Murder Is Just the Beginning – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Carol Kravetz

Carol Kravetz’s Murder Is Just the Beginning kicks off with a mystery man trying to discover whether or not a fourth murder has been committed. Four detectives are brought into the story right away though -two young men and two young women. The women, Cathy and Krista hail from Ireland and are brought into the department via a government approved project in Massachusetts to hire and train detectives at a younger age than normal. The four characters end up in romantic relationships with one another as they work the murder cases that started off the story.

Murder Is Just the Beginning might be a fun read if readers are looking for mostly a romance novel. It is far from a true murder mystery as it is nearly half-way through the book before any real action around the case begins to take shape and even then the mystery in the plot is thin. The first chapter ended with a captivating cliffhanger, but subsequent chapters more often than not finished with a sentence or two that felt forced or more like an after thought in an effort to get readers to continue to the next chapter.

However, Murder Is Just the Beginning is quite an enjoyable read if a reader is looking for romance with a hint of intrigue sprinkled in. Carol Kravetz brings a depth to the male characters that is atypical of men -at least in how they speak and talk to one another, but this style is a fantasy that women often dream of -getting men to reveal their deepest feelings easily. By sharing two separate romantic relationships, Carol Kravetz offers a unique story of love in Murder Is Just the Beginning with a crime sub story to add more color and flavor to the tale.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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