The Diamond District Mysteries

From award-winning industry journalist Rob Bates

A diamond has many facets.

The Diamond District has many secrets.

Mimi Rosen is an unemployed reporter who is sometimes a little too outspoken for her own good. She is forced to work at her father’s gem company in New York City’s Diamond District, even though Mimi and her tradition-bound dad don’t always get along. But born reporters don’t stay idle for long.

Join Mimi as she uncovers the truth beneath the glitter.

BOOK TWO: MURDER IS NOT A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

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A Reverend from Africa has found a sparkling $20 million diamond that he hopes will free his continent from the scourge of blood diamonds. But this attempt to do good turns very bad.

PRAISE FOR MURDER IS NOT A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND:

“The best mysteries not only entertain but also educate… [Murder is Not a Girl’s Best Friend] succeeds on both counts. Bates offers readers not only an engaging sleuth with an amusingly snarky sense of humor but also a cleverly constructed plot rich with fascinating tidbits about the diamond trade.” – Booklist

BOOK ONE: A MURDER IS FOREVER

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Feature in the New York Times.

When Mimi’s diamond-dealer cousin Yosef is murdered-—seemingly for his $4 million pink diamond—she finds herself in the middle of a massive conspiracy, where she doesn’t know who to trust, or what to believe.

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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