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Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Tour: Ruby Heart

Readers, please help me welcome Cristelle Comby to the blog. Cristelle, just for fun...

1.Can you tell us five things about you that nobody would ever guess?

Very good cook. Terrible gardener. Watch way too much TV. Speak three different languages. Bad at Maths.


2.What do you think makes a book a page turner?

Characters. It’s all about them, and getting people to care about them.


3.Which genre of books appeals least to you?  Why?

Educational books; it reminds me too much of school. I like to read for the fun of it, to get away from my life, discover new worlds…


5.On the average, how long does it take you to write a book.

I depends a lot on the free-time I have on my hands. Lately I haven’t been writing much because of my day-job getting in the way. I’d say anything between three to six months. And then twice as much for editing.

Super!  Now let's have a blurb and excerpt.

Ruby Heart

by Cristelle Comby






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.



Being a private investigator is nothing like as glamorous or exciting as books and films make it look. Some warning of those harsh facts before I opened my own Private Investigation agency is unlikely to have deterred me, but I wish we’d been a bit more perceptive about it all beforehand. “We” is myself and my former university lecturer, Professor Ashford Egan, now a good friend and colleague.


Although you could say I stumbled into the sleuthing world quite by accident, that accident was shocking and dramatic. I’d always led a very quiet, ordinary life, until the day my best friend was murdered.


That horror stopped short my meandering, easy life and so much changed. I had no idea this would result in my very first investigation, but it did. Egan and I put a stop to a Russian criminal syndicate — with its complicit upstanding British citizens — by delving into the murky worlds of human trafficking, arms dealing, murder and arson. Sounds horribly exciting and dangerous, doesn’t it? It was… to the point where I was nearly killed, not just once but twice, and Egan was kidnapped.


However, I have since discovered that the everyday life of a PI isn’t always so intense. Most of our cases involve suspicious spouses and lost items, or even worse… lost dogs. Life isn’t always like it is in books and films, so why should the job of PI be so? We can’t afford to refuse a client, even when the case is not as appealing as a mysterious unsolved murder or a missing painting on some tropical island. Our advert in the Yellow Pages claims, completely truthfully, that we provide “Comprehensive, all-round services. We diligently seek out the truth for our clients. Discretion assured.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:



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.















Readers, Cristelle is giving away a printed, signed copy of Ruby Heart and her first book in the series Russian Dolls to a random commenter.  US only, please. You can find her schedule at
Good luck with your book, Cristelle! 


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