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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Death and White Diamonds is a mystery by Jeff Markowitz. Richie Cunningham spends a romantic weekend in Port Salmon with his co-worker, Lorraine Van Nesson. His happiness is short lived when he finds Lorraine lying dead on the beach, and is stunned that there is a bloody knife in his hand. Richie cannot remember killing Lorraine. Why would he? He knows he will be the main suspect and sets out to get rid of the body using a meat grinder. When the fishing boat captain becomes suspicious of the bait Richie uses in the chum cannon, Richie kills him. His problems escalate when his car, containing more of Lorraine’s remains, is stolen and he is accused of embezzling money from his office. Richie soon learns how time consuming and expensive the disposal of bodies can be.
Jeff Markowitz reeled me in with his terrific mystery, Death and White Diamonds. This was not one of the typical murder-suspense stories I am accustomed to reading. The author took a bold, out of the box approach with his writing, which was very successful and refreshing. He neatly combined humour and murder in a most clever and imaginative way. Richie, whose wry humour, questionable decisions and actions kept me entertained, mainly narrates the story. I even learned how former seafarers preserved bodies at sea. Jeff Markowitz’s well-structured, fluid writing gave me good visuals, and most of his characters had dubious facades that made reading Death and White Diamonds such a delight.