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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Root Of All Evil is a work of fiction in the mystery, suspense, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and is the third volume of the Clara and Iris Mystery collection. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Kim Carter, the plot follows the dynamic duo of private investigators, Clara Samples and Iris Hadley, as they take on a case that challenges the seemingly closed book of a double murder. Pritchard Pitts of the Atlanta Police Department brings them a case that has already seen two men convicted, but lingering doubts surround the verdict. As Clara and Iris dig into the intricacies of the crime, the narrative weaves a tale of unexpected twists and turns.
Author Kim Carter has crafted a compelling narrative with well-developed characters, each playing a crucial role in unraveling the truth that makes for a thrilling read filled with suspense and mystery. The story's depth comes not just from the central mystery but from the personal journeys of the investigators, which are beautifully penned with close narration and clever dialogue that allows us to read between the lines with emotion and tension. The blend of investigative prowess, unexpected alliances, and the ever-present danger creates a narrative that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish, and I found the mystery elements well-paced, easy to follow, yet hard to predict. This ideal balance of pace and content is complemented by Carter’s evocative writing, which suits the complexity of the case and its powerful cast, leaving readers guessing until the final revelation. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Root Of All Evil as a thrilling and suspenseful read to suit mystery fans seeking something accomplished and complex.