THE NOVELS in The Diamond & Stone Series




        17 year old Alison Adams zipped herself into her prom dress and finished the final touch up on her salon-coiffed French wave when she heard her date’s knock. As her mother had long promised, she would remember this night, her Prom Night… forever.

Checking herself in the floor length mirror, she took a deep breath, practice smiled and opened the door.

Alison Adams never saw the person who threw the acid.


          A scarred and disfigured Alison Adams begs Private Investigators Mallory Dimante and Jake Steiner to solve the seemingly unsolvable cold case. Claiming her life has been ‘gratefully reborn’, and that she only wants to find and forgive the person responsible.

Sympathetic but wary, Dimante and Steiner reluctantly agree.

However, as their investigation propels them back to that very prom night and the backstabbing turmoil of high school, they find their hot looking senior from Wayland High, had been a wickedly ‘busy’ girl.

In fact, Dimante and Steiner’s investigation stirs the pot of high school jealousy once again, exposing all who hated her and all who had an illicit relationship with her. Until it finally puts Alison Adams face to face with the original perpetrator.

The only certainty when the two meet is that there will be one more brimming vial, in the hand of one not quite sane.

Either someone is intent on finishing what they started ten years ago…or someone is determined to exact revenge for a life ruined.

Award-winning author C.J. Booth’s mystery thriller sizzles with skin-searing tension and explodes in a harrowing and unforgettable ending.

The leading candidate for the Presidency of the United States is being blackmailed for a sexual scandal involving a minor.


But the blackmailer is way out their league and is running for their life and has now hired Private Investigators Mallory Dimante and Jake Steiner for protection.

It comes to an explosive end when Mallory Dimante has a one on one showdown with the most powerful person in the world.

And history will forever be changed.


  Two days before their wedding Private Investigator Mallory Dimante kissed her investigative partner and fiancée, Jake Steiner goodbye.  Not forever.

That was the plan.

  The instructions for the job were simple. And for Mallory, they were ideal. Attend a will-reading. Observe the heirs. Report back their reactions. It had to be a female investigator, to blend in, the letter had said. And the expenses were all prepaid.

  She had longed to prove herself as more than a competent investigator. And, if truth be told, notch up, also, in the eyes of Jake, ten years her senior and former Sacramento Police detective.

  Now, along comes the perfect job.

  It would only take… a few hours.  Expenses… prepaid.  A few hours.  Simple.

Until… Mallory Dimante went missing.


  Her car, abandoned, half-on, half-off the road. Skid marks. Driver door open. Wallet, cash, credit cards all there.

  She and Jake had been warned about the vindictive fervor and irrational devotion of the followers of Honorable Honey Stern, the former Presidential candidate, whom Mallory had months ago exposed to the world as a serial pedophile. But time had passed. Nothing had occurred. Jake and Mallory’s security precautions against vengeance had waned.

  Yet hate didn’t die in those scorned. It simmered with an acid-like hatred.

  Until revenge could be exacted.

  Until consequences could be addressed.

  And the Widow Black has guaranteed Mallory Dimante’s wedding day is one she will live or die to regret.

  Wickedly menacing and mercilessly relentless, C.J. Booth’s 3rd book in the Diamond & Stone Mystery Series rips along - a race against the certain end for Mallory, an unsolvable mystery for Jake to locate the woman he loves, but most of all… pitting Mallory Dimante against the most horrifying, evil woman she’s ever met.