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Renee Benzaim was born in Wenatchee, Washington, but grew up in California. She attended college in Modesto and Turlock in California, and in Dover, Delaware.
When she lived in Hawaii, she took her Paralegal training for 18 months and then returned to California after a 10 year absence. She worked for many years as a Paralegal in California's Central Valley.
She lives with her husband, Aziz, and their ever-changing collection of cats and kittens and is now a full-time writer.
on Oct. 19, 2013 :
Just finished "Damage Control" by Renee Benzaim and enjoyed it as much, if not more than "Cause of Death", the first in her series about Det. Annie Avants and her very diverse colleagues who work in Kern County, California. Both books were equally exciting and held my interest to the end. I look forward to the third book in the series, "Southern Secrets". An interesting addition to the great stories are the favorite recipes of the various characters which are added at the end of each book. You will also want to check out Ms Benzaim's other books, a very interesting collection! I highly recommend any one or all of them. She is a very versatile writer. Isabelle Montero, San Francisco, CA
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 15, 2013 :
This is the second multiple murder investigation/mystery staring Detective Annie Avants and her partner Tom Weston. The legal profession, specifically at one firm, is under attack by a killer.
While this can be read as a stand alone novel, I would not recommend it. To get the full enjoyment, as well as understanding of the characters and references to previous events, reading the prior novel helps. It also shows a fuller development of the characters and the relationships with each other and their society/reality.
The narrative is heavily researched and detailed while not being obtuse, heavy, or boring. Even when told from multiple points of view, it flows seamlessly with the twists and turns the mystery demands. There was only one instance which caused me some pause.
Characters are more fully developed in this second installment than in the first, but perhaps that is because of my familiarity with them. New and interesting characters are also introduced.
Overall, an exciting read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)