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The Lies Have it (Sasha Jackson Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Edmondson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s election time in Toronto, and this year’s mayoral race is hotly contested. However, private investigator Sasha Jackson is more focused on bondage than ballots. After a wild night at a fetish party, a man Sasha had briefly met is found murdered near Cherry Beach, the whip marks on his back punctuated by two bullet holes. It initially seems like naughty sex that went a bit too far, but Sasha soon discovers that politicos like to play rough too, and might be hiding more than just their handcuffs.

Meanwhile, Sasha has two other cases on the go. A couple of distraught parents have hired her to find their runaway daughter Macy. Sasha’s search for the girl leads her to some of Toronto’s shadier neighbourhoods where she learns more than she wants to about teenaged angst and Ecstasy.

On top of the spank me, shank me cases, Sasha’s restaurateur brother has referred her services to a fine dining colleague who is convinced that someone in his restaurant is cooking the books instead of cooking five-star meals. Sasha should have just asked ‘Where’s the beef?’ but instead she spends a rainy night looking for it.

When Sasha dries off, she encounters an artistic dominatrix with passion for the environment, a political wife who never met a camera she didn't love, and a furry white cat that will inadvertently help to expose everything about Sasha’s latest case.


"Author Jill Edmondson created a great character in Sasha Jackson. This makes me want to keep reading. Sasha keeps me in the pages. She’s honest, gutsy, liberal and independent. I can relate to her in so many ways." Amy Steele, Entertainment Realm

"Been to a fetish party lately? Even if you aren’t a habitué, you’ll like this stylish, smart novel set in Toronto’s downtown arts and culture scene.

This series, featuring aspiring musician-turned-private eye Sasha Jackson, has been optioned for television and it has all the hallmarks of success. There is a winsome PI, a sexy cop for a potential love interest and Hogtown as we would all love it to be: racy, witty and full of interesting, polymorphous perversity. The mystery is a nicely plotted whodunit, but the real charm here is the setting. Edmondson, a communications professor, knows her town intimately. Even better, she knows how readers want it to be." Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

"In her 3rd mystery Sasha Jackson is in fine form. The book immediately grabbed my attention. I really enjoy Sasha’s conversations. In her directness and wit I was reminded of the Spenser books. Robert B. Parker created sharp interesting dialogue. Sasha remains a caustic observer of the world, an intriguing character, with a quirky life." -Bill Selnes, Mysteries and More

"Jill Edmondson’s third Sasha Jackson mystery, The Lies Have It, proves that this series has lasting power. In fact, this might be the best series you haven’t heard of… yet. Her mysteries are edgy and told with humor. Sasha sees Toronto from just about every angle, and it’s not all pretty. It’s nothing but fun to read and review a book like this one." -Karen Russell, How Mysterious

"The Lies Have It is another fun, fast-paced Sasha Jackson mystery featuring the sexy and sassy private investigator. Wicked, witty and absolutely hilarious." -Maureen Box, Bookish Magpie

"I like Sasha. She's tenacious. She gets a case or two or three and she keeps working until she solves them. We follow her into places and lives both troubled and fascinating. Edmondson makes Toronto come alive on the page. I give The Lies Have It and Sasha Jackson a rating of Hel-of-a-Character.  I'd like to meet Sasha. I'd like to meet Jill. I'd like to go to Canada." -Helen Ginger, Straight from Hel

Product Details

  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Iguana Books (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story by Jill Edmondson! January 14, 2012
By BobbiD
Format:Kindle Edition
Jill Edmondson does it again with her Sasha Jackson Mystery series. After the gut wrenching laughs "Deadlight District" induced, Sasha is on multiple cases this time.

The author delivers the same fast paced, witty writing that captured me during "Blood and Groom" and "Deadlight District." The Sasha Jackson character is perfectly written and the way Jill takes you through the many sides of Toronto's streets, and eats leaves you wanting more!!

I highly recommend this to any murder mystery fans!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tenacious Investigator April 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I believe The Lies Have It is the third in Jill Edmondson's Sasha Jackson Mystery series. I've read and reviewed the first two, Dead Light District and Blood and Groom. I like Sasha. She's tenacious. She gets a case or two or three and she keeps working until she solves them. She doesn't zip around town in a red sports car having meetings with the rich and famous. She hoofs it or takes public transportation. She doesn't slip into an evening dress and glide into a celebrity ball unnoticed. She doesn't pretend to be something-- oh, wait a minute. She does dress appropriate to the occasion, like in The Lies Have It, which starts with Sasha working the bar at a fetish party at The Stealth Lounge.

And from there, we follow her into places and lives both troubled and fascinating. Edmondson makes Toronto come alive on the page. She makes me want to go there. She brings even minor characters to life. Here's an example. This is from page 22. Sasha and a friend have been discussing one of the participants at the fetish party:
I folded my arms across my chest, and pressed my knees closer together than words in a dictionary. Right now, I kind of wished I were wearing a medieval chastity belt.

From that, you have no idea what or who has caused this reaction, but you know this may be a coming out party, but there are no debutantes attending. Some parts of The Lies Have It would probably be rated R, although not overly graphic. I figure that will entice as many buyers as it will scare away.

Sasha tends to take the cases other investigators won't. And because she's willing to tromp around in grunge clothes, talk to street people, and go where others won't, she solves problems, she finds people, and she steps into situations that sometimes turn out very bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding Sasha Jackson novel! January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author Jill Edmondson does it again in this third installment in her Sasha Jackson PI series. (See also Blood And Groom and Dead Light District.)

Sometime drummer girl and bartender, private investigator Sasha Jackson is no stranger to the mean streets of Toronto. Bad guys of every stripe beware! Edmondson brings her trademark humor, sass and sex appeal to this hot new page-turner.

If you like Evanovich, you'll love Sasha Jackson. It's as simple as that. Edmondson keeps it moving with her unique brand of crime-fighting.

A must-read for mystery fans!

Donna Carrick, author of The First Excellence
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun read June 22, 2012
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Sasha Jackson is an awesome girl. She plays drums to blow off steam, lives at home with her dad and doesn't own a car. That's as good an intro as I can think of for a main character - she's a regular person! No martinis or fancy cars for this private eye and further, she rides the bus or hails a taxi to reach her destinations in Toronto.
The characters are well rounded and believable (if you've read any of my reviews, this is important to me). The storyline is tight and well written and if you're paying attention as you read, you'll catch a couple of quick clues along the way.
This is the first Sasha book I've read and won't be the last - a great story from a wonderful storyteller!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read March 16, 2014
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I actually started backwards on this series reading the fourth in the series (Frisky Business) first.

In the Lies Have It she delivers another well paced well written adventure for Sasha. It is interesting that these are set in Toronto as other than a very few references they could be set in any major American City. The plot moves at a good pace and the mysteries are well written so you do not solve too quickly.

I like the main character Sasha and think Ms. Edmondson has done a good job of blending the traditional PI with a more modern setting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable March 3, 2014
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I recommend this book for anyone who likes a little humor in their mystery. Sasha is much like Stephanie Plum Canadian style. Good way to spend a day. I will definitely read more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lies Have It February 25, 2014
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I received a free download of "The Lies Have It" by Jill Edmondson to read on my Kindle, in exchange for an honest review. This was a super crime mystery novel set in Toronto.

Sasha Jackson is a PI in Toronto. Business has been slow lately, but the bills keep coming. To supplement her income she takes some odd jobs from time to time, like bartending at a BDSM party in a local bar. Shortly after this particular party the host of this group, Ian Dooley was found dead at the waterfront, indicating foul play,with whip marks and two bullet holes. Sasha suspects that the crime has nothing to do with the victim's lifestyle, but she is occupied with another case at the moment.

But where was the motive for Ian's murder? Could the murder have been random? If so there would be no pattern. Why was the victim chosen? Who had the means, motive and opportunity to pull off this killing? Sasha must dig deep to solve this mystery.

This book is an easy read and an interesting plot, but definitely keeps your attention. And as a resident of Toronto, for the last 30 years, the descriptions and details of Toronto are so true and accurate. All I can say is hats off to a very talented writer, and thank you for allowing me to read your novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Twitter!
If not for Twitter I would not have found another fantastic mystery detective series that I am really enjoying! Love Sasha and all she gets into! I love that it is in Canada.
Published 7 months ago by GirlinGA
4.0 out of 5 stars An Easy to Read Book with Fast-Moving Plot
First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways.

Sasha Jackson is a PI in Toronto. Read more
Published 8 months ago by johnc57
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lies Have It by Jill Edmondson
Sasha Jackson is busier than ever! She starts out working a simple runaway case and ends up knee deep in murder. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kissablysweetone
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIES HAVE IT
Jill Edmonson has done a wonderful job of entertaining me. Her story, written in the first person singular, similar to James Patterson's Alex Cross series, and difficult to do... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephen W. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read
I loved this book. I'm not usually in to the mystery genre, but this one is a great read. The character is sassy and honest. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sophia H
5.0 out of 5 stars A gutsy and funny heroine!
The Lies Have It is a fast-paced tale about Sasha Jackson, a private investigator and gutsy heroine with street instincts. Read more
Published 16 months ago by saniko
5.0 out of 5 stars Sasha Rules!
There's a reason why "The Lies Have It" has solid 5-star review ratings: seriously fun, seriously romping good writing, seriously the coolest character I've ever met in a fiction... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bev Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars More of what I love about this fast-paced and fun series
"The Lies Have It," the third book of the Sasha Jackson Mysteries series by Jill Edmondson (@JillEdmondson), is more of what I enjoyed so much about the first two entries: Multiple... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scott Whitmore
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
great fun, a fast read with lots of unexpected twist - loved the Toronto setting - sexy without being sexual -
Published 19 months ago by Duncan Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Breezy and quirky.
Sasha Jackson is a Toronto based private eye who sometimes helps out her friend Jessica, and earns pin-money, by doing bar work. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul D Brazill
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More About the Author

There's a thin line between me and my heroine Sasha Jackson, although I've never worked at a phone sex hotline, and Sasha isn't a language geek. I enjoy bumming around any country where they speak a Latin-based language. I love cheesy, head-banging rock concerts, ice cream and palm trees.

I'm a Cancerian. I live in Toronto.

My reading tastes are varied, but these days they lean towards nonfiction, a mix of history, current events, politics, economics and science. When it comes to fiction, I prefer books that make me laugh; Jasper Fforde and Christopher Moore are two favourites.

I own the two cutest dogs in the world. They are both Maltese, and neither one has any teeth (dental problems are common with this breed, I hear). I got Bella in October 2011. She is 12 years old, very neurotic, weighs 6 lbs, and is very sweet. I got her new boyfriend Chico from an animal shelter in January 2012. He weighs 5 lbs, has a heart condition, and believes that my sole purpose on Earth is to rub his belly!

MA - Cultural Studies
BA - History

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