Diamonds for the Dead, by Alan Orloff, is a reasonably compelling mystery with an interesting cast of characters, many of whom are Russian immigrants in northern Virginia. The characters and the place make the book. It’s fun to read — nothing very deep but written well enough to keep the reader’s attention. I’ll happily read Orloff’s next novel, and then I can form a surer judgment about him as a writer. Read Diamonds for the Dead if you’re looking for an above-average but not-too-taxing mystery.