An elected official turned author, Kris Calvin knows exactly the world she brings to life in her debut novel, One Murder More (June 2015). Using her political knowledge and experiences, Calvin has written a realistic, page-turning suspense drama.
The novel opens with a horrific automobile crash, sending a grandmother and her two grandkids into a drainage ditch full of water. Two witnesses step forward as heroes, in time to rescue the children but too late to save their grandma.
One of the good Samaritans is a newly appointed state senator by the name of Alec Joben and the other a lobbyist for a toy company named Maren Kane. The notability of Mr. Joben quickly puts their heroic story in the news. But, sadly, it isn’t long before their news is replaced by that of a murder of the governor’s aide. Maren, an acquaintance of the victim, gets swept up in this young woman’s murder case and soon becomes entangled in a deep scandal.
The energy and rhythm of this novel reminds me of the frenetic bustle of ABC’s hit drama, Scandal. Like the show, the numerous political movers and shakers in One Murder More are somehow involved in one scandalous affair or another. Maren, the novel’s heroine, is on the good side of things. She and her brother, Noel, were two of my favorite characters.
The author’s love for her state shines through her words. Calvin brings the sights and sounds of present and past Sacramento to life. Her descriptions were just enough to bring the capital city into focus in my mind’s eye.
I truly enjoyed this debut and recommend it to those who enjoy stories with political intrigue and dramatic suspense. The first in a new series, I look forward to seeing Maren Kane again in the next book slated for release next summer.
Reviewed by Libby Bridges
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