Death by Romance

Death by Romance

by Anne Kennison


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Death by Romance by Anne Kennison


A dead businessman and philanthropist . . .

When Gordon Taylor is murdered, it falls in the lap of soon-to-retire Detective Ryan Hamlin to find the murderer. But he has no clues and no leads.

A "perfectly legal" scheme that goes terribly wrong . . .

In a chance conversation, Detective Hamlin uncovers a long list of suspects-all with something to hide-and all involved in a "perfectly legal" investment worth millions as long as no one in the company is convicted of Gordon's murder. That's when the finger-pointing and cover-ups begin.

A twist you won't see coming . . .

"[T]he final twist made perfect sense when it happened but at no point did I see it coming. I was as confused as the detective, wondering if he had the right guy or if it was this guy or maybe that was great!" -Geneva Handleman, Amazon Reviewer

"This is a well-written mystery novel that will stump even the most dedicated armchair sleuths. Death by Romance is expertly crafted with each chapter heightening the suspense and intrigue. As the suspect pool deepens, so does the entertainment factor. Some may be tempted to cheat and skip to the end. Don't. Enjoy the mysterious ride all the way. Maybe you'll solve the mystery before Detective Hamlin." -T. B. Markinson, SPR Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692417249
Publisher: Anne Kennison
Publication date: 03/28/2015
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

In her debut novel, Anne Kennison keeps readers guessing until the end. Her plot's unique twist comes from a fertile imagination honed by 20-plus years as a trusts and estates attorney. Now retired from the practice of law, Anne lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband Dale and two Ragdoll cats Grady and Elliott. When Anne's not writing, she loves to travel, dabble in photography, and play with her two adorable granddaughters.

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Death By Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
obiebookworm More than 1 year ago
Wealthy CEO, Gordon Taylor, is murdered a few months after his seventh wedding anniversary. While the nuptial year offers no immediate significance, his bereaved wife, Jessica, knows that her marriage to Gordon is designed to be short-lived—part of the arrangement in the ultra-guarded Romance, Ltd. partnership. Detective Ryan Patrick Hamlin, who handles the case, is at a complete loss with a growing list of possible suspects and no incriminating evidence. Five months later, Ryan receives his first tangible data. Although delighted with the find, Ryan’s sleuthing stirs up a flurry of convoluted events before he is able to pinpoint the real culprit. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun, fast read and left me guessing until "the reveal" who-done-it. The plot is such a clever concept which I assume is legal as the author's bio says she is an attorney. All I can say is if you're about to get married you should thoroughly vet the person you're about to walk down the aisle with.t
LibbyG823 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific read. Fun plot fueled by some intriguing legal twists by the attorney-author who has played on a little-known loophole in inheritance laws. Really liked her detective and hope to see him again in future books. Highly recommend this book for anyone who likes crime, detective, or legal fiction, or great storytelling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read! Looking forward to the next book by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! The plot twist in this book is unique and engaging. I couldn't put the book down and finished it - cover to cover - in one day. If you enjoy murder mysteries, but you're a bit tired of the same old plot lines, this book is for you. Enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so engaging with its unique plot. Would love to see this made into a movie. Diane Angeli