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