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The Ivanov Diamond (Malykant Mysteries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte E. English
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Konrad Savast is the Malykant: foremost and most secret servant of the God of Death. His job? To track down the foulest of murderers and bring them to The Malykt's Justice. No mercy. No quarter.

Konrad is called to the death scene of a simple baker, and he can’t understand why. According to appearances, Pietr Orlov’s death was a natural one. Except there’s one problem: there’s no sign of his ghost. When two more bodies turn up with missing souls, Konrad knows he’s got a strange case on his hands.

But what could possibly connect the deaths of a baker, a manservant and a rich merchant’s wife? With the city police busy with the theft of a great diamond, Konrad must rely on the help of his one true friend to solve the case.

But when he begins to see links between the three murders and the theft of the diamond, he realises this case is more serious than he thought. With time running out, he must find the perpetrator and exact his vengeance - before a still worse crime is committed.

This 27,000 word novella (approx. 100 print pages) is the second story in the Malykant Mysteries series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BHTZDW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlotte E. English was born in England in the 1980s and lived there for twenty-seven years. She now lives with her partner in the Netherlands, though she remains squarely British at heart. Charlotte writes fantasy mysteries with plenty of colour, romance and humour.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but good story line 8 Jun 2013
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Enjoyed all three shortish stories in this series and although unusual reading, there were good story lines in each book, including this one. Not a lot of slaughter, blood and gore as in some other books within the fantasy/magical topic range, which I find a little distasteful and rather unnecessary to be truthful.

Having read a number of stories/books by Charlotte E. English, which I have enjoyed very much, I would be happy to download more onto my Kindle.

Would definitely recommend this book to others who like this type of read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Malykant adventure 16 Jun 2012
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A worthy follow-up to The Rostikov Legacy, this second Malykant mystery sees Konrad trying to solve a series of deaths that appear linked only thanks to his supernatural insight. I enjoy Konrad as a character, and his internal struggles with his place in society, as well as the mystery and fantasy elements which typify these books.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment 23 Oct 2014
By L. K. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, this book took the slightest step back from the first one. If I would’ve started with this book, I wouldn’t have been so eager to pick up the second. Why? Well . . .

Unlike the first one, there was a bit of info dumping. Throughout. While I can swallow it in the beginning, when it crept up later on it bothered me. Now, this info dumping was simply a reminder of certain facts we learned in book one. Honestly, some of it was said a few times, so it was reiterated info dumping with no real reason. The facts weren’t that hard to remember. Shame. It weighed down the story quite a bit, for me.

Also lacking was a sense of Konrad’s mystery. We (Konrad and the reader) were the only ones who knew who he was, and in the second book it feels like his secret isn’t that big of a secret. It’s lost some of its power. In doing so, it’s taken away that darker side to Konrad that I so loved in the first book. He’s lightened up.

In the first book, we had a nice level of fear for Konrad’s safety. He was being followed, and it heaped on piles of investment for me. With this book, I never, ever, felt like Konrad was in trouble. Because of this lack of suspense, I wasn’t as invested in him.

Lastly, I felt the writing lost a bit of the edge I liked in the first book. This felt a bit more happy. I don’t mind happy. I guess I was drawn in so much with English’s melancholy notes in the first book that I expected it in this one. Book two just feels lighter.

Now, on to what I still enjoyed. I loved reading about the spirit world and Konrad’s role in it. It does a nice job of adding that fantasy element that can ensnare me pretty quickly into a story. I’m sad we didn’t see more of Konrad’s serpents in this book. I really did enjoy them in the last book.

New to this book was a bit more banter between Konrad and Nanda. While it did add to the lighter tone, I enjoyed reading it and watching their relationship grow a bit. It made the ending more impactful, though I would have liked to spend a bit more time with Konrad in the end, which, sadly, felt rushed.

Overall, the story was still a mystery at its core with spoonfuls of fantasy. Despite my complaints, I’ll continue on because I’m curious about Konrad and Nanda’s past, I love the spirits and Malykt, and I just enjoy the little escapes the series is providing me.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ivanov Diamond 3 Jun 2013
By AGR11 - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent story by Charlotte English. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a continuation of the Malykant mysteries. A very different concept of death & murder.
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Malykant adventure 16 Jun 2012
By R Cotterill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A worthy follow-up to The Rostikov Legacy, this second Malykant mystery sees Konrad trying to solve a series of deaths that appear linked only thanks to his supernatural insight. I enjoy Konrad as a character, and his internal struggles with his place in society, as well as the mystery and fantasy elements which typify these books.
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