Monday, May 2, 2016

Ruby Heart by Cristelle Comby

 

About Cristelle Comby
 
 
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

She is the author of the Neve & Egan crime novels series. The four books in the series are Russian Dolls, Ruby Heart, Danse Macabre and Blind Chess.

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Review by Anniek

Private investigators Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are hired to find the Ruby Heart. This is a beautiful necklace which was made by a Jewish jeweler out of love for his wife. During the war the necklace was stolen, but it turned up in Italy many years later. The rightful owner Doris Hargrave retrieved this irreplaceable necklace only for it to be stolen again.

Doris is an elderly woman who is reaching the end of her life. She wants nothing more than to get the necklace back, so she can give it to her granddaughter who will be married soon. The necklace represents eternal love and a happy marriage to Doris and this is of course also what she wants for her granddaughter.

Alexandra and Ash are doing everything they can to find the necklace for Doris. They go back in time to see if they can find out who stole the necklace during the war. They are convinced that the thefts are connected. When they get closer to the truth it is obvious that some very influential criminals are trying to stop them. It is not the first time that they have been in danger but these criminals aren't ready to give up before they have completed their job.

Alexandra and Ash are a strange combination. Ash is cold and keeps his emotions hidden. Alexandra is the reckless one with a fierce character. They both have other senses which they rely upon. Ash is blind so he is a master in hearing the underlying meaning of things people are saying. He can spot a liar immediately. Alexandra is depending on her eyes and pays attention to what body language can tell her. She is also a talented artist and is good at drawing detailed pictures. Even though they are so different they are best friends and will do anything for each other.

Cristelle Comby has written a vivid story. Ruby Heart starts during the war and ends many years later. Because of the detailed descriptions you are completely sucked into the story. You read about the awful times during the war but also how Alexandra and Ashford start with their investigations and how they go from lead to lead. The Ruby Heart sounds like a beautiful piece of jewelry and its sentimental value makes it so much more important.

If you like historical mysteries then I would really recommend you to pick up a book from Cristelle Comby. She gives her stories that little extra on every part that really counts.

Giveaway

Cristelle Comby will be sending an autographed copy of the complete 4 book series, to a randomly drawn winner during the tour. Good Luck!
 

93 comments:

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    1. Hi,
      It's impossible to name just one. But the best I've read last year was "Departure" by A. G. Riddle.

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  2. Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer?

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    1. Hi Mai,

      It is a lonely job, but I don't mind. I've always been comfortable on my own. And the promotional phase of book publishing is always filled with lots of interesting encounters :)

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  3. Thank you for the chance . These books sounds great .
    What made you deside to become a writer ?
    is there an author who gives you inspiration ?

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    1. Hi Esther,

      I've always loved writing, as far back as I remember.
      I'm a huge fan of Jim Butcher, I love his style!

      Thanks

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    2. Thank you for answering my questions :)
      I have never read a book by Jim
      Butcher .

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  4. What gives you inspiration to write?

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  5. These sound terrific! I would love to read them!

    Deborah

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  6. Hi, thanks for having me and for the great review.

    For everyone interested, you can download for free the prequel short story on my website: www.cristelle-comby.com

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  7. Wow I love the software this. I really enjoy a good mystery book. If I don't win I will still buy it to read

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  8. These books sound awesome! I love a good mystery and time travel is something that has always fascinated me.
    My question is: what is it like living in a french-speaking area of Switzerland? Do you speak both English and French fluently? (Also, what country would you most like to visit?) :)

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    1. Hi, Switzerland's a little strange language-wise. We have 4 official languages here :)
      I live near Geveva, that's in the French-speaking area, but I've had to learn German and English at school. I use both for my day-job.

      I'd love to go to America one day. Asia too.

      Thanks,
      Cristelle

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  9. what inspired you to begin writing>?

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  10. These books sound really original. You must have had to do a lot of research.

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  11. Wow.. The complete set for the giveaway!! This is amazing, thank you!!
    -Ishita

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  12. Always love a bit of a mystery. Thank you for the post.

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  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, sounds like a great series

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  14. What are the most difficult scenes to write?

    Betul E.

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    1. Hi,

      Deep emotional scenes are hard. It's all about not "over-doing" it, so as to not loose pacing.

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  15. who is your favorite author

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    1. Hi,

      My favourite author is Jim Butcher. I love the dark humour in his books.

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  16. Do you write in French and German, too? And would it be easier for you to write in French, for instance?

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    1. I can write in French, and I manage simple stuff in German. But for some inexplicable reason, when it comes to fiction I'm more at ease writing in English. Makes no sense, I know... but that's how the muse works best :).

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  17. I love detective stories and these two P.I.s sound so different from any I've read. I look forward to reading these stories.

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  18. Do you base your chARacters on people you know?

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  19. Any tips for someone who wants to write books?

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    1. Never give up! Never ever... you're the only one who can kill your dreams.

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  20. I love crime shows, but I haven't read many crime books. I'd love to give these a try!

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    1. Chocolate lovers! The best club to be a part of :)

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  22. What where some of the difficult scenes to write in this book ?

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    1. Hi,

      All the historical bits. That required a lot of research :)

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  23. Wow! I would love to read this series! Thank you for the chance! :)

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  24. Guys, thanks a lot for the interest in my books -- you totally made my day!
    You can get the first book for free from Amazon. And you can get the prequel story, also for free, on my website: www.cristelle-comby.com

    Thanks again,
    Love you'all

    Cristelle

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  25. This series sounds really good. Thanks for the chance.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  26. Thank you, Cristelle, for the info :)

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  27. Thank you for answering my questions :)

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  28. I can imagine that all the historical bits take a lot of reasearch :)

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    1. Hi Esther,

      Yes indeed. It was hard work, especially reading about what happened to Jewish people. It had to be done, but some of the stories I read were truly heartbreaking.

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    2. Yes that"s True . They did awful things to the Jewish people.

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  29. Thank you for this wonderful chance <3

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  30. Do you plan your story completely or partly?

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    1. Hi Tanya,

      I plan as much as I can. It's really helpful to straighten your story, and to avoid 'blank page syndrome'.

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  31. Do you plan your story completely or partly?

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  32. who is your favorite author?

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  33. I'm so excited to read this series.

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  34. What book is your favorite that your wrote?

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      Book 4 "Blind Chess". It's the one I'd been dying to write since I started the series, but it needed building up...

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  35. How long did you took to write this book ?

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  36. How do you celebrate a book release?

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  37. What was the reason you took this title of your book ?

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  38. Do you base some characteristics on people you know?

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  39. Would you like this book to become a movie ?

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  40. Thanks for the giveaway awesome books!

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  41. Thank you for the chance to win your books.

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  42. Thank you again for the opportunity .

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