A Matter of Diamonds (Faith Abbey Mystery Series, Book 2)

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David Manuel's latest addition to the Faith Abbey mystery series, following his well-received debut title, A Matter of Roses (November 1999), will delight mystery fans who have been eagerly awaiting Brother Bartholomew's return. When Banastre Caulfield, an unassuming Cape Cod resident and a member of Faith Abbey, takes his two springer spaniels for their morning jaunt on the beach one overcast day, the last thing he expects to find in the dunes is a brutally murdered body.

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"...offers a wealth of background information about life at the Abbey...Manuel's characters are refreshingly complex for a mystery novel..." -- Publishers Weekly

"A many-faceted case of greed, treachery, and rivalries built around the famous Blue Angel...crisply written and tautly plotted." -- Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen

"Manuel uses his skill...to weave a collection of disparate threads into a rich and satisfying tapestry..." -- Over My Dead Body Online

"Manuel weaves a complex tale of intertwined relationships, morality and conflict." -- The Cape Cod Guide

Highly recommend this title for mystery buffs who also relish spiritually insightful characters. -- CBA Marketplace, January 2001

I found myself strangely drawn to the world of Brother Bartholomew and almost envious of it. -- Bookreporter.com

If you are interested in thinking about questions that are more involving than whodunit, I recommend this series to you. -- The Mystery Review, Winter 2001

Strongly recommended. -- Library Journal, November 1, 2000

This is a fascinating mystery, with well-developed characters and relationships and a very authentic feel for the Cape Cod ambience. -- I Love a Mystery, November 2000

This novel shows the maturation of Manuel as a mystery writer, offering readers memorable characters and perceptive theological insights. -- Beliefnet.com, November 9, 2000

From Publishers Weekly:

This exciting mystery, the second in the Faith Abbey series, revives the character of Brother Bartholomew and offers readers a wealth of background information about life at the Abbey (closely modeled after the Community of Jesus on Cape Cod, where Manuel lives). The plot centers on issues of spiritual warfare, as Brother Bartholomew seeks to understand the ways of the Adversary while solving a bizarre local murder. Manuel's characters are refreshingly complex for a mystery novel, making this not so much a whodunit as a "whydunit." The cliffhanger ending will pique readers' interest in the next installment of Bartholomew's adventures. (Nov.)
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