Book Review: “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

This book is a collaboration between the two authors and was published in 2013.  It’s always hard to know how much each author contributed to one of these books, but the primary name on the cover is Catherine Coulter.  She’s written over twenty books, many of which are bestsellers.  J.T. Ellison has written nine novels of her own.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond was introduced in this novel.  He works for Scotland Yard and is drawn to New York to investigate the murder of another Inspector, Elaine York.  She was sent to accompany a display of some of the British Royal Jewels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Upon his arrival, he reunites with his Uncle Bo who is in charge of security and meets the curator of the exhibit, Dr. Victoria Browning.  His counterpart on the FBI is Michaela “Mike” Caine and together they investigate the murder and the subsequent theft of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond from the Crown.  The stone is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world, if not the largest at 105 carats.  The plot they untangle was several years in the making by the famous jewel thief known as the Fox.

Interesting tale.  It is doubtful the Crown Jewels will ever leave England for display purposes and this would further discourage the Brits from doing so.  There was plenty of action and intrigue throughout the story with a good twist at the end.

The only problem I had with this was the description of the antagonist, the Fox.  There wasn’t a really good description of her before she changed her appearance except for the fact her given name is Japanese and she had blue eyes, a rare situation.  For the purpose of her disguise, she has them surgically changed to brown.  I don’t know if that’s possible, but it seems that blue eyes would have fit more with her new identity than brown.  Details, details.

At any rate, I enjoyed reading this book and could barely put it down.  I wouldn’t mind meeting Chief Inspector Drummond again.


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