One Murder More
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Silver Falchion Awards 2016 Winner: Best First Novel, Best Political Thriller, Best Female Detective/Sleuth
In Kris Calvin's debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California's Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.
But when police arrest Maren's colleague for the crime, she's certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion—love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.
But will she be able to prove her theory—and free her friend—before she becomes the next victim?
One Murder More is a smart, riveting, and on point political mystery.
One Murder More is a smart, riveting, and on point political mystery that takes twists and turns you will not see coming.
There is something about a well crafted mystery that sends chills down my spine and puts a smile on my face. The elements all have to be there and if you are mystery lover, you will know what I mean. True mystery and suspense readers sit sit down with a book and have mental check lists of what they want. Even if you don’t think you do this…you do. We all want intrigue, the red herring, and the gasp moment with the reveal of the killer. After all, this is why you are reading this genre, right?
In Kris Calvin’s debut novel, the author exceeded my expectations and gave me a mystery that left me wanting more. Within the first few chapters, we meet Maren Kane, a lobbyist, whose world is shaken my two tragic events. Not only does she witness a car crash, but she is also the one to discover a murder victim in the California's Capitol building. When a murder suspect is put into custody, Maren is compelled to fight for his innocence. This is not only because she is friends with him, but also because things just don’t add up. As the mystery develops, we see Maren put herself and those she loves in danger. Is she getting closer to freeing her friend? Is everything as it seems? These are all questions that you will be asking yourself. All I will tell you is that you will be hit with some situations that you will expect and then a whole lot of “where the hell did that come from” moments.
What pulled me into agreeing to read this book is the fact that it is the first in a series. I love discovering new characters that I can embrace from the start. What kept my interest was the writing and level of intrigue that the author kept throughout. It is only natural that the first book in the Maren Kane Mystery series, there was a lot of introduction to the characters, the political landscape and, of course, to Maren. However, it was never boring. The author developed the characters right along with the mystery so seamlessly. In fact, at times, the author would jump perspectives to the other characters. Though this could have been very odd or confusing, it really helped the novel by creating a well rounded picture of the environment that our lead “sleuth” is in.
From the first page to the last sentence, I was enthralled with this book. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but it really delivered. One Murder More is truly a great start to what will no doubt be an amazing series by Kris Calvin.