Monday, 4 February 2013

Review: Rough Diamond by Kathryn Ledson

I am ashamed to admit, I've had this one sitting on my iPad for almost a month now, begging to be read. Mindful that the book was released on January 30 and my review is now late (grr, grumble, stupid belated quarter life crisis getting in the way of my review writing,) I pick it up and ...

Well, there went the next few hours.

Rough Diamond is, to be polite about it, simply brilliant. Sure, it's a Stephanie Plum/Bubbles style crime novel with a female protagonist who becomes an unlikely fighter against crime, but don't let that mislead you into thinking that its all been done before. This one is a lot more intelligent than its American counterparts and it is set in Melbourne.

The novel itself tells the story of Erica, a divorcee in her early thirties who, though chance and circumstance, finds herself alined with a group who are bent on defeating a group of local terrorists who are planning some attacks. There are a few twists and turns and an unlikely love interest in the form of wealthy and handsome Jack Jones. (But, naturally, my favourite character was Axle the kitten.) Seriously though, I really did enjoy this one and loved the many Australian references--such as a thwarted terrorist attack on Melbourne Cup Day and Jack being persuaded to host an Australia Day barbecue. (Though I did notice the Prime Minister was referred to as a he, but hey, no one said the novel was set in 2013.) Anyway, this one definitely comes highly recommended by me.

Review Copy; Publisher via Netgalley.

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