Sunday, August 21, 2016

Staff Picks

The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter

I am always looking for new audiobooks to explore during my commute and this Catherine Coulter book was recommended by a patron. The audiobook has two readers and each does an admirable job of different voices for multiple characters.

Mixing historical facts about the Koh-i-Noor diamond with its fiction, the story begins with the murder of a Scotland Yard officer sent to the U.S. to insure the safety of the diamond.   The Crown Jewels are on loan to the Met in New York from the Tower of London and the centerpiece diamond is stolen on the officer’s watch. The officer’s otherwise spotless record is in doubt as evidence against her grows. The FBI as well as a chief inspector of the Scotland Yard are on the trail of the Koh-i-Noor diamond and the murderer. The stone has a long history with hints that it is cursed (bad luck to all men who hold the stone) and is said to have special powers. The method used to steal the stone suggests a professional thief at work and the officers tracking the diamond begin to suspect a never identified thief called The Fox. Did The Fox commit the murder too?  And what happened to the other parts of the diamond that went missing over the ages as the stone was cut and refined?  A hint of unexplained powers adds a bit of mystery to this tale and has us wondering if magic does indeed exist.

Lola Nichols
Information Specialist