Book Review: Ruby Heart by: Cristelle Comby

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Origins:  From Tribute Books Blog Tours for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: When elderly client Doris Hargrave informs private investigator Alexandra Neve that her beloved antique ruby heart necklace has gone missing for the second time in a period of over sixty years, Alexandra knows this is no ordinary jewellery theft. The ruby heart is a family heirloom and the only thing that connects an ailing Mrs Hargrave to her parents, who were murdered during the Holocaust. 

To solve the case, Alexandra and her business partner, blind history professor Ashford Egan, must sift through obscure Holocaust documents to find out the truth. It’s that way that they learn of a secret World War II-era love affair which could hold the key to all the answers they are looking for. Meanwhile, Egan is under immense pressure from the university to quit his private investigating business, and Alexandra is afraid that a man she trusts will leave her. Again. 

When Alexandra begins to receive anonymous threats and her flat is vandalised, this all becomes personal. Knowing that there is someone out there to hurt her, Alexandra vows to find that elusive ruby heart if it’s the last thing she ever does.

Neve & Egan series: Russian Dolls (1), Ruby Heart (2)

Author Bio: Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

Ruby Heart is her second new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the Neve & Egan series.

Review: Alexandra Neve and Ashford Egan are private detectives who have been hired by Doris Hargrave to find her family’s antique ruby heart necklace. Mrs. Hargrave’s family lost the necklace during WWII the first time and it was recovered by the Italian police years later, only to be stolen again recently. Mrs. Hargrave wanted the necklace back for her granddaughter’s wedding and as she is so sick, she wants to see it once more before she passes on. When they start digging into the past, Lexa gets threatening notes, her flat broken into, and it doesn’t help anything that Egan is getting pressure from the university to choose between his teaching job and the private investigation business. The heat is on, but Lexa and Egan have no intention of giving up so easily. ‘Ruby Heart’ is the second of The Neve & Egan Cases series, but I didn’t feel lost at all for not having read the first book. ‘Ruby Heart’ stands very well on its own, with an interesting cast of characters and a very intriguing mystery. The investigation took readers back to a horrific period of time, World War II, because in order to find the current thief Lexa and Egan had to uncover the past thief. The past and current mysteries blended seamlessly and there wasn’t a dull moment. I definitely recommend ‘Ruby Heart’ and I’m going to be picking up the first book, ‘Russian Dolls’.


  1. Star, I'm glad you enjoyed the blending of the two mysteries. Thanks for wanting to read more from Cristelle and of course for the great review :)

    Happy Holidays!

    1. Thanks! I'm definitely going to go back and read the first book :-)

  2. Hi Star,

    Thanks a lot for the kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    All my best,



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