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The Ruby Spy Ring



It is the winter of 1811.

With the excitement of her elder sisters wedding now behind her, a restless Rebecca Lyon is thrilled to visit her dear friend Harriet Franks. But distressing events are about to occur. At a fashionable picture gallery, Mrs. Franks faints while viewing a Rembrandt painting of a groom putting a ruby ring on his brides finger. Then a suspicious coded message is found in the Mayfair tailoring establishment of Harriets father, and Mr. Franks is accused of spying for Napoleon. <> As Mr. Franks languishes in prison, his distraught wife and daughter seek out Mr. Ezra Melamed, the wealthy widower-turned-sleuth. To his dismay, the one person who could shed light on the matter seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. With only a coded message, the mysterious ruby ring, and a cryptic clue from a Chassidic Rebbe, will Mr. Melamed be able to save Mr. Franks from the hangmans noose?

The Disappearing Dowry, the first book in the Ezra Melamed Mystery Series, won a 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award. In this second book, acclaimed author Libi Astaire has done it again, painting a vivid picture of Regency England that combines the charm of historical fiction with the intriguing twist of a Jewish mystery.

Softcover, 218 pp.

Additional Information

In Store Item # BTP24
MSRP $9.99
Author Libi Astaire
Language English
Format Soft Cover
Pages 218
ISBN-13 978-1-56871-551-3
Publisher Zahav Press
Product Dimensions 4.25"x6.5"

The Ruby Spy Ring