A MURDER IS FOREVER

OUT NOW FROM CAMEL PRESS!

NEWS FLASH: The second book in the The Diamond District Mystery series, “Murder is Not a Girl’s Best Friend,” will be published in February 2022.

PRAISE FOR A MURDER IS FOREVER:

“[A] sprightly debut …. Bates, who has more than 25 years as a journalist covering the diamond business, easily slips in loads of fascinating information on diamonds and Jewish culture without losing sight of the mystery plot. Readers will look forward to Mimi’s further adventures.” – Publishers Weekly

“Engaging and suspenseful … The plot-dri­ven nar­ra­tive moves speed­i­ly along in con­cise short chap­ters that fea­ture twists, turns, and sur­pris­es. … A Mur­der Is For­ev­er is an enter­tain­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing read. Mimi’s next adven­ture will be eager­ly await­ed by Bates’s new­found fans.” – The Jewish Book Council

“I loved every minute of it. [The] plot is fascinating and filled with red herrings … I’m looking forward to future books in this series. A Murder is Forever is a marvelous and impressive debut novel; it’s most highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite

“A captivating story that is heartfelt and full of personality … A Murder is Forever had a little bit of everything that makes a mystery novel so enthralling from the lovable characters, a setting to get lost in, a little bit of romance and sinister bad guys. This one will keep you on your toes and up late into the night turning pages. I know that I certainly hope to read more about Mimi and Max soon.” – Book Review Crew

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Award-winning journalist Rob Bates’ first mystery novel!

Max Rosen always said the diamond business isn’t about sorting the gems, it’s about sorting the people. His daughter Mimi is about to learn that some people, like some diamonds, can have serious flaws.

Out of options—and money—unemployed journalist Mimi Rosen goes to work for her father’s gem company in New York’s Diamond District, though Mimi and her tradition-bound dad don’t always get along.

After Mimi’s diamond-dealer cousin Yosef is murdered—seemingly for his $4 million pink diamond—Mimi finds herself in the middle of a massive conspiracy, where she doesn’t know who to trust, or what to believe. Now she must find out the truth about both the diamond and her cousin, before whoever killed Yosef, gets her.

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ISBN-13: 9781603812214