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Review of "No One Left to Tell" by Karen Rose

I've been a fan of Karen Rose novels for about five years, but the last couple books I've read (You Belong to Me and Silent Scream) haven't been home runs for me. That is not the case with No One Left To Tell.

No One Left to Tell is the story of Paige Holden and Grayson Smith. A year earlier, Paige was attacked along with her friend, Thea by Thea's ex husband, resulting in Thea's death. Because the assailants escaped, they returned to Paige's home and shot her. Picking herself up, Paige decided to move to Baltimore to work with PI Clay Maynard. After finishing up a case for Clay, Paige is almost hit by a minivan that crashed into a pole right in front of her. The driver of the car was one of her clients, Elena Munoz, whose husband was serving time in prison for a murder he did not commit. Before dying, Elena hands Paige a flash drive with proof that her husband was framed and tells her that a cop had been the one chasing her.
Now, Paige has a dilemma on her hands: give the evidence to the police and risk it being covered up or keep things to herself, so she could investigate. She decides to talk to the man, who prosecuted Ramon Munoz's case, ASA Grayson Smith. When Paige approaches Grayson someone attempts to kill her, causing Grayson to fend off her attacker. This puts them on a collision course with a bunch of dirty cops, lawyers, and a political family with secrets to hide.

What I liked about No One Left to Tell (and what was missing from the last couple of books) was the romance. In You Belong to Me, especially, it felt more like action with sex thrown in the mix, and at points I felt like I was reading torture porn instead of a romance novel (I mean, who wants to have angry sex up against the brick wall of a night club? J.D. typified the angry-boner man archetype of old school romance novels). As I said, this was not the case with No One Left to Tell. It is obvious, almost immediately that there is something between Grayson and Paige, despite the fact that he doesn't want there to be (and the fact that they'd only known each other for a few days) because of the secret that he was afraid would get out if he let himself have a relationship.

I also liked that Ms. Rose kept the suspense up throughout the novel. We knew that Ramon hadn't killed Crystal Jones, but the question was who did. A lot of times, authors would have told us exactly who the killer was and we'd have spent the entire novel trying to pin them down. Ms. Rose didn't do that. She offered us someone who may have done it and then kept throwing more and more possibilities at us. There were times when I felt like I knew who the puppet master was, but then we'd get more information and I would wonder.

However, there was one thing that I didn't like, which was the repeated linking of the crime to the Clinton Hearings and his affair with Monica Lewinski. I was the same age Crystal would have been in 1998, and I don't think that if I had been brutally raped that I would have thought to keep my blue party dress just because that is what Monica Lewinski did.

Overall, however, I really enjoyed No One Left to Tell, and I look forward to reading more books in the series.

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