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Renee Benzaim was born in Wenatchee, Washington, but grew up in Northern California. She wrote her first short story when she was in the third grade and discovered her love of putting words on paper.
Her novels include the popular Detective Annie Avants crime fiction series, which is set in Kern County, California. Annie has become very popular with readers and some call her the next "Nancy Drew". She will publish the fifth novel in this series in the Summer of 2016.
Her other books include Coyote's Song, the story of a five-year-old Miwok Indian girl who disappears. Ten years later, a reknowned writer sets out to solve the mystery of Evangeline's disappearance.
In addition, Renee has written three non-fiction books: How to Make Compost; Salsa!; and Can Men Get Yeast Infections?
She lives with her husband in a home and gardens surrounded by a stone wall. This small piece of paradise is the home of an ever=growing number of cats and one shaggy dog.
on Dec. 05, 2014 :
There's a decent story buried here but it's overshadowed by poor writing techniques. The dialog is stiff and unnatural and the entire text needs the critical eye of a good editor.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 31, 2014 :
loved n enjoyed the book thoroughly!
(review of free book)
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 8 days after purchase)