Diamonds and Lies

Romance - Suspense
196 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Diamonds and Lies is a romantic suspense novella written by Inge-Lise Goss. Mia had thought that her other life, that shadow existence she had led with her brother, Andy, as the apprentices of their burglar father, was tucked away in the past, but that morning’s call from Andy had her worried once again. It had been three years since their dad had been apprehended with a bag filled with rare coins sitting in plain sight in his home.

Mia’s father had died in prison, and for a few years Andy had continued setting up the heists while Mia provided the distractions and set up their targets. Andy thereafter purchased an auto shop, and Mia got involved in the advertising world. Her mind had been focused, in fact, on her work as an account executive, when Andy called and asked her out for an early breakfast. Andy was in trouble. He had shorted their last client, who was asking for what he was owed plus a penalty. It bothered Mia that Andy had let his addiction to gambling put their lives in jeopardy again, but she would do whatever she could to fix the situation. He was, after all, her brother.

Inge-Lise Goss’s romantic suspense novella, Diamonds and Lies, is a taut and thrilling look at high stakes burglary and a family secret with deadly repercussions. Goss’s plot is intricate and ingenious, and her characters are well defined and credible, particularly Mia. Diamonds and Lies is action packed and fast paced, and Goss quickly gets her readers involved in the story of the brother and sister who have to do just one more heist. Diamonds and Lies is highly recommended.

Deborah Lloyd

Mia Carlyle is an account executive in a large advertising agency, Feinstein & Dawson. But, she has another occupation. She and her brother, Andy, an auto repair shop owner, are skilled thieves. Andy identifies wealthy men and beautiful Mia distracts them while Andy cracks safes and performs the heist. Now, Andy seems to be in some deep trouble. He informs Mia he had sold some stolen diamonds and has only a few days to pay back five million dollars, or he will be killed. In this romance suspense novella, Diamonds and Lies, written by Inge-Lisa Goss, the adventure begins and becomes more complicated with each passing day. Mia has to avoid being found by frightening thugs. She also develops a relationship with the jeweler, who is the mark for the missing diamonds, and finds herself strongly attracted to him. Soon, he is under suspicion; it is not clear if he is supportive of her or is setting her up.

This novella is written in an exciting, fast paced style. Just as each day flies by with new mysterious happenings, so does the actual reading. The character development is intriguing as the reader is soon cheering on the two burglars, hoping they will solve the mystery of who is on their trail. The history of Andy and Mia’s childhood and reappearance of their father in later years adds a depth of understanding to their questionable ventures. Author Inge-Lise Goss has developed an engaging and intriguing mystery in Diamonds and Lies. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a new romance suspense series.

Maria Beltran

Diamonds and Lies by Inge-Lise Goss is a story about a young woman who leads quite an unusual life. Mia works for the advertising agency Feinstein & Dawson, but that is not all. Since the death of their mother, Mia and her brother Andy are involved in their father's occupation, thievery, and the siblings are skilled burglars. After the arrest and subsequent death of their father in a prison cell three years ago, and after doing one last burglary, Mia believes she doesn't have to steal again. But a telephone call from Andy changes the situation and she finds herself planning a diamond heist once more. Andy has shortchanged someone in their last job and he has to produce the diamonds fast or else he will get into deeper trouble. Usually, Mia's role is to distract unsuspecting wealthy men and Andy, a talented safe-cracker, does the rest, but things do not happen as planned, and Mia becomes entangled with Vince Tolbert, the cousin of successful jeweler Oliver LeMonte.

Fast paced and entertaining, Inge-Lise Goss' Diamonds and Lies is a pleasant read. Living a double life, Mia is a likeable character, notwithstanding her criminal activities. Hers is certainly a life full of thrills and danger and this is perhaps the reason why a reader could become enamored with her. Inge-Lise Goss is masterful in weaving together a tale that is filled with unexpected twists and turns and yet manages to stay on course. Coherent and concise, Diamonds and Lies also tells the story of Mia Carlyle and Vince Tolbert as they gravitate towards each other's arms and it is a very interesting read.