Praise for works of fiction by V.S. Kemanis

Forsaken Oath

a Dana Hargrove legal mystery

Clever, immersive… Kemanis, a talented weaver of scene and exposition, keeps the reader engaged with each new twist and bit of evidence. There is a lived-in feel to Bureau 90 that sets this work apart from lesser legal thrillers. Kemanis successfully spins a number of subplots simultaneously.

Forsaken Oath is a terrific legal thriller, written by a prosecutor who knows her way around the legal trenches. Kemanis’s expertise brings wonderful authenticity to a twisting plot.

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Forsaken Oath really shines. A powerful book… Dana Hargrove is a beacon of light, a modern idol.

[In] this legal thriller meets murder mystery,... the reader is thrust into the dizzying world of the legal profession at a running pace and never slows down.  Thoroughly absorbing writing... Every character (no matter how minor) is fleshed-out and believable, and … all the stories are woven together in an extremely satisfying way.

Homicide Chart

a Dana Hargrove legal mystery

By far the best of the ebook originals under consideration is V.S. Kemanis’ Homicide Chart … Besides being a well-written novel with interesting characters and strong narrative impetus, it is a law buff’s delight, with intelligent discussions of unusual legal situations and excellent courtroom combat … Kemanis is an excellent writer who would be right at home on any major publisher’s list.

Kemanis’ second novel in the Dana Hargrove series is a page turner, expertly written and well crafted. Kemanis seamlessly juxtaposes Dana’s life inside the courtroom and at home … Deftly plotted with characters that portray real, human emotions … Kemanis is a writer of high caliber worth noting and this is a novel well worth reading. RECOMMENDED.

In Homicide Chart, V.S. Kemanis weaves three separate plot lines into a compelling tale. Her characters are well-defined … authentic [and] … painted with a deft hand. This is Ms. Kemanis’ real talent. She makes us care for the characters.

The second Dana Hargrove legal thriller is a well paced, polished, and highly enjoyable read … Kemanis meters out the suspense in compelling fashion … Highly recommended.

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Thursday’s List

a Dana Hargrove legal mystery

An intelligent mystery about a career lawyer trapped between the professional and the personal … Kemanis draws on her experience as a prosecutor at the county and state levels and brings her personal knowledge of the investigation process into the story … A true page-turner.

An engaging and thought provoking account of financial crimes, money laundering and the workings of a drug cartel … A stunning portrayal of the deep bonds of friendship and the complexities that are encountered when that friendship is threatened … Well written with a plot that is complex and presented in a way that will keep you captivated.

The author knows how to keep her readers glued to the pages … The characters are well-defined and real to us, so everything that happens to them makes us feel everything they feel during their ordeal … Well done, Ms. Kemanis.

A great set of characters, with the protagonist, Dana, my favorite of the bunch … Thursday’s List has some qualities of mystery, legal thriller, and the police procedural … A plot that is different, with qualities that would appeal to fans of any of those genres.

Story Collections

V. S. Kemanis is certainly one of the most intelligent writers I have read, writers of classics included. Her insight into human behavior is truly unusual … These are believable stories and believable characters … unwaveringly fascinating.

These stories are absolutely wonderful … masterfully done. If you are a fan of writers such as Alice Munro, John Cheever, John O’Hara, Lorrie Moore, or Maeve Binchy, you will love this highly diverse and engaging collection.

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Quietly effective … Perfectly paced and brimming with mood and insight into our darker moments … Kemanis pulls off the difficult trick of imbuing the humdrum with a subliminal disquiet.

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[Kemanis is] unarguably gifted … a great talent … There are stories here that I think I will remember forever. They’ve stayed with me in the weeks since I read them and make me smile even now as I call to mind their wonderfully flawed characters, their gentle humor, their twists and surprises and, without exception, the compassionate insight at their core.

Little miracle stories … profoundly touching and at other times hilarious… Writing of this quality this early in a writer’s career is rare … Watch her closely.

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