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  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QATXY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 - www.bethpontorno.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lowdermilk on 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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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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Disclaimer to begin - I have trouble with books that are supposed to be funny. I think I read them as though they were serious and as a result much of the humor seems ridiculous or unbelievable or I just plain miss it. I do better with humor when it is visual. That is the case with this book. I had to get a ways into it before I could go with humor flow to visualize the events and suspend realism. Having said that, I actually smiled a time or two near the end of the book - amazing, actually.

This is the story of Lucy who loses her librarian job and takes a temporary as a secretary for a detective agency. Because of her unbelievable ability to make up and tell lies on the run, she begins to help with the investigations. That is until the attempt to take a bail jumper turns deadly, resulting in his murder. Lucy is initially the prime suspect and is determined to find the murderer herself, since the police don't seem to be doing their job right. There follows the chain of events, which are supposed to be funny and sometimes actually are.

Add in the love interest, Danny, who owns the agency with his father. Danny and Lucy "live" together in the apartment attached to the agency. But, in order to keep things on a business only relationship, Danny tells Lucy he is gay. I thought this whole line of the story was part of the ridiculous. The author must have mentioned a hundred times that Danny was gay. Only an idiot would have failed to get the message that he was just stringing Lucy along.

My other problem with the book is that everything was so predictable. I love mysteries, but this was a slapstick comedy posing as mystery and it just didn't do anything for me. I can see that people who like the comedy part would have a lot of fun with the story.

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review.
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By Laurie Davis on 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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