Cause of Death

Cause of Death

by Renee Benzaim

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**Book 3, Southern Secrets, will be available April 2014** 
**Book 2, Damage Control, is available now**

A Serial Killer. Black widow spiders. A race to catch the perp before he strikes again.

Meet Robbery/Homicide Detective Annie Avants and her partner, Detective Tom Weston of the Kern County Sheriff's Office in Bakersfield, California.

In this dusty farm community, someone is abducting and killing young Hispanic females. His weapon of choice - black widow spiders.

Can these two dedicated Detectives catch this serial killer with the help of their peers and friends, Deputy District Attorney Jesse Greyeyes and Technical Investigations Chief Laine DelMonte?

Cause of Death is a spine-chilling thriller that keeps you guessing right up to the last minute - and makes you wonder about the "normal" people in YOUR daily life. 

Damage Control (Det. Annie Avants Series #2) available now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044505469
Publisher: Renee Benzaim
Publication date: 04/29/2013
Series: Detective Annie Avants , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 882,583
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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.

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Cause of Death 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot, but the writing style interferes with pacing and makes it difficult to stay focused on the story. There are far too many details in the exposition and dialogs. The dialogs are often fully formed grammatically correct sentences that would make a teacher proud, but are unlike how people really talk to each other. Even as a free book, there are other free choices more relaxing, entertaining, and worthwhile.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Cause of Death is book 1 of the Detective Annie Avants Crime Thriller series by Renee Benzaim. Kern County has become a hotbed of kidnap and torture, with all the victims being young Hispanic females. The torture is the same – black widow spiders. Detective Annie Avants is on the case with partner Tom Weston, a man whose life came to a halt when he lost his pregnant wife and started again when he met Annie. Deputy District Attorney Jesse Grayes thinks that Annie and Tom should get together, but that is not in the pipeline for either of them. Can they track down the serial killer before more young women die, and will Jesse finally win and force Tom and Annie together? Cause of Death by Renee Benzaim is a pleasant read. The story itself was good, the plot was quite twisty and it does move at a reasonable pace. The characters are well developed and I did get to know who they were and what made them tick, a valuable insight given that this is the first book in a series. It does have an amount of suspense in it and the ending was good. It has all the markings of being a truly great story with a little bit of work and, dare I say it, a bit more colorful language – police conversations are never that clean! This is worth a read as the author does do a good job of developing the plot, allowing it to unfold naturally. Looking forward to reading the next one as I know from having read others that it will get better!
DeviNair More than 1 year ago
Cause of Death is the first in the series of Annie Avants Mysteries. A serial killler is on the loose who kills Hispanic women with black widow bites - a very painful way to die. Detective Annie Avants along with her partner Detective Tom Weston team up with Deputy District Attorney Jesse Greyeyes and Technical Investigations Chief Laine DelMonte to figure out who the killer is before another woman gets killed. The mystery is really interesting and almost fast paced. The psychological aspect of the serial killer is shown only at the end. Till then, the reader is left wondering who is the killer and what is his motivation. There are some dead ends on the way but the route diverts soon and the race goes on. Annie Avants is a nice female detective with the right elements of feminine traits with a nice strong blend of courage and bravery. Annie Avants is here to stay and so is Renee Benzaim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was interesting and unique, but having everything written in dialogue form was strange. For example, all the information about police procedures that the author wanted the reader to know was written into dialogue between co-workers who would already know it (like what a murder book is). There were lots of extraneous details that did not add to the story, like in-depth descriptions of food, yet the ending was very abrupt. Overall fair for a free book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sescort More than 1 year ago
Okay, the dialog is a bit clunky.  So much so in the beginning I stopped and looked up reviews.  Decided to keep going.  I thought it was very good.  Interesting MO on the killer and a surprise reveal of his identity.  There were A LOT of people groups represented - Hispanic, Muslim, Asian, Native American - many revealed through the use of their full name in the telling of the story.  I found the use of full names awkward in their over use.  Having said that, the book is very good.  I would recommend it and do as I did, skim over the parts that bug you.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were too many useless people introduced and the story jumps around making it a hard read. I couldnt get into the story because everything was so textbook like. It was also very formal in the way the characters spoke to each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me interested until the end and surprised to find out who the murder was
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the first chapter
lkbergener More than 1 year ago
Good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same page after page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an OK read. I thought the ending was abrupt. There were many (too many) words detailing crime scenes, homes, etc. but not many at the end leading to the finale. It was like 1 paragraph was detail, and the next was the end of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting,suspenseful,very entertaining read. Loved it and the recipes!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2 1/2 stars - the premise of the story murder by black widow spiders caught my interest. Then the story became bogged down with to much side stories. As with DA Jesse at first i thought they were a regular item than find out they just started very confusing. Then sidetrack Jesse had to see his sister to get back to his Native America roots, that had nothing to do with the story. This story needs a good editor to tighten up the story keep it on track and help with character development. Great concept poorly delievered Cannot recommend
Divia1 More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was imaginative in its storyline. It is a great first choice if you want to read about characters from the beginning. I recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of this 300 page book was good. The editing was better than most free books. The writting style was odd. It was as if the author was trying to write a documentary. Lots of facts, yet lacking in entertainment value. Conversation on the police investigation, often repeated, was the main content of this book. Because of this, the characters were flat and uninteresting. I enjoyed reading a book which was devoid of cursing and sex. The only violence was the murder(s) and due to the method of death, there was no blood or gore what so ever. There is no sex, not even a chaste kiss, besides the unromantic ones between siblings. In my opinion the author dropped the ball, or should I say ink pen, the entire last chapter of this book. Talk about an abrupt finale. I was very, very disappointed. There was an ending, which is more than some books have, it just was not a very satisfing one and did not seem to give closure, the way it should have. This is a police, murder mystery whiich can be enjoyed by both men and women, ages 15 and up. If you have archnophobia, then you shoul not read this book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of detail, but a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading and I could not put it down,
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fair story. A little hard to get into at times, too many unimportant details detracts the story and leaves unanswered questions. No reason for all the recipes at the end either. Auther could have left them out and fleshed out the ending a little more. Ending was rushed and unsatisfacory.