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Lies and More Lies [Kindle Edition]

Beth Pontorno
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Lucy Derrider was laid off from her job as a librarian, father and son private investigative team, Harry and Danny Sullivan, hired her as their secretary. Within months, her talent for lying earned her the unofficial title of assistant private investigator.

When Danny and Lucy’s latest case gets bungled, resulting in murder, Lucy becomes the prime suspect. In her quest to find the real killer so she can clear her name, Lucy encounters a plethora of roadblocks, including a dogged police detective, angry mourners, cheating spouses, and a lunatic in a red Camaro. The biggest barriers of all, though, are the lies she encounters, not only from strangers but from the man she loves.

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468102818
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QATXY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very believable April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was really in to the story the first 20-30 pages. The main character loses her job and finds herself working for a private investigator. She starts helping out with small undercover jobs once they realize she's good at lying. As far as I could tell she was just good at acting. Anyway, she's afraid to tell her parents she's working as the private investigation firm. It didn't really make sense why she was reluctant to tell them. I mean, at least she's got a job, right?! She agrees to help out on a case that is supposed to be a lot more dangerous. Everyone was reluctant for her to help out because of the danger factor. I wasn't buying it. She seemed tough as nails and unafraid of anything. Why does she get squeamish all of a sudden. At that point the book lost credibility with me and I didn't enjoy the rest. Maybe I'll give it another try later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced and Entertaining June 9, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review. "Lies and More Lies" by Beth Pontorno is a fast-paced, entertaining and fun. A number of previous reviews stated that it wasn't very realistic, and I would have to agree to a certain extent; however, I read for entertainment purposes not for total realism so I have to say I really enjoyed the book. The book starts fast-paced and doesn't let up through the entire book. The author did a great job in the description of the characters and I could almost visualize them.

Lucy loses her job as a Librarian and ends up taking a secretarial position with a father and son team of private investigators. The father Harry and son Danny eventually end up using Lucy in some of their investigations since it turns out that Lucy is really good at lying and making up believable stories to get the goods on whomever they are investigating. Unfortunately for Lucy, one investigation goes bad and she is in the middle of a murder investigation where she is the prime suspect. The antics and decisions that Lucy makes during this time are humorous and almost make me wondering how she survived the entire ordeal.

My only gripe with this story is the lie Danny told Lucy. Lucy has a huge crush on Danny and he eventually tells her that he is gay. Lucy ends up moving into Danny's second bedroom to get out of her parents house. My problem with the lie is that Danny eventual tells Lucy that he's not gay but bisexual and then tries to woe her into a sexual and intimate relationship. Lucy doesn't have any angst about the bisexual part but that he lied to her. The author makes it seem that any person that is bisexual can immediately fall and choose one sex over another as easy as flipping a switch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick easy breezy read February 8, 2012
By Linder
This book is both a mystery and a romance. It's very light-hearted and I'd say it's primarily a romance. Lucy lost her job and is now working for a detective agency. Due to her skill at lying she has been tapped to help with investigations instead of doing just secretarial work. I feel a bit bad for Lucy as she goes through so much in her pursuit to clear herself of a murder charge which came about due to an investigation Lucy was involved in. If you're an avid mystery reader or crime/cozy reader but don't care much for romance, this might not be a perfect fit for you. In terms of the romance, Lucy and Danny have a number of near-misses before the resolution of the plot. Take this book for a spin; it's definitely worth a try! Note: I was given a free copy of this book in order to review it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Love Lucy April 4, 2012
By Pat1360
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book. The premise was intriging (librarian turned P.I.) and the writing style easy to read. The main character, Lucy, started as amiably clumsy. As the book progressed, however, she became increasingly annoying and unbelievable. Also, the romance detracted from the mystery plot. I was glad to reach the end of the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quirky, romantic, crime novel March 24, 2012
By Kathy I
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing.

I thought the book was hilariously funny and romantic. Lucy has one bad day after another while investigating a murder she feels she's about to be arrested for. Add on top of that her hunky roommate that she has the hots for! Great book, held my interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lies and more Lies March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book! Very fun read! It wasn't very realistic, but that doesn't really bother me in this type of book. It captured my interest within the first chapter and held it until the very end. It was fun and suspenseful!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable March 2, 2012
By Ocie
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a little off from my preferred genre, but nonetheless a very good read! The author described the characters very well so it kept my interest and added the mystery that turns an average book into a page turner that makes you not want to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a little bit of zainy cute mixed with mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some likes, some dislikes February 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a very nice read, and a very nice distraction for a weekend with nothing much else to do.

Lucy, telling her story in the first person, seems to have found her niche in a father-and-son detective agency after being laid off from the local library. Coupled with a killer body (and probably the stereotypical glasses), a poker face, and the ability to take any story and run with it, Lucy finds herself more and more enmeshed in the workings of the agency. Not just as the secretary she was hired to be. Sting the guy sitting next you in the bar with a little leg and cleavage? Lucy can handle it.

Until one night, the sting goes a little too far when the guy in question slips a mickey into her drink and takes her home. Unable to defend herself, unable to do anything, she wakes up with a gun in her hand, the target dead and finds herself a suspect in his murder.


And here's where the story falls apart for me.. as smart a Lucy is, and as smart as her employers are, why did know one take this woman to the hospital so she would have corroborating evidence that she'd been drugged?

'Nuff said. If you can get over that hurdle, the characters are charming, well-drawn, and likeable. Including parents who try to feed their youngsters when they don't know what else to do with them.

I only gave this a three because of the lack of realism, but since this is more of a romance novel with some action thrown in, I can't complain.

I received a courtesy copy of this book for review.
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When I was much younger, I would re-imagine the stories I read to suit my own tastes. Eventually, I stopped butchering other writers' stories and decided to write my own. I enjoy reading contemporary romances and mystery/suspense novels. So it's no surprise those are the types of stories I enjoy writing. To find out more about me, please visit my website -


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