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Curse of the Jade Lily

Curse of the Jade Lily, June 2012
A McKenzie Novel #9
by David Housewright

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Rushmore McKenzie
304 pages
ISBN: 0312642318
EAN: 9780312642310
Kindle: B006ZL1JGC
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"Rushmore McKenzie is pulled into the investigation of a stolen gem that's cursed."

Fresh Fiction Review

Curse of the Jade Lily
David Housewright

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted May 7, 2012

Mystery Private Eye | Mystery Hard Boiled

After becoming a millionaire following a large insurance company settlement several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie doesn't do any more investigating. Then the same company that made him rich shows up again asking for a favor. A very unique item has been stolen from a local museum just before it was to go on display. The item is a large piece of carved jade that dates back to the Qing Dynasty -- and is said to be cursed. It seems that anyone who has ever possessed it ends up either penniless or dead.

McKenzie reluctantly agrees to help when he learns that the thieves have specifically asked for him to be the go- between for exchange of the ransom money for the Jade Lily. But nothing is as simple as it first seems when more and more people become involved in wanting the money and/or the gem. And the curse seems to be true when dead bodies start showing up all over town. Will McKenzie be able to pull off another miraculous solution?

This action-packed thriller moves at a frenetic pace with a great cast of characters in a fascinating storyline. I was thoroughly entertained and am anxious to read more of the series.

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SUMMARY

A stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse and a million dollar ransom is McKenzie’s latest case.

Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem—it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated.

Suddenly other parties—including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly—start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of on of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow…


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