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Rising mystery writer Anne Kennison spins a unique twist to the concept of romance in her debut novel. Kennison’s third person narrative centers principally on Detective Hamlin, Jessica, and—to a lesser, but equally important, degree, Mavis Strong, Jessica’s so-called “partner in crime.” Surrounding her main players with a colorful foiled cast, Kennison provides her audience with reader “windows” into the lives of three very different individuals—all who have personal struggles, yet have distinct viewpoints on romance—amid a heinous crime investigation.
Ryan, a hard-boiled detective, has his own behind-the-scene issues, when his life goes awry after the love of his life dies and conflict erupts after he is left to raise his only son. Entering into magnificent wealth, Jessica’s lifestyle drastically changes when she marries Gordon—the man she’s not expected to love, but does anyway. And then there is Mavis, who is the mastermind behind the covert partnership—her solution to getting out of her fraught middle-class environs.
Dividing her plot into three sections, Kennison sets the stage for the crime scene and the over-five-month investigation before delving into past events that lead up to Romance, Ltd. and then fast-forwarding to the present. Her writing style is a wonderful blend of storytelling and relational interactions between characters, which is set within tightly formed dialogue. Kennison keeps her readers engaged by alternating character scenes and slowly, but deftly, developing her characters, while throwing a plethora of red herrings into the narrative mix.
Kudos to Kennison for scripting a fascinating and well-written read that is guaranteed to become a best seller!
Originally posted on San Francisco Book Review. Anita Lock, Book Reviewer.
as the author's bio indicates she is an attorney). Had no idea who-did-it until the reveal. Kept me
guessing until that point.
As an independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock, I have to give this five fangs even though its not my normal genre. While I do read and enjoy mysteries, it's an occasional thing. This one kept me interested from the first chapter to the last. It's great for all ages, too. Any murder mystery lover on your friends list will enjoy this!