- Title: Once Removed
- Author: Ken La Salle
- File Size: 1198KB
- Print Length: 234
- Publication Date: June 17, 2016
- Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- Formats: Kindle, Paperback
- Genres: Cozy Mystery
Once Removed starts off slowly with the funeral of Terence (Terry) Montez, who dies in an incomprehensible suicide. His wife, Isabelle is seen in the first few chapters going through the motion, sad and disheartened of her husband’s untimely death. Despite missing his presence, she wants everything to return to normal.
Things begin to get interesting when Isabelle’s daughter Iris finds a mysterious letter from Terry. Is it a love letter, or a suicide note? Soon after Isabelle is obsessing over the letter, she finds another, then another, until she begins to believe that the letters are clues. But is Terry really telling her something? Isabelle and Iris begin studying the letters, finding that Terry had hidden clues within the contents.
Once Removed is full of twists and turns, keeping you guessing right up until the end. Following the clues along with Isabelle and Iris, I tried to figure it out myself, but like any good story, I had no clue how it would end, although bits and pieces I was able to draw together myself.
There were a few misspells and grammatical errors in the narrative. The characters were developed well, most three-dimensional, especially the main ones, Isabelle and Iris. The dialogue was mediocre, and there were some telling rather than showing in the narrative. Nevertheless, I had to keep reading because my interest in finding out the story behind the letters kept me from setting the book down.
Once Removed is a good, easy-going summer read. I recommend to anyone who likes to sit back and solve mysteries along with the characters.
Overall Rate: 3 out of 5 stars
Author and Playwright, Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given him a progressive and environmentalist view. As a result, you’ll find many of his stories touching those areas both geographically and philosophically. His passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. You can find out more about Ken on his website at http://www.kenlasalle.com.