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Buried diamonds
Henry, April.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
290 pages ; 22 cm.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Claire Montrose discovers an engagement ring that has gone missing for 50 years.  Did the young woman who owned it really commit suicide?  One of Claire's elderly neighbors harbors an old secret - and will kill to keep it hidden.  Past and present grow more entangled when neo-Nazis target Claire's Jewish roommate.  Henry's trademark mix of quirky characters, humor, and vanity license plates also explores the persistent shadows of the past. 

Author Notes

April Henry lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young daughter. She currently works in public relations for a national health care organization. Previous jobs include German translator, cook, housekeeper, hospital admitting clerk, life drawing model, and a brief stint as the girl who jumps out of a cake.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Holocaust comes to Portland, Oregon, in Henry's fourth Claire Montrose novel. Claire's elderly Jewish roommate, Charlotte Charlie Heidenbruch, is forced to relive the past when hate crimes occur in the neighborhood. Charlie's vivid and disturbing memories of life in a concentration camp are interspersed throughout the story, which also focuses on a more recent event in Charlie's life--the death of her friend Elizabeth's fiance in the 1950s. Back then, everyone assumed it was suicide, but Claire's discovery of Elizabeth's diamond ring hidden in a stone wall eventually leads Charlie to suspect murder. As Charlie looks up old friends and lovers to question them about Elizabeth, Claire waits impatiently to see if her New York-based boyfriend, Dante, will get a museum curatorship in Portland. A solid entry in a solid series, helped by the historical material, but none of the Montrose novels are in the same league with Henry's outstanding stand-alone mystery, Learning to Fly (2002). --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Claire Montrose, the Portland (Ore.) gal with a fondness for vanity license plates and a penchant for trouble, finds plenty of both in this fourth solidly entertaining mystery from Henry (Heart-Shaped Box, etc.). Claire's accidental discovery of an unusual diamond ring embedded in an old stone wall has a startling effect on her housemate, Charlotte "Charlie" Heidenbruch, an octogenarian concentration camp survivor. Charlie recognizes the ring as one that belonged to a beautiful young women she knew more than 50 years ago. The woman's tragic and inexplicable suicide still haunts the group of friends that dispersed after her death. As Claire and Charlie try to find the ring's rightful owner and learn how it came to be buried in the wall, the surviving members of the old group begin to reconnect with deadly results. Cozy trappings, from Claire's ditzy mother's antics to developing romantic relationships, effectively contrast with chilling glimpses of Charlie's concentration camp days and interludes of seemingly unrelated modern-day hate-crimes in Portland. A vivid cast of elderly characters, including Frank, whose newfound popularity can be traced to his ability to drive at night, and Nova, who continues to live as recklessly as ever, will especially please senior fans. Copyright, Reed Business Information 2003. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Claire (Heart-Shaped Box) finds a diamond engagement ring while jogging, shows it to her roommate, then discovers that its owner committed suicide some 50 years ago. Her sleuthing reveals old secrets-and murder. A warm prize for a chilly day. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.