Les larmes de diamant (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #12)
Erika Rosenthal has always been secretive with her friend and neighbor, Detective Inspector Gemma James, about her past, except for one telling detail: She and her long-dead husband, David, came to London as refugees from Nazi Germany. But now the elderly woman needs Gemma's help. A unique piece of jewelry stolen from her years ago has mysteriously turned up at a prestigi...more
Crombie is a remarkably good writer and, although she is an American writing Scotland Yard mysteries, I am very impressed with her British English! I only found one word in th ...more
I just don't particularly care for Gemma; she's not ...more
Erika escaped Nazi Germany along with her husband David and settled in England. Gemma’s father was a famed jeweler and remained in Germany but helped Erika and David escape. Her father gave Erika a ...more
DI Gemma James’ former neighbor, Erika Rosenthal, has asked for her help. A unique Art Deco brooch, made by her father in Germany at the beginning of WWII, was thought to be stolen and thought by Erika to relate to her husband’s suicide many years’ ago. Now it is in the catalogue of a London auction house. Gemma’s information investigation ...more
Gemma receives a call from an old friend, Erica. She looks in an auction catalog for valuable art objects, and finds that a brooch, which belonged to her, which her father made, and which was lost to her captors before she left Germany, has turned up in this catalog for sale. She asks Gemma to check it out. Gemma talks to the clerk who listed the brooch for sale but can g ...more
Detective Inspector Gemma James starts out by trying to help her older friend Erika, a Jew who managed to get out of Germany during the Nazi years. Erika had been married to David, her university professor, who was murdered in London by a Nazi who he was about to uncover (the man had changed his name to an English one)publicly and his manuscript stolen. Erika has a brief affair with the ...more
When a friend spots this diamond piece in an auction house catalog, Erika calls her friend Gemma to ask a favor: find out how the brooch came to be f ...more
Gemma's neighbour and friend, Erika, calls Gemma late one night. Erika is obviously upset and Gemma, even though she is in the middle of hosting a dinner, immediately goes over to see Erika.
Erika has learnt, through a friend, that an expensive brooch, that once belonged to Erika, is going to be auctioned off at a local Auction House. This brooch w ...more
Crombie lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats. She travels to Britain frequently to research her books.