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Once Upon a Lie (A Fitzjohn Mystery, Book 3) by [Paterson, Jill]
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About the Author

Jill Paterson was born in Yorkshire, UK, and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia before spending 11 years in Ontario, Canada. On returning to Australia, she settled in Canberra. After doing an arts degree at the Australian National University, she worked at the Australian National University's School of Law before spending the next 10 years with the Business Council of Australia and the University of NSW, ADFA Campus, in the School of Electrical Engineering. Jill is the author of four published books. The Celtic Dagger, Murder At The Rocks, Once Upon A Lie, and Lane's End which are all part of the Fitzjohn Mystery Series. She has also authored two non-fictions books, Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

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  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: J. Henderson (November 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5W86XE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story was good, and as with her others, not too predictable. My main issue was with the poor editing throughout: misused phrases and words, extra words, misspelled words, run-ons and fragments. They were annoying by the end, and interfered with my enjoyment.
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Above and beyond any other issues in Once Upon a Lie, this novel is in desperate need of professional proofreading. The author appears to be wholly unfamiliar with the semicolon; at the same time, she is entirely enamoured with the commas that sprinkle this work seemingly at random. In addition to that, the dialogue seems oddly formal and archaic, and is more reminiscent of an early 1960s P.D. James novel than a contemporary work of fiction.

Overall, while this book has interesting potential in terms of plot and characters, it ultimately reads as an un-proofed early draft and would have benefited enormously from additional professional expertise before publication.
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This is Jill Patterson's third book in the Fitzjohn series and the scene of this one is once again in Sydney, Australia, a city Jill is very familiar with and visits often. She goes to the scenes she will mention in her books and that attention to detail makes them more realistic and visual in the mind of the reader. Each time she introduces a new character, you have to wonder if they are the murderer, but Jill keeps you guessing until the very end as the story gets more and more complicated with the investigation...the true mark of a captivating mystery. Once Upon A Lie is a fascinating tale of family dysfunction and the
ultimate results of how terrible that scenario can play out when coupled with greed and jealousy. It is an exciting read from beginning to end!
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An interesting series of intersecting mishaps and missteps resulting in the murders of two siblings in a short period of time. There is some development of the characters of the detective and his colleague, but other characters are the means by which the story is developed. Little development of the environment or the art business, the wine business or the yachting world. Descriptions are lackluster and there are enough grammatical or typographical errors to be distracting. The story is the book.
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I didn't read any of the reviews before I read this but I concur with one that this book is dated in the wrong time frame. When I started reading, I at once put the time frame in the 50's or 60's. Suddenly I was confronted with laptops and cell phones....wrong. It was set in the 2000's. Unfortunately the tech of these days in rarely mentioned again...Fitzjohn is seemingly stuck in a time warp.

The whole books is one of interrogation. Fitzjonhn and his partner visit the suspects over and over and over again. This is to give them a time line which will then tell them who is the culprit. Boring. The writing style is okay but the plot could use a little work.
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This mystery takes place in Austraila. There is a murder and while investigating, the detectives and constables find there are actually several mysteries that rather overlap. With few exceptions their witnesses and persons of interest tell one lie after the other. Most of which are easily disproved.This is just a great who dunnit with enjoyable characters and an interesting story line. One real mystery is how constable Betts' shoes found their way into his supervisors airing cupboard.
Wait until you meet Ms Timmons, she is so real you'll want to invite her over for tea.
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It's well written and entertaining, not the kind of "I cannot put it down book" but good. My complain is the enormous amount of interrelated characters which renders the plot somewhat confusing; you have to go back to know who they are. Maybe I have a bad memory for names.
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Punctuation: optional. Homophones: what are those? E.g. A boat is sighted off of the coast, not sited (mountains, cities, and other stationary locations are sited.). An author's purpose is to communicate clearly. this is just another self-publishing attempt that fails due to lack of attention to detail. If the author doesn't care enough to use proper punctuation, spelling and grammar, why should anyone else care? this novel doesn't deserve review of plot or character development because the author carelessly published a document full of errors. Hopefully, no one actually paid for this mess.
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