Cause to Kill

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Title: Cause to Kill: An Avery Black Mystery – Book #1
Author: Blake Pierce
Genre: Mystery
Language(s): English
Available on: Amazon, Google Play Store, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble


Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.

In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine.


First thing first, in this book, much like Blake’s other piece, Before He Kills, it is easy to notice that the story and characters have a lot in common. But for fairness sake, any similarity is taken out of the picture in this book’s review.


Blake has a good way of describing and building up his characters as the story progresses. Without the need for illustrations, readers get a clearer picture about each character’s personality, temperament, and mentality through his wise choices of words.


It didn’t surprise me that the leading character, Avery, is always one or two steps ahead from her colleagues. And being a female in a men-infected job, it is also unsurprising that she receives unfair treatment despite her evident superior skills.

The way she spots a seemingly irrelevant clue and connects it to the puzzle is one characteristic that sets her apart from her colleagues. How she ‘enters’ the killer’s mind and ‘sees’ through the killer’s POV can give readers a hit on how good solver should work.


The author seems to be fond of using mundane, harmless-looking person as villain. Also, Blake looks like a fan of killing with religious overtone or alike.

I personally hoped that he could’ve prepared at least a chapter to explain more the motives behind the felon’s actions to further build up his character. It could’ve also been a good avenue to allow the readers to see through the criminal’s perspective.


Here are what made the story standout in my opinion:

  • How the composed Avery hit rock bottom and got manipulated in all possible ways by someone from the past.
  • How, despite all the negative happenings, was she able to make amends of the past.
  • The idea of not resorting to sexual contents in order to build the story up.

Below, however, are what I think the plot lacks.

  • No one seemed to be on par with the lead role. I personally believe that the story could’ve been better if there’s someone, like a rival, to give more spice.
  • As mentioned above, the author failed to give justice to the villain’s character. Well, it’s more like a personal preference 🙂
  • It could’ve been a good avenue for the author to introduce and to explain to his readers some of the industry-related terms.
  • The author failed to ensure that proper grammar and spelling are observed.

Would I recommend it?

The book can be freely downloaded so it won’t hurt to spend time reading it. For readers, like me, who want to delve into mystery-themed stories, this book is a good starting point.

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