Rob Bates has written about the diamond industry for 30 years. He is currently the news director of JCK, the leading publication in the jewelry industry. He has won 12 editorial awards for his work.

He is also a comedy writer and performer, whose work has appeared on comedycentral.com, and McSweeney’s. He has also written for Time Out New York, New York Newsday, and Fastcompany.com.

His first novel in the Diamond District Mystery Series, A Murder is Forever, was published by Camel Press in October 2020. It was called “sprightly” by Publishers Weekly, which said that “readers will look forward to Mimi’s further adventures.”

The second novel in the series, Murder is Not a Girl’s Best Friend, will be published by Camel Press in February 2022. Booklist said it offers “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.”

Rob is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son. He is not a big fan of writing self-promoting bios.

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