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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
Debra Burroughs has made a mystery reader out of me. 'The Scent of Lies,' caught my attention on the first page and kept me engaged until the last. Main character, Emily Parker, is a likable, vulnerable, sassy, hotheaded, smart woman surrounded by loving friends. When she discovers a woman's phone number in her late private detective husband's jacket, she begins to realize, she doesn't know a thing about why her husband was killed six months ago. Her rabid thoughts begin to form while she also finds some real inconsistencies in her late husband's life. She is left to wonder, 'Was our marriage a lie?'

Unlike most chicken hearted women, Emily makes a move to find out the truth. She calls the number and sets up a meeting with the mysterious woman. And, that my friend is when the fun begins. Delia is the woman who hired Emily's husband to uncover the truth about hers, Richard Vega.

The mystery drama in 'Scent of Lies' is not heavy nor crude. The cleverly crafted story takes the reader on an engaging romp through hidden clues, romance, crime and murder. Oh, before I forget, Delia runs a multimillion dollar company called, Heaven Scent, which is all a girl needs to smell a rat. The story is fun and charming as Emily and Delia become friends and stand together even as another murder occurs, this time Delia needs all the help and girlfriends she can muster. Emily meantime, bristles and melts in the presence of the semi-set-up-date between the new man in town - who happens to be the new police private detective in Paradise Valley.

Right from the start, it's evident, Emily is fortunate to have a wonderful group of contemporary friends who are familiar characters to most reader's lives. Burroughs has created strong, colorful, loyal women who perceive the bonds of friendship through thick and thin.

Scent of Lies is a good book that is a fully rounded story with juicy bits of intrigue, romance, stubbornness, greed, kindness, friendship and hope for the future. But....Ms. Burroughs, please, who killed Emily's husband? I think there is another story there.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2012
The Scent of Lies was a fun read. I found myself immediately compelled to cheer on the heroine. The relationships were well developed and the mystery kept me guessing. I'm hoping for a sequel novel which will find Maggie a man and Emily (the heroine) another puzzling case to solve. Another great read from this author is Three Days in Seattle, a Novel of Romance and Suspense
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2012
Debra Burroughs has once again had me addicted to my kindle. I love the characters in this book. They are so real and so likable you want them for your own. They all just want to be there for each other. Each time I thought I knew who the killer was, there would be some kind of twist to make me question myself. You were rooting for Emily from the beginning. Can she solve this murder and really become the private investigator that she truly wants to be? She proves herself to all of those who doubt her. I am hoping for a continuing of her hunt to find out more about her late husbands secrets. With help from Colin, Alex, and Isabel, and the rest of Emily's friends the bad guys don't stand a chance against the Smokin' Hot Lady PI. Can't wait for the next book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
This title read very slowly for me. The story itself is okay but despite the author's attempts to over-describe nearly every scene and character I just couldn't relate. For example in one scene the author spends several paragraphs and a page and a half of text describing a walk to the bar of a restaurant while waiting for a table, but nothing ever happens... as soon as the characters sit down at the bar their table is ready and then we get to read about the walk from the bar to the table where again, nothing substantive happens. Less is more, when in doubt cut it out. There was an interesting sub-plot involving a possible connection between two murders that I was expecting to be resolved but in the end I was left wanting more.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
I cannot believe all of the superior reviews for this book! Why on earth is all of that "stuff" about the husband's death and alternate identities in the book...since NOTHING IS EXPLAINED. I am so glad that I didn't pay for this and I wonder about reviews when I see all of the positive ones for this predictable, unfinished attempt.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
I knew who the killer was and why from the beginning, no surprises there at all. And the idea that someone can turn from realtor to PI without training or license or anything... I found it preposterous. Clean language, no gore, so I appreciated that but I rather read something that will surprise me a litte more. I'd like to know about her husband, but that was the only suspense in the book
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
This is a simple book with a simple mystery and a VERY simple writing style. It was obvious "who dunnit" from the beginning. but I trudged through it just to confirm that I had guessed correctly. However, what became so irritating is the simple, somewhat juvenile, immature writing style of the author. I was so surprised to see that she's written quite a few books. Maybe this was the first. From its overly simple plot, repetitive declarative sentence structure, misplaced commas, and overblown adjectives straight out of a thesaurus, I assumed this book was a self published first effort. Since it was a 99 cent special, though, so I probably got what I paid for.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2012
The story never had a completed ending. I found the subject going back to the same topic when she interviewed people. It seemed like she forgot what she had writeen.

The beginning was Emily finding the truth about her husband. The only thing she learned is he took her ring for repairand he had not stolen it. What happened to the years before he married her. They couldn't find that he existed before that. What about all the passports he had and the money in the safe deposit box and the gun? Strange strange
Why was his killed? The book went around in circles.

I knew immediately who the killer of Delia husband Richard, Ricardo was. The story line was so obvious.

Keep writing but finsih off the story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
The writing was young adult level and at least fairly well edited. However, there was no mystery. It was pretty obvious whodunit shortly after the murder was described. The way the killer was "revealed" was downright stupid and silly, especially how the heroine managed to come up with a gun. There were a couple of points I thought should have been cleared up, but weren't. There was a major subplot about the heroine's husband who was murdered some six months before this book's activity, which will evidently be continued in at least one of the sequels. Frankly, after such a poorly plotted and uninteresting "mystery", this author didn't make me want to know what happened next.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Scent of Lies is the first in a series. A not-so-successful real estate agent turns detective after her husband is killed. It's a good plot with interesting characters. No bad language. I will order other books in this series. BLOODROSE
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