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The Final Cut (A Brit in the FBI #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  5,227 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison kick off with The Final Cut, the 1st book in A Brit in the FBI Series, which is a spin-off from Coulter’s FBI series.

We are introduced to Scotland Yard’s Det. Chief Insp. Nicholas Drummond, born of an American mother and English father, who was raised in Britain and who becomes the first ever Brit to join the FBI. Tall, dark and dangerous and often described in the same mould as James Bond.
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He travels to New York when one of his colleagues, Elaine York was fou
Sharon Redfern
A great start to a new series. The Final Cut is book one in a series introducing Det. Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond of New Scotland Yard. DCI Drummonds ends up coming over the pond to investigate the theft of the Koh-I-Noor diamond from the Queen Mother's Crown while it is on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. One of the wrinkles in the theft is the possibility that the Scotland Yard officer who came to coordinate security might have been part of the plot prior to being murdered.

Nicholas is
Cardyn Brooks
In fairness, waiting a few more weeks to let the disappointment from Bombshell completely fade may have allowed me to enjoy The Final Cut with more enthusiasm.

The Final Cut is more cohesive than C.C.'s earlier 2013 release, but the quality of the writing is still weak compared to her best work. Characterizations of the criminals are more substantial and compelling than what's offered about Mike and Nicholas, who come off as flat caricatures in comparison. Multiple references to James Bond, supe
The Final Cut was an excellent read - treachery, betrayal, thievery, murder, stuff that blows up - how could you not like this book?

The storyline was well thought out and researched - a new hero to love and respect with tinges of Bond, James Bond, although no martini's were served during the novel, you could imagine them being shaken and not stirred :)

A little bit of "woowoo" thrown in, not my cup of tea, but I'm okay with it.

So 2 thumbs up and 5 stars - if you haven't read this book yet, do so!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a fast-paced, involving read. I liked the frequent action scenes and the globe-trotting, caperish narrative. While Nicholas is quite dashing, the antiheroic Fox really steals the show. I would continue reading this series.

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I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I loved it. A different book for Catherine Coulter but I think it was her best yet. It kept me on my toes and I love the potential between the 2 main characters. I can not wait for the next one. :)
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I received an advance copy of this title through the First To Read program from Penguin.

I'd give this more like 3.5 Stars but I'll round up on this occasion.

I've always loved Coulter's FBI Thriller Series. I enjoyed the mixing it up by adding a "Brit" to the FBI. While the book was on the long side, it was a quick read. It doesn't have quite the same feel as the other FBI thrillers by Coulter. Nicho
I received an advance copy of this title through the First To Read program from Penguin.
The Final Cut is a fast paced thriller that I was reluctant to put down. The plot is well-designed and hooked me right away. The characters had depth of personality that made their relationships and interactions very believable. I found myself rooting both for The Fox and those set on capturing her. I look forward to reading Coutler’s FBI series written previous to this one and of c
Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond of the New Scotland Yard, goes against the orders of his superior, immediately hopping a plane to New York upon hearing of the death of his friend/former lover/coworker, Inspector Elaine York. She’d merely been the babysitter of the Crown Jewels during their first ever exhibit outside of Britain. While still on the plane he also learns that the large and infamous Koh-i-Noor diamond seated in the crown has been stolen and replaced with a fake.

Special A
The Koh-i-Noor diamond’s been stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown while on loan for a special exhibit at the NY Metropolitan Art Museum, taken from right under the noses of the Met’s security and the New York FBI.
Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond from New Scotland Yard is on his way to the US, against the wishes of his superior to assist in investigating an associate’s murder when he learns of the theft of the diamond and his associate’s alleged connection to the crime.
NY FBI Special Agent Mike
It's always disappointing when a favorite author flunks (see The Heist, and this is another one. The plot is just *slightly* familiar, so stop me if you've heard it before: a famous jewel thief known as The Fox trained by a criminal mastermind, a cursed jewel, and a former spy turned policeman. Yeah.

But it could have been redeemed by the characters, if only they also weren't overly familiar. Even Savich and Sherlock, the reason most of us are reading this, are cookie-cutter characters. They appe
Even though I gave the last two Catherine Coulter books I read a decent amount of stars, I have felt a bit lukewarm about them. The dialogue seems a bit stiff, almost like the characters are speaking to themselves or just not letting anyone else reply before moving on to the next thing they want to say.

This one started out like that with the weird dialogue but it definitely got better and it moved a lot faster. The action sequences later on in the book were great and I really did enjoy the stor
Shirley Worley
My number finally came to the top of my library's wait list for The Final Cut. After putting it aside several times in favor of others in my to-read pile, I realized the book had three strikes against it before I even turned a page. First, although I enjoy Coulter's FBI series, I was not overly thrilled with her latest, Bomb Shell. Secondly, looking at the mere size of the book before me,449 pages, I was somewhat hesitant to pick it up. Thirdly, other than author Louise Penny, whom I dearly love ...more
Debra Davis
Very good. An exceptional thriller combining the smart and gutsy FBI agent with a former British spy, now New Scotland Yard agent. Together they chance an internal jewel thief who has stolen the Koh-I-Nor from the Queen mother's crown while at a special exhibit of the British Crown Jewels at the Met in N.Y.C. FBI agents, Dillon Savich and his Lacey Sherlock help with the investigation,stateside. The author weaves a wonderful tale melding real historic fact with fiction in a seamless story of int ...more
Perhaps 4.5 stars.

I really liked this book, the first of Catherine Coulter's new series, co-authored by J.T. Ellison.

I have not read Coulter's previous FBI series, so I cannot evaluate this book in comparison with the previous books. This hardcover copy came in at a hefty 449 pages, plus the author's endnote about the real Koh-i-Noor diamond in the Queen Mother's crown.
Things about this book annoyed me, like Sherlock's look around the one crime scene, and that it seemed super special that she could do that. It annoyed me. And some word choices. But I enjoyed the mystery, and I can't wait to read more!
The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and T. J Ellison.
Chief Inspector Nicholas Deummond has just learned that a colleague has been found murdered in the US. Inspector Elaine York, she was the minder of the crown jewels for the Jewel of the Lion exhitbit at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts.
The centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from the Queen Mother's Crown.
FBI Special Agent Mike Caine was not happy to see Nike Drummond. She did not think that she needed his help.
Oh yeah loved this book, I can sure see this as a really good new series.
Trish Jackson
Catherine Coulter with Co-author J.T. Ellison have really 'brought it' this time.

The well-known married FBI team, Savich and Sherlock take a back seat, but nevertheless play an important role in solving the crime.

Hunky New Scotland Yard detective Nicholas Drummond drops everything to fly to New York when his associate Elaine York is murdered while on assignment to guard the famous Koh-i-nor diamond, on loan from England to the Metropolitan Museum. The evidence implicates Elaine in the theft, and
Jean Poulos
I understand this is to be the first book in a new series about a “Brit in the FBI”. Catherine Coulter has a co-author on this book J. T. Ellison The book starts out with Det. Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond traveling from London to New York City as a member of his Scotland Yard team has been murdered. Det. Inspector Elaine York was on the protection detail accompanying the Koh-I-Noor diamond, the center piece of the Queen Mother’s Crown which is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. S ...more
I haven't read any of Catherine Coulter's books yet, but am looking forward to her FBI series which numbers about 18 books. But before I begin that series, I was introduced her NEW series featuring Nicholas Drummond, Scotland Yard in the 1st book, "The Final Cut". So we'll see how it goes.

I gave this 2 stars because I didn't find it on par with other thriller/mystery books that I'm so enamored. It's hard to describe how I felt about this, except to say I'm surprised that Coulter, with h
I really like this book. The plot revolves around the theft from the Queen Mother's crown of the Koh-I-Noor diamond while it is on exhibit in the USA. New Scotland Yard and the FBI join together to track down the thief. I was intrigued not only with the action of the plot - but also by the real mystery of the jewel itself. This novel is extremely readable - with short chapters which always left me wanting to read more. The plot and characters are easy to follow - I do not enjoy a book if I const ...more
Mike Cuthbert
Coulter has long been a master of the “sexy guy, sexy lady” sleuth novel and she meets her standard again in this potboiler of a novel. The Koh-i-Noor diamond is in the center of the action as she brings Nicholas Drummond of New Scotland Yard into an FBI mix that includes Sherlock and Savich from previous Coulter entries to solve the heist. Thought to be the act of The Fox, a legendary burglar, it turns out that it is The Fox, but the Fox is not, as supposed, a crafty male but a glamorous mixed- ...more
Excellent thriller. If you've read any of Ms. Coulter's books featuring FBI agents Sherlock & Savich, they make an appearance, but this book introduces us to a new character - Nicholas Drummond, who is a Brit by the birth, but also a US citizen, since his mom is an American - a member of New Scotland Yard. He doesn't always play by the book and that does not set well with his supervisor. When he receives word that his former partner has been found murdered in New York City, he disobeys his s ...more
Problem with plausibility, Koh-I-Noor, Mountain of Light
The Koh-I-Noor is the most coveted diamond in history, the authors would have you believe. Currently in the crown of the now-deceased Queen Mother of England, the Indian Koh-I-Noor has been snatched from one ruler after another. The curse it carries is that no male can wear it on his head – as a crown or turban. Only a woman may wear it. The authors postulate that English royalty has not ignored this curse by inserting it in a female’s crow
I took several evenings out to read this fast-paced thriller about the theft of the Koh-I-Noor diamond from an exhibit at the Met. Coulter, who has a long-running series of FBI thrillers to her name, here introduces a new character to her list. Nicholas Drummond is a former British black ops operative who has "retired" at the grand old age of twenty-eight to New Scotland Yard, where life is presumably slower and somewhat less horrific than it was in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern hot spots ...more
Laura Ruetz
This would have gotten more stars if there had not been so many printing mistakes. I'm not sure who, if anybody, even proofread this book. I was astounded to see so many mistakes by such a big name author. The wrong name was used in places ( talking about his grandfather, then it randomly switches to grandmother, than back to grandfather, double words, verbs missing, words out of order)

Now, onto the good...We see two familiar faces, Sherlock and Savich, and they are joined with a new character,
I've always like Catherine Coulter's books and this was no exception. I was excited to read the first in a new series. Nicholas Drummond is Detective Chief Inspector with New Scotland Yard. When he learns that a colleague, the British expert on the royal family jewelry which is to be on display in NY, is found dead, he flies to New York to work her murder investigation. And then the Koh-l-Nohr diamond from the exhibit is stolen and his friend is associated to the theft.

While in NY, Nicholas is t
Catherine Nelson
Whatever shortcomings the story itself might have had were grossly overshadowed by the complicated performance of the story. Not only were there two narrators, one male and one female, which I generally dislike, the producers went so far as to have each bit of narration performed by the character it pertained to. So within the span of two minutes, we might hear from four or more narrators, all in their own voices. Some might find this enjoyable, but I find it chaotic and jolting, especially in h ...more
Daniel Rudge
An enjoyable summer read from Catherine Coulter. The book revolves around the chase for the Koh-I-Noor diamond, a part of the crown jewels on display at the Met in New York City. When main character Nicholas Drummond of Scotland Yard learns that his friend and fellow Scotland Yard Inspector Elaine York is found murdered, Nicholas boards the first plane from New York to clear his friend and find the killer. Then in a brazen robbery, the Koh-I-Noor diamond is stolen and Drummond must catch the thi ...more
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