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A fun, sexy, fast-paced romantic romp in the style of Janet Evanovich from exciting new Australian talent Kathryn Ledson. Bridget Jones meets Stephanie Plum – that's Rough Diamond.

Funny, romantic, and action-packed, Rough Diamond introduces Australia's own Stephanie Plum – the unforgettable Erica Jewell.

'ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. Total hoot to read. Can't wait for the next one.' Rachael Johns, author of Jilted and Man Drought

The shock ending to Erica Jewell's marriage left a huge hole in her bank balance and a bigger one in her heart. And now her life goals make a very short list: no surprises, no debt and, definitely, no men. That is, until she finds one bleeding to death in her Melbourne garden one stormy Friday night.

Jack Jones is a man whose emotional wounds are more life-threatening than the bullet in his shoulder. Under orders, he recruits Erica to his secret team of vigilantes, and Erica suspects her safe, predictable world is about to be turned upside down.

And she's absolutely right.

'Fans of Stephanie Plum rejoice. There's a new undercover angel in town.' Marie Claire

'A fabulously entertaining debut novel ... With appealing characters, good natured humour and an exciting plot, I loved Rough Diamond and I know fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Marianne Delacourt's Tara Sharp and Lisa Lutz's Izzy Spellman will too.' Book'd Out


A rollicking tale of adventure ... fun, fast-paced, and has all the elements I look for in mass-market romantic fiction.


If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, you'll love this new heroine Erica Jewell from Melbourne author Ledson. In this debut ... the heroine becomes involved with a team of vigilantes, with hilarious results.

Sunday Telegraph

Fans of Stephanie Plum rejoice. There's a new undercover angel in town.

Marie Claire

Blends romantic escapism and adventure. Ledson captivates her readers with characters that are memorable and real and refreshingly Australian. Reading her novel is akin to chatting to a very likeable friend.

West Australian

Funny and thrilling.


A witty, action-packed debut novel ... a really fun Australian mystery with a loveable heroine and a mysterious hero.

Australian Bookshelf

Delightfully funny, light-hearted and fast-paced ... Move over Stephanie Plum – Erica Jewell is in the house!

Book Muster Down Under

Full of fun, romance, danger and action. An exciting read, full of twists and turns and the type of ending that makes you want a little more.

The Book Light

A terrific first novel that women everywhere are going to find hard not to love ... an irresistibly entertaining read. Kathryn Ledson is indeed a real, rare and rather polished diamond.

Australian Women Online

ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. Total hoot to read. Can't wait for the next one.

Rachael Johns, author of Jilted and Man Drought

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    December 20, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    304 pages

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Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Tiger Men
Ready Player One
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
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