.Is the Diamond reign over?
Head of the Diamond family, Patsy is determined to make a success of husband Nick’s gangland empire – whatever the cost. Nick was ruthless and cold-blooded, but he built a legacy that Patsy wants to protect.
So when a mysterious woman from Nick’s past turns up claiming to be Patsy’s new business partner, she senses trouble. Karen Duret demands Patsy’s help, but it comes with a catch. If Patsy refuses, Karen threatens to expose the Diamond family’s darkest secrets…
Patsy needs the help of her trusted allies more than ever, but when a rival gang start a turf war, the stakes suddenly become deadly.
Torn between loyalties, Patsy knows that blood will be spilled. And as battle commences, the question on everyone’s lips is – who will be crowned the queen of diamonds?
I already said more than once that I love gangland crime. I was a very happy camper when I was allowed to read this one. It’s book 3, but I only picked in and got to know these recurrent characters in the previous book. As per usual there are some you love like a sister or a brother and others you cannot see them walking out the door fast enough.
And sometimes you are left with mixed emotions. You like someone one minute and the next you wish you could get rid of them in the blink of an eye.
Patsy Diamond is more determined than ever to take over and become the boss lady or the queen of diamonds. I can see her point. I would not mind being the boss lady either, but in my opinion you don’t get to be the leading lady in a flash. You have to prove yourself and show you have earned the spot and you can look out for your ‘family’. I don’t feel like Patsy is strong enough for that. She is sometimes scared (when is the boss ever scared?). She does not have a faithful army of loyal people she surrounds herself with and she often enters the lion’s den too unprepared.
The boss in my head is the one giving the orders. Not the one leaving everything to someone else without even knowing what they have planned.
This being said does not mean I did not enjoy the story. There were a few shocking revelations and if you ask me to pick a favorite character, it would be Freddie without any doubt. I loved his attitude and he was the one person Patsy could always count on. He kept his promises even though he did not really respect her very much.
Maybe Patsy was a bit too trusting… When dealing with gangland you can only trust people as far as you can throw them… 4 stars
About the author
Gillian Godden is a brilliantly reviewed writer of gangland fiction as well as a full-time NHS Key Worker in Hull. She lived in London for over thirty years, where she sets her thrillers, and during this time worked in various stripper pubs and venues which have inspired her stories.
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