Find out more about the museum and book your guided tour here. It has also has two detachable pendants, and emerald and the Cullinan VII. When Ava’s best friend Mimi’s father commits suicide after losing all of the family’s money, Ava agrees to look into it. Little does she know that this agreement will lead her back into the debt collection activity she used to do with Uncle. Tracing the stolen funds from Toronto to Amsterdam to Chengdu, China, Ava puts the pieces together in her inimitable style with help from Mimi’s husband Derick, a lawyer named Todd Howell and people who owed Xu, a triad head, favors.
It goes over the top at times, for example when Ava receives visits from Uncle dispensing advice to her. On the other hand, the last several chapters could serve as a masterclass in negotiation.
The fact that an evangelical church is behind all of this, makes the theft that much worse. This is an excellent Ava Lee suspense thriller and a book that a reader can easily want to read in one sitting until the end is reached. It’s a swiftly paced story about Ava’s hunt for and recovery of money stolen from the parents of her best friend Mimi. That was something that she did with her former Uncle for many years up to when Uncle died. It was their “debt recovery” business, which she closed to become a business entrepreneur. Mimi’s situation brings her back to her former business. The story starts in Toronto and moves on to Singapore and China before returning to Toronto.
The book manages to touch all the bases of Ava Lee’s past with even Uncle making appearances in her dreams to give advice. Her Bak mai martial arts skills are brought back into play several times. The collection effort is personal as it is her childhood friend Mimi’s family who have been swindled. Ava’s international connections, including her Triad allies, are brought into play, with one very fearsome addition to the ranks.
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Ian Hamilton has become one of my go to authors for a good story and he doesn’t fail with this book. I want more relationship, for instance, it felt like the title wasn’t quite justified. The diamond queen of Singapore wasn’t the pivotal point and the church was. While the site is in maintenance mode some features won’t be available.