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The Final Cut

(A Brit in the FBI #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,324 ratings  ·  787 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 Yo
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is a 2014 Jove publication.

I’ve been stoked about this series ever since I picked up a stand alone novel by ‘Thriller Chick’, J.T. Ellison. Naturally, having her paired with veteran thriller writer Catherine Coulter, makes this series a big draw.

I am happy to report this first installment is amazing!

Right away we are introduced to Nicholas Drummond, Scotland Yard chief inspector. When his friend, Elaine York, is found dead, it hits him hard,
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
A jewel heist. A murder. And a Brit coming overseas to help in an FBI investigation when an old friend is caught up in the middle of it all. I’m a big fan of both JT Ellison and Catherine Coulter so I was eager to read a book they’d written together, especially since I’d been looking forward to another FBI thriller series. Lots of appearances by favorite series characters like Savich and Sherlock. This was a crazy game of cat and mouse as our jewel heist caper took us on a chase across the globe ...more
Sharon Redfern
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: speculative
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
Pleasant surprise for this audio version of a Catherine Coulter suspense novel.

As with many suspense novels the action takes place within a very short time period and over several countries. In this case the theft of the Koohinoor diamond, a very real diamond and the center stone of the Queen of England's crown, is the starting point. Alex Drummond - New Scotland Yard detective, a hunky 007 type, half American/half Brit, comes over to "help" the FBI because a close friend (and I suspect ex-lover
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Final Cut was an excellent read - treachery, betrayal, thievery, murder, stuff that blows up - how could you not like this book? This was a re-read for me to refresh my memory about Nickolas Drummond and Mike Caine, so I could read the full series.

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" t
Max Nova
Mar 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Garbage! Full of lazy writing ("instincts!"), melodrama, and cliche. A completely unbelievable plot and cast of characters - "Sherlock," really? Not helped by the FBI / Interpol descriptions that sound like they were written by someone who once saw a spy movie. Should have trusted my own "instincts" and shut this down after the first hour. ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its an alright book but I won’t be continuing the series
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good start to a new series, but nothing exceptional. Nicholas Drummond works for Scotland yard but has dual citizenship with both England and the US. He involves himself in the FBI's investigation into the death of another Scotland Yard inspector, Elaine York, who was in the US overseeing an exhibition of a special jewel from the queen's crown.

I've never read J.T. Ellison but I read Coulter's FBI series regularly and this book seemed like straight up Coulter. I couldn't see Ellison's
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
CC is a new author for me and to tell you the truth, I'm not that impressed. I know it was co-written but it fell a bit flat and the characters came across shallow, no depth. The writing didn't flow and felt amateurish. I started skimming about half way through, which is not a good sign and more or less clinched the deal for me. To be truthful, it's only one and a half stars, can't quite make it to two.

I'm going to give Catherine Coulter solely written books a go.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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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Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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. :)
Mandy Dimins
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, mystery
This is a rollicking fun and quick read if you suspend some disbelief.

Nicholas Drummond of New Scotland Yard is shocked when his friend, Inspector Elaine York, is murdered in New York while on duty escorting and guarding Britain's Crown Jewels, on loan to the Metropolitan Museum. He flies to America and is soon embroiled in a plot to steal the biggest diamond of them all, the enigmatic and supposedly cursed Koh-i-Noor diamond. Along with Michaela Caine of the FBI, the duo hunt down an evasive ar
Dec 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to DarkHeraldMage by: Tonya Perkins
This was a really fun read, especially the split narrator style audiobook that I listened to. The amount of real history built into the story was very enticing, only furthering the excitement and mysticism the authors were building up. There were a few things along the way in this mystery that I was able to accurately predict would be coming, but I still enjoyed the journey and definitely got caught off guard plenty. I think I'll have to add the next book in the series to my eventual TBR list. ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is also posted on my blog at

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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually found a Book 1 in this series. About fainted. I understand this is 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 Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond traveling from London to New York City as a member of his Scotland Yard team has been murdered. Detective Inspector Elaine York was on the protection detail accompanying the Koh-I-Noor diamond, the center piece of the Queen Mother’s ...more
Shelley Giusti
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. It pulls you in and keeps you captivated. A few twist along the way keep you on the edge of your seat
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: interview
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
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Fredrick Danysh
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The crown jewels of England are on loan to the New York Met for an exhibit escorted by Scotland Yard Detective Elaine York. When York is tortured and murdered and the Koh-i-Noor diamond from the crown is stolen by a master thief called The Fox, Detective Inspector Nicholas Drummond enters the hunt for the killer and the diamond. This mystery kept me trying to read without disruptions.
Debra Davis
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

Its been a long time since I visited any of the characters in Coulter's FBI series but when I read that Sherlock and Savich were in this book I wanted to check it out. I enjoyed the mystery, the characters, and the interesting jewel history lesson. The mystery was not the type to grab you by the throat and keep you on the edge of your seat. However, it was definitely entertaining. I enjoyed the book, even though this library copy of the audio CD set was in horrible shape and I
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it, had a bit of everything but not really an RS title, more of a thriller/suspense. But I do see possibilities for the two leads. Jewel theft, Brit spy, FBI and the heart of a jewel thief. Had me the entire time. narration a 5
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