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Telling Lies (Laurel and Helen New York Mystery) Paperback – April 11, 2011
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"Telling Lies is a gripping, suspenseful read packed with memorable characters and deft twists and turns."
--Judith Kelman, Freelance Journalist and Author of 16 novels, including Summer of Storms, Winner of the 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award for Best Suspense
"Telling Lies tosses two feisty and impetuous heroines into a crisp salad of financial scam, Nazi art looting, law enforcement rivalries, and post-911 identity fraud against a glamorous backdrop of Florence and New York, with a MacGuffin that the reader can't help wishing really existed."
--Elizabeth Zelvin, two-time Agatha Award finalist
"A fast-paced tale of art, espionage and murder set against the backdrops of Italy and New York, Telling Lies grabbed my attention from page one. With her knack for compelling characters and storylines that are anything but predictable, Cathi Stoler establishes herself as an author to watch."
--Camille Noe PagÃ¡n, author of The Art of Forgetting
"A priceless painting stolen during WWII, a man missing on 9/11, and a love affair gone awry--add up to a thriller not to be missed!"
--Robin Hathaway, Author of Sleight of Hand
"Cathi Stoler brings the jet-setting world of shady high-end art collectors to life with skillful strokes in Telling Lies. Don't be surprised if you find yourself booking a trip to Italy when you reach the last page of this satisfying thriller."--Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Maxx Maxwell mysteries
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the way that the author wrote the chapters because when I got to the end of one chapter, she often left me hanging. I wanted to read on. And sometimes she would write something about a certain character's predicament, and it would be several chapters later before that character's issue was resolved. It was a fast-paced book, and it kept my interest all the way to the end. I just had to know how it ended!
My disappointment with the book was two-fold. I found Laurel a little too "dumb" to be in the position she was. Although she was investigating the situation, and it was clear that she was right, she made some costly mistakes that I don't think most women would have made. I actually wished that her part of the story had ended a little differently than it did. I became quite annoyed with her, and I didn't always find her believable.
My other disappointment was the abundance of profanity. This is a constant problem with contemporary fiction, and generally I don't complain unless the words are used too much. In the beginning, I was hoping that the author would only use these words once in a while, but it seemed like the amount of these words increased. It is a pet peeve of mine, so for me, it detracted from the story.
In spite of these disappointments, I would certainly be willing to read something else by this author because she is definitely an author that writes a well-crafted story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100 percent mine
As for the story line, there is virtually no suspense and very little action, even in the course of the un-climactic ending.
Character development is abysmal. It is difficult to say, with certainty, exactly who is the author's intended main character. Relationships are poorly formed and do not help the story develope or move along. As such, there is simply a collection of shallow characters that fail to promote any interest.
I won't be looking for additional offerings by this author.
However, in my opinion, the main character of this story (and most books) needs to be someone we care about and like. The "heroine" in this novel is unbelievably unlikeable and I couldn't care less what happens to her. I'm just curious if the author knew this and made it this way. Or does she actually think readers enjoy reading about, (as "Like Brussels Sprouts" says in his review), "arrogant and smug" characters? I hope not for her sake. Otherwise I, along with other readers, will have a difficult time reading any other of her books if her main characters have these type of personalities traits.
I am not a fan of Brussels sprouts either. But I felt hearing the main character's voice in this book was like Fingers on a Chalk Board. By the way, the other woman in this book that helps the first one with the mystery is no better.
Just so you know Ms Stoler, by making both of these woman very unlikeable, eliminates me from reading any other book they are in.
Cathi's carefully crafted story keeps you turning pages as Laurel, a Manhattan magazine editor, and her friend, private investigator Helen McCorendale, unravel a hideous plan that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Helen works undercover while Laurel strives to discover why she ran into someone who's supposed to be dead.
The lies and subterfuge get bolder and more desperate as Laurel finds herself in the middle of an international mess as a well-known Massod agent enters the picture with his own agenda.
While Laurel and Helen work under the surface, Laurel's boyfriend Aaron, an NYPD cop, pursues the criminal elements from the law's perspective with an FBI pal who specializes in art fraud and left. Things really heat up as Laurel's efforts to learn more about what's going on back the bad guys into a bleak corner. They come out with murderous intent that leaves a lot of collateral damage along the way.
The story moves smoothly thanks to the author giving the location of events at every chapter's opening. She has skillfully crafted an intricate story that is provoking and satisfying to the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real captivating tale of love, loss, deceit, betrayal and suspense! The author draws you in with a reasonably plausible story line that is developed masterfully until the ending... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Neil Lamont
This book was hard to stay with. I reread many chapters as the characters were not distinctive enough for me to keep track. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by janice
I loved the premise of this book and even recommended it to a couple of friends when I was still in the first chapters. However, I ended up hating this book. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by hrchic
Pretty good for about the first three quarters the book but really comes up short at the end. Leads you on, trying to guess what happens in the end only for there to be no good... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Joshua Webster
Great storyline and lots of interesting characters. I could see them involved in another mystery. Even though there were some twists and turns to this story, it would have been... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by NoraC
Laurel Imperiole, an editor for Women Now magazine, is vacationing in Italy with Detective Aaron Gerard, of the NYPD Identity Theft Squad. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
This could have been a very good story if it had been given the correct attention.
Great story line but very poor development of the story. Read more
This book was slow in the beginning and left some things a little confusing. However, at the end it was all wrapped up and really goodPublished on January 28, 2013 by J. Wilson
I found the atmosphere of Florence, Italy, and New York City to be spot on in this intriguing story of art theft and duplicity. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Mark Rubinstein