clause to prevent Skins from running off with all Ellie's money. They are truly in love, have a wonderful family life, and really don't care that they have to wait until their tenth wedding anniversary to come into Ellie's inheritance. Barty Dunn, on the other hand, is the quintessential single man-about-town who can't settle down and lives in a flat with a doting landlady and an old prune next-door who makes it her life's ambition to get him thrown in jail. Part of the humor in this Dizzy Heights mystery concerns Ellie being from across the pond, and I laughed when I read this line: "I asked Cook to get corn on the cob but apparently the greengrocer looked at her like she was asking for mermaid tears collected in a unicorn horn." The differences between our two cultures are always good for a laugh, and although I didn't feel that the dialogue sparkled as much as it can (and does) in a Lady Hardcastle mystery, I know that Skins, Ellie, and Barty haven't quite hit their stride-- and I'm looking forward to the time when they do.

  24. 5 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    As suspected, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds did not blow me away. I don't enjoy cozy mysteries much. I don't enjoy modern authors setting mysteries in the 1920s much. So, this was the perfect storm. Still, I enjoyed The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds. There were enough details and likeable characters that kept me reading even tho this was not a challenging mystery to solve. I also liked the jazz setting. The mystery itself was pretty straight-forward and the way that the charac As suspected, The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds did not blow me away. I don't enjoy cozy mysteries much. I don't enjoy modern authors setting mysteries in the 1920s much. So, this was the perfect storm. Still, I enjoyed The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds. There were enough details and likeable characters that kept me reading even tho this was not a challenging mystery to solve. I also liked the jazz setting. The mystery itself was pretty straight-forward and the way that the characters set about solving the mystery was a bit laughable, but what really bugged me was that the author withheld what fabulously deadly poison was employed by the baddies. It just felt like a cop-out to describe it as "fast-acting poison" in the solution and not give the reader - well, this reader! - the chance to work out how the poisoning would have worked. (Or indeed, if it could have worked the way the author described it in the story.) So, in all, it was an ok story with fun characters, but just not really my cuppa. It was a nice diversion from the more serious book I meant to read, tho.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    I don't recall how I learned about this new mystery series but I was intrigued to read it. It's 1925 and musicians are delighting the party-goers out for a night on the town with the music of the era which includes the ragtime Charleston as part of the dancing music reportoire. The music for the Charleston is in quick 4/4 time with syncopated rhythms although I found the pace of the mystery to be in the quieter pace of smooth jazz (not elevator music simply nice and easy). One detail in the story I don't recall how I learned about this new mystery series but I was intrigued to read it. It's 1925 and musicians are delighting the party-goers out for a night on the town with the music of the era which includes the ragtime Charleston as part of the dancing music reportoire. The music for the Charleston is in quick 4/4 time with syncopated rhythms although I found the pace of the mystery to be in the quieter pace of smooth jazz (not elevator music simply nice and easy). One detail in the story that really made me smile is that an upcoming birthday is mentioned for one of the friends and the birth day is the same as mine. That was a "1st time ever" experience in all of my years of reading and I will confess that I loved it! It was so unexpected! :) This is the first time I've met members of the band becoming amateur sleuths but they were delightfully effective especially as the band leader's wife is best friends with Lady Hardcastle and Flo Armstrong who have apparently been quite successful in assisting with murder investigations and were happy to share some tips for "cracking cases." I'm not sure if I'll continue reading this series but I would like to read the author's "A Quiet Life in the Country" (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries, Book 1).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    3.5 stars. The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds was an enjoyable, light-hearted mystery! Set in the 1920's, two band mates - Skins and Barty, are asked to help solve a mystery of a war deserter/diamond thief hanging out at the gentlemen's club where their jazz band - The Dizzy Heights - play regularly. Skins' wife Ellie, and the other bandmates all get involved to try to get information from a group of new members who call themselves the Alphabet Gang and solve not just the mystery of the 3.5 stars. The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds was an enjoyable, light-hearted mystery! Set in the 1920's, two band mates - Skins and Barty, are asked to help solve a mystery of a war deserter/diamond thief hanging out at the gentlemen's club where their jazz band - The Dizzy Heights - play regularly. Skins' wife Ellie, and the other bandmates all get involved to try to get information from a group of new members who call themselves the Alphabet Gang and solve not just the mystery of the missing diamonds, but also solve the murder of one of their own that occurs during the investigation. I found the characters to be quite endearing and quirky which made it an enjoyable read for me. Some parts moved a little slow, but the personalities of the characters and silly banter won me over. I definitely would read additional books by T E Kinsey in this series. Thanks to #NetGally, T E Kinsey, and Amazon Publishing UK for this ARC of #TheDeadlyMysteryoftheMissingDiamonds

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2021 bk 44 T. E. Kinsey has done it again - he has created a new series, but one tied to his Lady Hardcastle, that is a joy to read. The history was very well researched. I enjoy reading about the 1920's and this series allows us to enjoy seeing the youthful side characters of Lady Hardcastle's earlier series mature and settle into their careers as musicians. Add to the jazz beat, is Inspector (now Superintendent) Sunderland requesting their assistance in a mystery at the club to which they have 2021 bk 44 T. E. Kinsey has done it again - he has created a new series, but one tied to his Lady Hardcastle, that is a joy to read. The history was very well researched. I enjoy reading about the 1920's and this series allows us to enjoy seeing the youthful side characters of Lady Hardcastle's earlier series mature and settle into their careers as musicians. Add to the jazz beat, is Inspector (now Superintendent) Sunderland requesting their assistance in a mystery at the club to which they have just been hired. The who dun it was a slow reveal, with all of the pieces only coming together in a wonderful scene near the end of the book. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and I know it is one I will read again with pleasure.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Avid Reader Catching up with the band 15 years later was quite interesting since Lady Hardcastle was probably 35 when they met. Should she not have had a love interest in all that time, especially since she isn't poor. Exactly, how old is Flo? Great mystery with the band and Skins ' American wife. Avid Reader Catching up with the band 15 years later was quite interesting since Lady Hardcastle was probably 35 when they met. Should she not have had a love interest in all that time, especially since she isn't poor. Exactly, how old is Flo? Great mystery with the band and Skins ' American wife.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Barry

    Set in the 1920's, this story follows two best friends who play together in a London jazz band. The drummer 'skins' is married to an American heiress who has connections to the spy and super sleuth Lady Hardcastle. They were all previously entangled in a murder mystery which had has led them to be sought after by the police. Superintendent Sunderland was a humble inspector when they last crossed paths, but now after a promotion a day a transfer has asked the band for their help. There is a diamo Set in the 1920's, this story follows two best friends who play together in a London jazz band. The drummer 'skins' is married to an American heiress who has connections to the spy and super sleuth Lady Hardcastle. They were all previously entangled in a murder mystery which had has led them to be sought after by the police. Superintendent Sunderland was a humble inspector when they last crossed paths, but now after a promotion a day a transfer has asked the band for their help. There is a diamond thief hiding in plain sight at a gentlemens club the band have a regular slot in. So the police want them to be their eyes and ears behind the scenes to sniff out any peculiar behaviour. Starting with the Alphabet gang. With the help from other band members and advise from Lady Hardcastle, the mystery begins to unfold, putting someone in mortal danger as they come a little too close for comfort. I did enjoy reading this book. It was easy to follow, the characters were interesting a day had a great rapport. I also enjoyed the language. I found the puns between the band a bit tiresome and forced. Most were just really not funny and got quite irritating. It wasn't really much of a whodunit. There was very little suspense and it was very simple to work out for yourself. I don't think the band found out anything that couldn't have been discovered by basic police work. It made them appear quite lazy really. It definitely wasn't much of a brain teaser. The book was however, good fun. Perfect for after reading something a bit dark and heavy. I would probably look out for others once they are published because I enjoyed the relationship between the characters and the language used was great. Really entertaining. I would recommend this to someone as a light introduction to period murder mysteries. It was fun and zippy. Great banter if you skip past the cringey dad jokes. Very enjoyable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    This is an engaging and entertaining read featuring a fun cast of characters in a colorful historical setting. I especially liked inclusion of an American to shake up the Brits from time to time with her foreign ways! The mystery kinda takes a back seat, so if that is your main objective you might be a bit disappointed. I dithered between 3 and 4 but landed on 4 because of the lovely Author's Note that explains a lot of background (In 1914 the average working-class British man was 5'2" and the a This is an engaging and entertaining read featuring a fun cast of characters in a colorful historical setting. I especially liked inclusion of an American to shake up the Brits from time to time with her foreign ways! The mystery kinda takes a back seat, so if that is your main objective you might be a bit disappointed. I dithered between 3 and 4 but landed on 4 because of the lovely Author's Note that explains a lot of background (In 1914 the average working-class British man was 5'2" and the aristocrats were 5' 6", for example) and answers some questions I just wondered about, like 25,000 pounds in 1918 is equivalent to 1.4 million pounds in 2019. This book was written with good attention to detail and accuracy! (Although I STILL do not know what made our fearless detectives narrow their attention so quickly to the Alphabet Boys and eliminate the rest of the club members)

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