Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review of No Evidence of a Crime by S. Connell Vondrak

Release date: 1st of September 2010
Published by: Oak Tree Press
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Political and Crime Lab Mystery
Pages: 220 pages in Paperback
Source: From the author for review

From Goodreads:

No Evidence of a CrimeAs Washington, D.C. detectives investigate the murder of a beautiful, young congressional aide shot dead near the Capital Mall, subtle discrepancies with the evidence become apparent. The murder weapon is identified as a Glock, but an eyewitness places the shooter too far away to have used a handgun. The slain woman was a player in high-stakes D.C. politics, yet DNA results reveal she was pregnant and the baby's father was a gang member.

The detectives bring in a forensic scientist to retest the samples, and determine evidence is being altered at the crime laboratory. Detectives Jarrod and Jackson must find out who is tampering with the facts...and why.

My review:

Let me start to say, that I really enjoyed this book! The author Susan Connell Vondrak has been working in forensic department in police and that background gave so many added values to this book!

I savored the details of the forensic work and luckily these were described in details, it was amazingly interesting to read! No Evidence of a Crime was well written, had very fascinating characters and plot which was filled with twists and turns.

Regarding the plot:

It all starts with D.C. detectives Kathleen Jackson and Jim Jarrod investigating a murder case which seems so plain and simple, so it makes it hard to believe. Murdered woman is a young and successful aide for Congressman Thatcher from Alabama. Jim does not buy the easy solution to the murder case and it all points to that something is terribly wrong in the forensic department.

The investigation takes both Kathleen and Jim to politics and political games and behind the curtains of men being capable of doing horrible things and getting away unpunished.

The storyline which developed between Kathleen and Jim as partners and as friends gave extra spice to the criminal investigation. The road of trusting each other and learning from each other was very well-written!

Regarding the characters:

Meet Kathleen, a young and brilliant scientist who is trying out the real investigation work in police forces. She is a smart woman, but still has a lot to learn from her partner, who seems to read people with such an ease that it makes Kathleen uncomfortable. I loved how Kathleen developed during the story, how she grew from being annoyed by Jim into a strong heroine capable of changing her life and taking important decisions. She found her way, her road to what she really wanted to do with her life – thanks to Jim.

Jim is an experienced detective who lost his partner and got Kathleen for his partner six months prior to this specific murder case. He admires Kathleen for many things, but the trust towards her is difficult to come. Finally Jim starts to open more up and it’s wonderful to follow their friendship. Jim is a guy you can count on and he is very likable and believable character.

S. Connell Vondrak did also excellent work with supporting characters. I loved Terri and Mama and her cafe! All the minor characters had colorful details and interesting personalities, even the bad guys! The bad guys were made enough despicable, but still interesting to follow and read about!

Characters were very strong part of No Evidence of a Crime and it made the plot even more captivating!


I read No Evidence of a Crime almost in one sitting, it kept me up until 3 am in the morning and after some hours of sleep I finished it. I could not put it away! The plot kept you imprisoned to want to know what happened in the forensic department and what will happen to the characters. The book offered many surprises, just when you think you know who the guilty parts are, you will be surprised again!

Wonderful mystery book! I would highly recommend it to everyone who likes CSI series and to everybody who enjoys a good mystery!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

Thanks goes to Susan Connell Vondrak for providing me her book for reviewing!

Happy reading!


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