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The Jewels of Manhattan

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  245 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Can you steal the perfect life?
Find out, in Carmen's fabulous Christmassy stand-alone novel!

It started with too many cocktails, as all great plans do...

1) Rob Auction house where sister works.
2) Sell the jewels.
3) Disappear and live happily ever after.

A completely brilliant and perfect plan... when you are a few Cosmopolitans down!

The three very different Jewel sisters, Am
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Corgi (first published November 10th 2011)
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Rea Cobb
Dec 06, 2011 Rea Cobb rated it liked it
I finished this book in just under two days which I found quite surprising as I can’t say I enjoyed every minute of the book, I can only say it is like when you taste something for the first time and you’r not sure if you like it so you keep going hoping it will get better, having said that there must have been something great about the book as usually I wouldn’t read pass the first chapter if I didn’t like the feel of the story.

Our main characters in this book are the three Jewel sisters Amber,
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 09, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
After reading Carmen Reid's Annie Valentine series about Personal Shopping, I knew I loved her books. However, I'm not sure what it is but I've been going through a reading slump when it comes to certain books and the library in my opinion hasn't had many great books out there to read lately. So when I took The Jewels of Manhattan home , I didn't exactly know what to expect but as I started it OMG I was hooked from the first page and definitely could not put down. The Jewels of Manhattan was ...more
Leah
Nov 03, 2011 Leah rated it liked it
Carmen Reid is an author I very much enjoy. I haven’t read any of her stand-alone novels, but I really, really enjoy her Annie Valentine series. I’ve read the first three books in the series and have the other two books to read and it’s a series I really like reading. So when I heard Carmen was releasing a Christmassy stand-alone novel I was thrilled. As soon as I saw the synopsis for The Jewels of Manhattan I was even more excited – it sounded like a Chick Lit version of Hustle or Leverage, two ...more
Claire Hill
Dec 13, 2015 Claire Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Carmen Reid book in a while as I loved the Annie Valentine Series, so I was looking forward to reading this book and boy I was not disappointed.
In this wonderful Jewel Sisters, Amber moves up to New York a year after her father dies for a fresh start but not for long as her sisters are hot on her heels. Emerald and Sapphire decide they need a fresh start away from Texas too…
All three sisters have different personalities Amber is a dress down kind of gal and doesn’t mind getting
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Agi
Dec 22, 2011 Agi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
3.5 stars.
Have thought really long how many stars is the best.
First of all, although Carmen Reid herself is just amazed with her idea of the plot, ie. stealing jewels by Jewels sister, I guess it doesn't take to me so much. Maybe it's not controversial, it's too big a word, but it just suit nowhere. What is this, actually? We should excuse the main characters, as they are the main characters and we are supposed to stand by them and like them and understand them, but sorry, it doesn't work that w
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Kate
Dec 25, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
This was an impulse buy, I loved the cover and the blurb intrigued me so I went ahead and got it (welcome to the simple world of my book buying requirements!).

The action started straight away with Amber and Sapphire becoming caught up in the middle of an armed robbery – this was a great way to start the book because it meant that I was hooked immediately. There were lots of laugh out loud moments throughout and there were many times that I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at some of the
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Damaskcat
Oct 17, 2012 Damaskcat rated it really liked it
I’m a fan of this author’s Annie Valentine Personal Shopper series so I approached this book with a certain amount of caution. I did enjoy it but maybe not as much as her other books. The Jewel sisters from Texas are all sharing an apartment in New York.

Amber and Sapphire are involved in the robbery of a jewellery store by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. From that point on their circumstances go downhill fast with Amber losing her job with an asset management company and the three o
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Ellemiek
Nov 29, 2011 Ellemiek rated it it was ok
Great idea for a novel a jewel heist by three sisters in Manhattan. However a couple of things didn't sit right with me. First of all the sisters were too young. As I am getting older I like my characters to grow up as well. Secondly there were no surprises at all. You could see it coming from page one. Thirdly: reality check please!! I like escapism as well as the next person but even I cannot suspend my willing disbelief this long!!
Danielle
Jan 13, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Manhattan is the perfect setting for this romantic comedy with a crime twist. The Jewell sisters are all adorable in their own way and the suspense ramps up at the start and keeps you utterly intrigued until the very last page. So refreshing to read a chicklit story that is so much more than boy meets girl.
Chantal
Dec 31, 2011 Chantal rated it really liked it
Don't you just love the cover! And the story itself is a perfect mix of light yet enthralling. Let me tell you, you DON'T know how its going to end. I got it for Christmas (it was on my wishlist) and I finished it before New Year's Eve. This was my perfect Christmas holiday read. Will always love it.
Aileen
Dec 05, 2011 Aileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the synopsis of this book and wasn’t sure I would like it, I don’t like or read Crime Novels, however after the first few chapters it moves swiftly on, I did eventually enjoy this book, but it wasn’t Carmen’s usual style of writing, the book was funny and I would recommend, but there was something missing for me.
Emelie Johansson
This book was so good. I had no idea what I would think of this and I ended up really enjoying it. It was so fun and quick to read. Just what I needed. I is over 400 pages but it went by so fast that it did not feel like it. This is just a fun, easy read about three sisters in New York and there daily struggles with life and I loved it. Really want to read more of Carmen Reid's books!
Laura
May 03, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Would have given it 4 stars but for the fact I got annoyed with the behaviour of one of the characters and the fact that it was sometime completely unrealistic. But saying that I did enjoy the book something a bit different to the normal chick lit I read, although the crime aspect of it was a bit obvious as to what would happen.
Will consider reading other books by the same author.
Letitia
Mar 21, 2013 Letitia rated it it was ok
This author is trying to write in the voices of Americans, but she is definitely missing the mark. She is using vocabulary that no American would ever use or even know what half of them mean. It's bugging me so much, it's really hard to focus on the story. In addition, the story is extremely mediocre and not very entertaining. Do NOT recommend.
Andie Long
Dec 11, 2011 Andie Long rated it did not like it
Was really looking forward to this book as I like the author and my friend really rated it. I thought the characters were vacuous, wanted a vacuous life and everything worked out tickety boo for them all even though they needed a good slap. About as Christmassy as an Easter egg.
Susan
May 19, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
A light-hearted, fun, escapist read, with strongly drawn characters, I warmed to Amber in particular. I was keen to find how the storyline panned out, but some aspects of the plot were a bit far fetched.
Nova
Apr 04, 2013 Nova rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the end, but the real action only starts after the first half of the book... It just kind if ruins it when you have to read 200 pages to get to the real gem. Haha. Punny.
Erica H
Aug 02, 2012 Erica H rated it liked it
parts are a little poorly written but overall this was an enjoyable distraction from the daily commute.
Fiona Webb
Chick lit crime, ok for a light read between other grittier books, or as a holiday read. Enjoyed it.
Hannah Howard
Oct 11, 2012 Hannah Howard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carmen reid fans and anyone who loves a good love/chicklit
a bit slow to start but a good read with a surprise ending. Another good read by Carmen Reid <3 xxx
Neza Cec
Feb 22, 2015 Neza Cec rated it it was ok
A nice book help you switch off your brain after a hard day. Worth reading if you're looking for some light reading, but otherwise it's nothing special.
Cj
Feb 17, 2012 Cj rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: rachel millward
I really enjoy Annie Valentine series of books but hile this was quite good and did have captivating parts I didtn enjoy it as much as her others. Still recommend it though.
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Carmen was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.

This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.

She is currently working on her eigth novel for grown-ups and her third novel for teenagers. Well, she likes to keep busy.

Carmen did once study English Literature at
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