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Diamonds and Cole: Cole Sage Mystery #1 (A Cole Sage Mystery)

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In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Now, he’s returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big stories, he’s doing the work of a rookie reporter. His “big story of the day” is a cat caught in a tree. During its rescue, the cat’s owner takes her Good Samaritan neighbor hostage. Cole witnesses something so disturbing it reawakens the journalist’s desire to write again.

Returning to the paper, Cole finds a desperate message asking for help from Ellie, one that got away. The one that has continually haunted his life. Cole drops everything and flies to California. He must find what would make her so desperate, she would call him after so many years. Cole finds her terminally ill, and abandoned by her husband. He discovers while Ellie was heavily medicated, she mistakenly signed a Power of Attorney. Now her estranged daughter Erin’s inheritance, won’t go to her, but her abusive step-father. Cole vows to find the girl and right the situation.

The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of twenty years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist.

Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love, and a will as hard as diamond, can achieve.

The Cole Sage Series has captured the imagination of readers worldwide. All six books in the series consistently get top ratings from reviewers.

Micheal Maxwell has found a niche in the mystery, suspense, genre that gives readers an everyman hero, short on vices, long on compassion, and a sense of fair play, and the willingness to risk everything to right wrongs.

The Cole Sage Series departs from the usual, heavily sexual, profanity laced norm, and gives readers a character driven stories, with twists, turns, and page turning plot lines, but most of all a hero they can relate to and root for with each new case he finds himself involved in.

Cole Sage Mystery Series eBook Categories
– Private investigator
– Mystery thrillers suspense
– Romantic detective fiction
– Mystery Romance
– Christian Fiction

Product Details

  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1502943859
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1I0C40
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

First in a series, love it

5 people found this helpful.
 on November 7, 2016
By Book Lover
I really like the character Cole Sage. Cole is a reporter for the Chicago paper the Sentinel and has lost his “edge”. He has received many awards for his writing, but he is at a loss as to what happened to him. Elie the one that got away sends him an urgent message and he drops everything to go to her in Los Angeles. I like the way Michael Maxwell takes the time to introduce us to Cole with flashes back to his past and scene with Elie in his life. We learn a lot about the man and what makes him tick. Elie is dying and wants Cole to find her estranged daughter, Erin. She also wants him to get the power of attorney that she was forced to sign by her no good husband. In doing this, Cole unravels a web of mob characters and criminal activity. I love the way Cole can “cozy” up to a prospect and win them over with his charm and truthfulness. It is an awesome book and the first in a series.

Interesting Beginning to a Mystery Series

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 30, 2017
By Julie
Summary: Cole Sage gets a call from an old flame and goes flying to her side. There, he finds her languishing in a nursing home with a couple of huge favors to ask of him.

Surprisingly Wonderful

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2017
By J.C. Prins
I took a chance on this book after reading a blurb and checking out the reviews on Amazon. Plus, I got it cheap. Great investment! It is as advertised with no sex or swearing, but it sure delivered in story. Ten pages in, I was a little worried, since the protagonist, Cole, was so full of self-pity and moroseness, but just a little further in, things got moving. The story progressed nicely from there. Is the lack of swearing believable from some characters? Probably not, but I sure didn’t notice it while I was reading, since I was so caught up in the story. It is a decent mystery, but more fun is what Coke does with the answer to that mystery once he has the facts. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this.

A different kind of mystery.

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2017
By G. Towry
I really cannot add to what others have said. A well written book that flows (did not get my chores done, couldn’t put it down). I was pleased that someone found a way of writing a really good book without a million f bombs. Getting tired of the gratuitous use of foul language and sex. This was a beautiful love story, no, a mystery, no, an indepth character study.. suffice to say it.covered a lot of bases. I rarely cry when reading a book and yes…I did. Will definitely try book #2.

more than a mystery

80 people found this helpful.
 on July 10, 2014
By M. Simpson
This was a very well written story. I bought it because it was a mystery but it was so much more. It was a story of love and family with a little violence and greed thrown in for spice. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Good clean adventure.

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2017
By Sam
I found myself wanting to keep reading until I was done. It was really hard to put it down. I like that it could have romance without being filled with sex. It was a deeper sense of romance than the physical part; the part that really matters. The author was able to stir some pretty strong emotions in me. The only thing that distracted from it was the grammatical errors but the story was great.

Love Never Dies

One person found this helpful.
 on July 1, 2017
By Sandy Penny
Better written with more depth than most of the books I read these days. Cole Sage is on a downhill slide with nothing to live for except his regrets. Once a hotshot journalist, he’s lost his passion for life and writing. One phone call changes that, when his past grabs him and forces him to look it directly in the face. Everything he has ever wanted seems once again within his reach, but he has to run a gauntlet to prove his worth, and it can never be enough. His love, dedication, courage, and sense of right and wrong are renewed in this race with death. I look forward to seeing where this series goes.

A Gem- absolute top of form for this genre.

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 28, 2014
By DaveM
I was impressed with the qulaity of the writing. The story itself took second stage. A variation of the ‘Damsel in Distrss’ plotline.

An amazing book!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2017
By Mary Soelberg
After a briefly slow start, the plot developed in all it’s intricacies as did the personality of the main protagonist, completely involving the reader. What a treat to be allowed to enjoy a fascinating story full of pathos and humour, tenderness and brutality, without being bombarded by blatant sex and foul language. Thank you, Michael Maxwell, for proving that it could be done, and done superbly. Looking forward to more first class prose from you and more adventures in the company of Cole Sage.

Cole Sage, my new hero

One person found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2017
By Kindle Customer
I don’t really worship heroes at my age, but Cole Sage is a genuine, adimirable character despite his flaws. Perhaps this is something most of us aspire to. The story is fast paced and the dialog is believable. Parts are fun, parts are sad and parts are actually uplifting, something not common in mystery novels. Now that I’m a fan, I will devour the series. The only down side is that this Cole novel is the only one done in audio book format. I truly like listening as I work.

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