Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book review: Karen Rose - No one left to tell

 Karen Rose in “No one left to tell” was able to perfectly mix suspense with romance and come up with a story that is as complex as an old-fashioned whodunit mystery. Mixing murder, innocently convicted people and a serial killer of young girls in with the slowly growing romance between a P.I. and state attorney makes for a book that lovers of romantic suspense will delight in. 

The PI Paige Holden is drawn into a story of a man sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. Being sentenced to 20 years for murdering his wife, Ramon Munoz had steadfastly professed his innocence. Paige agrees to research the case if new evidence in support of his innocence is found. When Paige is on her way to meet Elena, Ramon’s wife, to discuss the potential new evidence, she is witnessing the murder of Elena, who manages to whisper some last words to Paige. 

Paige is determine to get to the bottom of this killing and soon finds out that the story of Ramon’s innocence is evolving into an intricate web of murder, child abuse and political intrigue. Involving players at the highest level of politics, this is a must read for anyone that enjoys a good story about evil politicians that abuse power beyond their status. 

Paige realizing that this case is too big for her to handle alone soon manages to team up with Grayson Smith, the state attorney that was responsible for putting Ramon behind bars. This team of P.I. and state attorney soon uncover a series of crimes that reach back years and could only be kept secret because there was no one left to tell.

This is an intriguing mystery story that is written intelligently and mixes the developing romance between Paige and Grayson in with a background of some very sordid crimes. Because of the complexity of the mystery with many, many parties involved in a multitude of crimes spanning many years, the romance angle may not be as strong as in other romance mysteries, but a talented writer such as Karen Rose manages to spice up the book with just enough romance to not make it appear kitschy, but believable and part of the natural flow of the story.

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