Cause of Death [NOOK Book]

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**Book 3, Southern Secrets, will be available April 2014** 
**Book 2, Damage Control, is available now**

A Serial Killer. Black widow spiders. A race to catch the perp before he strikes again.

Meet Robbery/Homicide Detective Annie Avants and her partner, Detective Tom Weston of the Kern County Sheriff's Office in Bakersfield, California.

In this dusty farm community, someone is abducting and killing young...

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Cause of Death

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Overview

**Book 3, Southern Secrets, will be available April 2014** 
**Book 2, Damage Control, is available now**

A Serial Killer. Black widow spiders. A race to catch the perp before he strikes again.

Meet Robbery/Homicide Detective Annie Avants and her partner, Detective Tom Weston of the Kern County Sheriff's Office in Bakersfield, California.

In this dusty farm community, someone is abducting and killing young Hispanic females. His weapon of choice - black widow spiders.

Can these two dedicated Detectives catch this serial killer with the help of their peers and friends, Deputy District Attorney Jesse Greyeyes and Technical Investigations Chief Laine DelMonte?

Cause of Death is a spine-chilling thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the last minute - and makes you wonder about the "normal" people in YOUR daily life. 

Damage Control (Det. Annie Avants Series #2) available now!

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044505469
  • Publisher: Renee Benzaim
  • Publication date: 4/29/2013
  • Series: Detective Annie Avants , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 6,399
  • File size: 469 KB

Meet the Author

I remember the first long story I ever wrote. I was in the third grade and my teacher, Miss Steere, asked us each to write a story about something in history.
I chose to write about the Donner party and the tragedies that befell them as they tried to make it to the Wild West.
I went on and on. I was having so much fun and making up stories about the people and conversations between them. It was like a game to me. It didn't occur to me that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I wasn't even old enough to understand what it meant to be grown up.
Throughout school, whenever I had to write something, I always had a lot of fun with assignments. I remember writing about the Salem Witches when I was in high school and how exciting it was to make up "real" people who lived then and, unfortunately, also died.
So what did I do when I was finally an adult? I worked as an accountant, secretary, draftsman of pre-fab metal buildings, I studied Criminal Justice and worked at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for a time. I ended up with a career as a paralegal.
Well, that wasn't too bad. It encompassed a lot of research and writing and, in the meantime, I had actually written short stories, poetry, and two unpublished novels. I did have one non-fiction piece published in a magazine in the 80s. Yippee!
When I lived in Hawaii, I even helped a famous Chef publish two cook books.
Finally, I said "enough", quit everything, took early retirement, and moved to Morocco.
Now, I am a writer. I love my life, and I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I have a lot of fun with my characters and stories. To me, they are real people and my joy is sharing them with you and the rest of the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Interesting plot, but the writing style interferes with pacing a

    Interesting plot, but the writing style interferes with pacing and makes it difficult to stay focused on the story. There are far too many details in the exposition and dialogs. The dialogs are often fully formed grammatically correct sentences that would make a teacher proud, but are unlike how people really talk to each other. Even as a free book, there are other free choices more relaxing, entertaining, and worthwhile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Fair

    A fair story. A little hard to get into at times, too many unimportant details detracts the story and leaves unanswered questions. No reason for all the recipes at the end either. Auther could have left them out and fleshed out the ending a little more. Ending was rushed and unsatisfacory.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Easy And Entertaining

    Good storyline. Black widows as the weapon of choice is a refreshing break from guns and knives.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Okay, the dialog is a bit clunky.  So much so in the beginning I

    Okay, the dialog is a bit clunky.  So much so in the beginning I stopped and looked up reviews.  Decided to keep going.  I thought it was very good.  Interesting MO on the killer and a surprise reveal of his identity.  There were A LOT of people groups represented - Hispanic, Muslim, Asian, Native American - many revealed through the use of their full name in the telling of the story.  I found the use of full names awkward in their over use.  Having said that, the book is very good.  I would recommend it and do as I did, skim over the parts that bug you.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Too many characters

    There were too many useless people introduced and the story jumps around making it a hard read. I couldnt get into the story because everything was so textbook like. It was also very formal in the way the characters spoke to each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Love the book

    It kept me interested until the end and surprised to find out who the murder was

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    I love

    I love the first chapter

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    I like

    Good reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Dragged on

    Same page after page

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    OK, but not great

    It was an OK read. I thought the ending was abrupt. There were many (too many) words detailing crime scenes, homes, etc. but not many at the end leading to the finale. It was like 1 paragraph was detail, and the next was the end of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Very Enjoyable Read

    Exciting,suspenseful,very entertaining read. Loved it and the recipes!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    2 1/2 stars

    2 1/2 stars - the premise of the story murder by black widow spiders caught my interest. Then the story became bogged down with to much side stories. As with DA Jesse at first i thought they were a regular item than find out they just started very confusing. Then sidetrack Jesse had to see his sister to get back to his Native America roots, that had nothing to do with the story.
    This story needs a good editor to tighten up the story keep it on track and help with character development.
    Great concept poorly delievered
    Cannot recommend

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    I think that this book was imaginative in its storyline. It is

    I think that this book was imaginative in its storyline. It is a great first choice if you want to read about characters from the beginning. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    300 pages

    The premise of this 300 page book was good. The editing was better than most free books. The writting style was odd. It was as if the author was trying to write a documentary. Lots of facts, yet lacking in entertainment value. Conversation on the police investigation, often repeated, was the main content of this book. Because of this, the characters were flat and uninteresting. I enjoyed reading a book which was devoid of cursing and sex. The only violence was the murder(s) and due to the method of death, there was no blood or gore what so ever. There is no sex, not even a chaste kiss, besides the unromantic ones between siblings. In my opinion the author dropped the ball, or should I say ink pen, the entire last chapter of this book. Talk about an abrupt finale. I was very, very disappointed. There was an ending, which is more than some books have, it just was not a very satisfing one and did not seem to give closure, the way it should have. This is a police, murder mystery whiich can be enjoyed by both men and women, ages 15 and up. If you have archnophobia, then you shoul not read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Good story

    A lot of detail, but a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Very good reading and I enjoyed every page of it.

    Good reading and I could not put it down,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    In Cause of Death, Detectives Avant and Weston are out to find a

    In Cause of Death, Detectives Avant and Weston are out to find a serial killer who tortures victims with black widow spiders prior to their deaths. There are also a few side stories which add to character and plot development as well as hinting at potential upcoming romances in future volumes.

    Aside from a few typos and spacing issues, which could be due to the fact I was reading an ARC, the text and story line flows very well with exhilarating action.

    There were a couple of details that seemed to switch or get confused at one point, but as they were minor details they weren't distracting to the story line.

    The characters were very authentic and true to life. The villain was not one dimensional which I greatly appreciated. The details for the investigations, scenery, and story in general were vivid and imaginable.

    Overall, an enjoyable read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were well

    "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were well described and realistic. The author Renee Benzaim has done her research
    and it shows. Her attention to detail allows the reader an opportunity to learn as well as to be entertained. 
     "The lead character, detective Annie Avant in Kern County, California is intellectual and thorough, yet her real to life qualities
    show through. This novel has twists and turns that keeps the reader surprised to the very end, making it difficult to put it down. 
     "I look forward to Renee Benzaim's next novel." 
     Review by Van Dyer,  California

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    Posted February 27, 2014

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    Posted November 7, 2013

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