Liar Liar, by Author Nancy Boyarsky
In Liar Liar by Nancy Boyarsky, the loveable Nicole Graves finds herself in a predicament once again, when a co-worker calls out sick, and she’s entrusted to look after a witness in the high-profile, Oceanside University rape trial. Wanting to do her job and see justice served, she takes on the assignment despite her newly-engaged fiance’s well-founded concerns for her safety and privacy.
After spending time with the rape victim in close quarters, Nicole catches small things that lead her to believe the victim may not be telling the truth. Adding insult to injury, if the accused, a young man-of-color, is convicted, his promising future will be destroyed with the drop of the gavel. Is the victim speaking the truth?
Nicole Graves puts her life, and relationship, on the line to find the answers to the mystery, discovering some truths about herself in the process.
I love mystery reads and Liar Liar didn’t disappoint. I was fully engrossed in this story, often living vicariously through Nicole while I flipped the pages. She is smart and the most lovable protagonist for her sleuthing, but also for her desire to seek justice and the truth.
While the subject matter of a rape trial is heavy, the book itself is not. It’s devoid of graphic descriptions of non-consensual sex (thank goodness) and the story line is clean. I wouldn’t go as far as to classify it as a “fluffy” mystery novel, like a cozy mystery, but it has the same readability if you’re looking for a “woman sleuth” read. I found this book to be very enjoyable for it’s mystery, unpredictability, and lovable protagonist.
I consider myself a pretty good “whodunit” detector, but Author Nancy Boyarsky got me on this one. AND IT WAS SO CLEVER! The “red herrings” were there when I thought back on it, but it wasn’t at all obvious. To me, that’s the mark of a great mystery read. Bravo!
Easily a five star novel. Highly recommended to fans of women sleuth reads.
Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths
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Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Light Messages Publishing
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Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial.
Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems.
It isn’t just Mary Ellen who’s acting suspiciously. No one wants to own up to the truth in Liar Liar, not even Nicole, whose fiancé begs her not to look into the case. But when the witness goes missing during the trial, Nicole is caught up in a tangle of lies that turns deadly. After the investigator assigned to the case fails to do his job, Nicole is determined to find the killer on her own, no matter the risks.
Nicole heard a sound and came in from the balcony in time to see Mary Ellen, now fully dressed, slip out the front door. Nicole ran after her. She couldn’t allow the girl to run off after what she’d said about the hopelessness of her predicament. By the time Nicole got to the elevator bank, it was empty. The girl was already on her way down.
Nicole couldn’t take the stairs; she was on the tenth floor. But the elevator bank had four cars, and luck was with her. Moments later, the door to another elevator opened. When she reached the lobby, she caught sight of Mary Ellen through the window. She had just left the building and was jaywalking across Ocean Avenue toward the beach.
Nicole rushed after her. The wind was picking up, blowing through her jacket. She was halfway across the street, when a car heading south skidded to a stop a few feet away. The driver leaned on his horn and opened his window to scream at her. She ignored him, trying to keep Mary Ellen in sight. The girl seemed to be headed toward the shoreline. When Nicole reached the sand, she started running. She was in good shape, but running on the beach was completely different from a morning jog around the neighborhood. Her shoes sank into the soft surface, making it impossible to gain momentum. Meanwhile, sand leaked into her shoes, chafing her sockless feet.
The beach near the waterline was dark, and Mary Ellen was no longer in sight. Nicole looked desperately around, trying to figure out which way the girl had gone. All at once she stumbled over something lying in her path. As she hit the sand, the figure she’d tripped over slowly sat up, like a zombie in a horror film.
About the Author
Nancy Boyarsky is the bestselling author of the award-winning Nicole Graves Mysteries.
Before turning to mysteries, Nancy coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as articles for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall’s. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO.
Liar Liar is the third Nicole Graves novel, following The Swap and The Bequest, each of which can be read as a stand alone. Readers are invited to connect with Nancy through her website at nancyboyarsky.com.