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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Audio Book Review: Karma's Law by Kristi Lamb

This is an interesting mystery - definitely tangled.
Karma's Law
by Kristi Lamb
Narrated by Jim Meskimen
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Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 12 hours and 53 minutes
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Spoken Word Inc Release Date: May 16, 2012
Language: English
Genre: Mystery
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

A Tangled Tale of Murder, Malice, and Revenge
Charming Tate Sawyer, a serial Casanova, is found murdered off a popular hiking trail. As the investigation unfolds, Lieutenant Greg Kennedy and his team discover that Sawyer left behind an embittered string of wealthy women, each harboring her own motive for ending his life.
Family secrets and sibling rivalry further complicate this dark mystery.
Who was this man? Is he destined to a bitter, deceitful legacy, or is there more than meets the eye? Karma’s Law is a tale so tangled it resembles the twisted cypress of its Pacific Northwest and Alaskan setting.

The body of Tate Sawyer is found in the woods and a pick up truck is seen leaving the parking lot. Lieutenant Greg Kennedy and his team begin the investigation. They  methodically interview Tate’s family and a long string of ex-girlfriends who Tate used and went through. They learn that Tate had plenty of people who had reason to dislike him. Now the police have to determine who hated him enough to murder him and who had the opportunity.

Along the investigation, money is discovered in Sawyer’s storage shed and it is apparent that someone is trying to access the unit. The clues led the police to suspect one young person but it isn’t long before they realize it is someone else. Kennedy steadfastly follows the forensic evidence until it leads him to the murderer. The quick confession of the suspect doesn’t sit well with  Kennedy and his gut tells him something isn’t right.

The mystery is solid and has good twists. Even though I suspected the killer it was interesting getting there. This story is told in rather a documentary fashion (sort  of "just the facts" styling) yet Ms. Lamb gives a good portrayal of the characters.  I liked how the personality of Kennedy and his team are disclosed by their skills and actions as I also enjoyed the way the investigation reveals the not so likeable character of the murder victim.

AUDIO Notes: The narrator does a fine job keeping the pacing and momentum even with the methodical fashion of the story.  At first the book seems a bit slow and plodding but soon I was completely caught up in the story and the strong narration that enhanced the story.

If you enjoy mysteries I recommend this title. I think the Audio version might make it a bit more enjoyable - but then again, I love Audios. 

A phrase I noted that I really liked:
Sawyer was destined for an early grave.  His frenzied life and battered friendships were short-lived to be sure but Kennedy had a job to do. Thinking about the evidence they didn’t have and the information they’d learned so far they didn’t have to wonder who’d want to hurt Tate Sawyer. It was a question of who finally snapped.
I received this MP3 from Spoken Word, Inc. Audiobook through AudioBook Jukebox for an honest review.
This story is set in Seattle for Where Are You Reading Challenge. I will also add it to my New Author and Audio lists.

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