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The Queen of Diamonds

(Red Dog Conspiracy #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  39 reviews

While the villain Frank Pagliacci has been defeated, all is not well in Bridges. The Four Families accuse each other of spying while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Dame Anastasia Louis, styling herself "The Queen of Diamonds," hires her long-time friend, private eye Jacqueline Spadros, to collect from her debtors so she can
Published October 1st 2016 by Red Dog Press LLC
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Margaret Fisk
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over
This is the second in the Red Dog Conspiracy series I have read, and I’ll tell you up front it didn’t go the way I’d expected from where The Jacq of Spades ends. I’d thought to see more of the gearing underpinning this society, but while there is mention of that story thread, it’s not the focus of The Queen of Diamonds.

Instead of delving deeply into the gears beneath the Bridges, this book is all about court politics, though in a more modern fashion tha
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Having enjoyed Loufbourrow's worldbuilding in the first of her Red Dog Conspiracy series, The Jacq Of Spades, I was keen to move on into this second volume, The Queen Of Diamonds. A busy book with lots of tangled intrigues, The Queen Of Diamonds is intended to be read after The Jacq of Spades, but Loufbourrow includes frequent recaps so readers probably could manage the books out of order. I was disappointed that the main plot isn't really ad
Diana Johnson
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Queen Of Diamonds, part 2 in the Red Dog Conspiracy, Further Establishes Patricia Loofbourrow in a Class of the Best!
Finding Jaqueline Spadros recovering from her horrifying ordeal, Jaqui is now even more determined to find evidence to bring before the Families to have justice served for murder and kidnapping! She is convinced if she can find something, anything to bring the Families, then something can be done to stop a very dangerous man from freely roaming the streets!!
A failed dinner pa
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In Queen of Diamonds, Jacqui Spadros is asked to settle financial matters for the self-proclaimed “Queen of Diamonds”, a seller of gems with special healing powers to the people of Bridges. Strangely enough, it seems Jacqui’s new assignment might involve an enemy Jacqui had hoped was dead.

I believe that I may actually like this installment better than the first one—which is saying a lot since I loved it! While Jacq of Spades set the tone for the setting of Bridges and introduced the major player
Kort Ploshay
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book hooked me and left me wondering who was really who. The second book managed to fill in some blanks and open more avenues to unanswered questions! The characters are very well developed, but they all seem to have secrets they "forgot to mention" and pasts they desperately wish to hide. Mystery upon mystery, while each riddle answered reveals another previously unknown riddle or two.

Mystery fans, you will thoroughly enjoy the rich world of the Red Dog Conspiracy and the multi-facete
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I did not think things could get any better than The Jacq of Spades, but let me say I was wrong. Things got more intense and a bit more surreal. I loved being in this world so much. The combination of the steampunk and the mystery and noir was just the right combinations. I found me a place to just get lost. And of course Machelle did a great job giving voice to the characters and setting the genre quality.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great in the series. Kept you intrigued once again. If possible, even better than the first.
Becky Rhoades
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one was better than the first. A lot more explanations and more action and information with the family and the rest of the story.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
received this book for free am voluntarily reviewing
Stunning continuation in the Red Dog Conspiracy, wonderful flow and interesting character perspectives and growth cannot wait to see where the story Grows next highly recommend
Sophie Koufes
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Book Two of The Red Dog Conspiracy Series. We begin right where Book One left off. A exciting & fast-paced conspiracy noir steampunk novel that is a must read. A remarkable written & developed novel with no plot holes. With compelling & quick-witted character's that are realistic. The premise of the novel is captivating. A spellbinding novel that is full of mystery, twists, suspense, blackmail, finding ailment cures, murder plotting, & plenty of secrets. With a jaw dropping ending leavin ...more
Becky Rhoades
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was better than the first. A lot more explanations and more action and information with the family and the rest of the story.
Tony Parsons
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blaze Rainbow (PI) & Jacqueline “Jacqui” Spadros (PI, Anastasia’s BFF) had rescued David Bryce (12, Air's youngest brother) at the the Diamond Party Time factory from his kidnappers.
Frank Pagliacci (villain) & Black Jack Diamond (enemy) were probably behind it.
The Spadros Pot was also a slum haven to city of Bridges.
Dr. Overs Gocow (London) was making a presentation to the Royal Academy of Science General Conference.

Employees of the Sprado household are: John Pearson (butler), Marja (50+, Kerr'
Leslie Fisher
My review for this book is going to be very similar to the first book. I love the atmosphere and the setting of this story. I think the characters are very clever, and yet, I still feel like I'm missing something. Its been hard for me to connect with the story for some reason, and I'm not sure why. There is a lot going on in the book, and the story moves at a fairly leisurely pace. I want to keep reading this series for the atmosphere alone, but I'm not left with as much satisfaction as I would ...more
Clabe Polk
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Tea parties, anyone? Well, where else would be mysteries be resolved?

Jacqui has finished saving David Bryce, and in the process she has shot and (she thinks) killed Frank Pagliacci. However, Jack Diamond, Frank Pagliacci’s sinister partner, still hovers threateningly in the background, his motives unknown. Meanwhile, Jacqui is busy stumbling roughshod over the guest list for a dinner party with little understanding of the potentially fatal social implications of seating arrangements in Bridges.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Queen of Diamonds is my third read from author Patricia Loofbourrow, following The Jacq of Spades, Tony and Roy & The Alcatraz Coup; obviously I’m enamored with the story & the writing. An enjoyable, detailed, well-written book with memorable, engaging characters. Captivating, enjoyable read, I'll be reading more from this author and I look forward to the next book in this series. ...more
Sandy Lipinski
I wanted to read it in one sitting. The characters are believable and come to life. Full of Intrigue with,mobsters, spying servants, deceiving friends, and old love.
Ola Adamska
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2016
Second book of the series, Patricia still know her work. The same level as first book. Super!
Cover is stunning! It doesn't overwhelmed reader, and make you curious what is inside the book.

Here Jacqui has to deal with one of Diamond's - get evidences for his deeds in the past. We follow Jacqui in her mission (like in first book).

Everything in this book has it's place (nothing come like in blink without reason that were written earlier or further in te book). Events are well described that made me
Julian White
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sequel to Jacq of Spades - and while that book was essentially resolved this one pauses rather than finishing. The city is in turmoil with several destabilising plots in progress. Jacqueline continues her private investigations but achieves very little, either in resolving her status or solving what is going on. The final book is due later this year* - and I'm looking forward to it very much.

There are a number of references to the outside world - Chicago is mentioned, as is England - and the mys
Amy Shannon
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A stunning sequel!

I read the first book in the Red Dog Conspiracy series, and I am honored to read this one. I like that you can just pick up this story and just read, whether or not you read the first one. As an author, we all hope fans will read every book in our series, and I intend to do just that. Loofbourrow is a wonderful writer, and her works are very well-written, with in-depth characters. Jacqui gets hired by the "Queen of Diamonds", but there is much to what Jacqui needs to take care
The Mysterious Reader
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
As warned in the Kindle publisher's blurb, this book is effectively "chapter 2" of a 13-part serial novel. It needs to be treated that way. If you can't accept such a premise then move on. If you can then you're in for a treat as Patricia Loofburrow is s heck of a good writer. As with it's predecessor this is a complex novel full of shades of grey rather than a simple black and white tale. The lead character here is equally complex and it's a pleasure to see how she deals with the world around h ...more
Laura Furuta
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Red Dog conspiracy series is awesome. It has action, conspiracies, mystery and danger to keep you holding your breath to see what happens next! In some ways I am at a loss for words. When reading time does seem to fly by. The characters are all fascinating as well as the world in which they live and in some cases die in. The families and their conflicts are part of the theme as well as the story of Jacqui and those who she loves and fights for. I highly recommend this book ...more
L. G.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good fun and quite intricate

This is the second book in what appears to be a 12 book series. The plot in this one, as in the first, slowly reveals itself. It's a strange world and one that takes time to get used to. If you read the first book then by now the various family interactions are forming inside your head . I'm not sure if this can be kept up for 10 more books or, if waiting for what might be quite a number of years to get to the end, will work. But for now, the trip is fun and the chara
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd book in the series of Bridges a town split 4 ways. It grabbed me first thing by the heroine reading the paper of new health and living discoveries. "Oh wouldn't that be something". Yeah I know it is fiction. Drama between the city separatist is ongoing and then everyone has all these secrets. How can one function daily without enraging one or the other? Very very tricky. Mysteries, suspense, and relationships weave through this tale. Oh my gosh, The ending left me shocked. More danger ah ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I agreed to post my review of this book, but perhaps I should have read book one first as I was truly lost until reading the excerpt did book two make more sense. This is my first time in reading this author and she intrigued me with Jacqui and her detail to supply the answers to the questions that would not let her rest until she had answers. Jacqui is warned that anyone helping her would die and her mother will be next! Jacqui has to make a choice as time is running out!
Angala Fox
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
This was a great mystery with lots of suspense. I was pulled in from beginning to end. I definitely recommend this book and this series.
Dawn W
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another exceptional yarn!
Note: This is Book 2 in the series and you really need Book 1 before enjoying this book.

Book 1 left me confused across the board. I wasn’t sure about the setting, I didn’t really get the main character, and the plot had so many little plots within it that I wasn’t sure that what I got was what the author intended. I did like this book better as it explained more of what was going on for all areas even if it didn’t clear everything up.

So I finally understand why Jacqui is going on about Joseph, w
Tango With Text
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Red Dog Conspiracy series, a steampunk mystery. The four families rule the city of Bridges and if you are not a recognised family member, you live in the slums known as the Pot. Jacqueline Spadros was born in the Pot but was kidnapped as a child, raised in the Spadros household and then married to the heir of the Spadros family. Although recovering from her last ordeal in the Jacq of Spades, Jacqui cannot let the kidnapping go – she needs to find evidence to bring to th ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The crime life goes on, and the situation darkens every day.
Jacqui defeated her enemy, Frank Pagliacci, and saved David, but the danger is not gone. Frank's partner, Jack Diamond, is still lurking in the shadows. The atmosphere is dense and it only gets worse after a tea party, when Jacqui is forced to understand that such a simple thing as a seating order is a very delicate feature and the scheme, if taken wrong, could have even deadly consequences. Now busy with the request of Dame Anastasia,
Beverly Laude
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery, steampunk, 2018
This book picks up right after the first one, "Jacq of Spades". Once again, we are following Jacqui Spadros as she delves into the underworld intrigues of her family.

After finding David Bryce after his kidnapping, Jacqui thought her troubles were over. But somebody has other things in mind. Add in Dame Anastasia and her fake jewels, the evil father-in-law and lots of secrets and you have another interesting installment in the Red Dog Conspiracy.

I have to admit that listening to these books is a
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Patricia Loofbourrow was born in southern California and currently lives in Oklahoma. Learning to read at the age of three, she grew up on Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov, and found at an early age that she loved science.

Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from Cal Poly Pomona then an MD from Rush University, Dr. Loofbourrow practiced family medicine for ten years

Other books in the series

Red Dog Conspiracy (4 books)
  • The Jacq of Spades (Red Dog Conspiracy, #1)
  • The Ace of Clubs (Red Dog Conspiracy, #3)
  • The King of Hearts (Red Dog Conspiracy #4)

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