Elinor, a disgraced lady and gem sleuth, finds herself in a mystery adventure in The Lady gem Diviner. Sincerity be damned, I didn’t anticipate falling in love with this book as much as I did. My hopes were quite low. I anticipated that this book would be another basic mystery with a generic narrative, generic characters, and some subpar writing that I would have to keep making up reasons to put off finishing.
This tale has it all—a little Vampiri spinster, a selkie (the fabled seal shifter), escaping French aristocrats, spies, and a band of smugglers—and is a joy to read. crafted with excellent design and a light sense of humour. Excellent characters; my favourite was the sassy young vampiri. Regency England has been given a lovely twist by the author, yet the fundamental facts of its history remain the same.
Elinor already faces enough difficulties without adding more. First, she has been exiled from London society due to a scandal involving her hidden talent for divining diamonds. Second, a questionable nobleman who lives somewhere along Devon’s coastline wants her to locate a stockpile of stolen diamonds. Last, and worst, she receives a cream tea invitation from the neighbourhood manor.
Rosalie Oaks, in my opinion, is a remarkable writer since she captures the reader’s interest on the first page. Her writing is exceptional, particularly given the genre. I frequently dislike reading historical literature because the present writing just makes the plot seem forced and makes it difficult for me to appreciate it. But The Lady Jewel Diviner was an exception. I never had the impression that I was reading a book. That is a very big compliment.
Rosalie Oaks creates a fantastic book with a compelling story and fantastic world-building. If not for her characters, her writing will make you fall head over heels. A diamond diviner and a Vampiri, a little vampire fairy-like being, make an alliance to solve a case of missing jewels in this recent mystery with a spooky supernatural twist. Consider reading this if you enjoy cosy mysteries and the Regency era.
About The Book
Miss Elinor Avely’s proper upbringing cannot prepare her for the tiny, spinster vampire who crashes into her sitting room and demands to be fed with a sheep. Elinor already has enough troubles without having to catch ruminants. First, her secret gift for divining jewels has landed her in scandal, exiling her from London society. Second, a nobleman of dubious repute wants her to find a cache of smuggled jewels, hidden somewhere along the Devon coastline. Last – and worst – she is invited to cream tea at the local manor.
And while the autocratic and magnificent Earl of Beresford might be there (and perhaps the jewels themselves too), Beresford is the last person Elinor wants to meet over cream tea. When a dead body is discovered along the cliffs, of course, such delicate considerations become secondary. Fortunately, Elinor now has a small vampiric chaperone – even if said spinster has a habit of appearing stark naked – and together they are ready to risk the hard questions.
The Lady Jewel Diviner
This paranormal Regency mystery with a discreet romance is highly entertaining. The story opens with Elinor Aveley living with her mother and brother in Devon. They borrowed the house when it became necessary for Elinor to leave London after an embarrassing incident involving a lost jewel, a suitor, and a gallant but unwelcome proposal. As luck often will have it in this type of book, Elinor’s would-be romantic interest has also left London for his family estate in Devon. Not everyone in this historic milieu knows about magic or the magical creatures that live among them. Elinor’s talent is that she can sense and locate jewels.
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