Out of options, and money, unemployed journalist Mimi Rosen goes to work for her father's gem company in New York City's Diamond District, though the two don't always get along. When Mimi's diamond-dealer cousin Yosef is murdered, seemingly over a $4 million pink diamond, Mimi discovers that the stone is key to a scandal involving bribery and murder, which may even implicate members of her own family.
Bates's sprightly debut and series launch introduces plucky 38-year-old New Yorker Mimi Rosen, who has been working for two months at her father's diamond business on 47th Street, "the world's sparkliest flea market." For onetime reporter Mimi, this new occupation is a major comedown, but being unemployed and broke after an expensive divorce, she had no choice. Then Mimi's cousin Yosef, a diamond trader, is murdered. The police quickly conclude it was a robbery, an occupational hazard for diamond dealers. But Yosef's fianc e isn't convinced, and she begs Mimi to use her experience as a reporter to investigate his death. Bates, who has more than 25 years as a journalist covering the diamond business, easily slips in loads of fascinating information on diamonds and Jewish culture without losing sight of the mystery plot. Readers will look forward to Mimi's further adventures.