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4.0 out of 5 starsFun easy read
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2018
I like the fact that I can quickly get through each book. They are light, fun and a nice way to relax. Although, I sometimes wonder how the main character can so consistently make decisions that put her in more danger.
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended to fans of women sleuth reads
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2018
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.
4.0 out of 5 starsfemale P.I. with plenty of courage
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018
I tend to really enjoy spunky female investigators, so this book was a plus for me to begin with. But I liked Nicole for her courage, her sense of right and wrong and her common sense too. This is an easy read about a lady, soon to be an investigator, who is assigned to baby-sit or look after a young lady ready to testify that she was raped by none other than the star football quarterback. If this sounds like all other storylines, it most certainly is not. It’s a page turner with good dialogue, constant movement and yet a good flow. Nancy Boyarsky has added all of the elements of a good mystery. There’s fear, a little emotion and some of the aspects of life many of us go through who desire a career and a marriage. While this is an easy-to-read mystery, it could definitely cause some conversation around the table about how one person’s life affects that of another.
I have mentioned that I thought this book flowed well while reading it, it was written as clear as a bell. Never one time did I have to turn back wondering “who is this person” or “where did he come from” in the story. It isn’t just the action, it’s this type of writing that makes a book a page turner. Her characters were well-defined, the good ones as well as the bad. There was one more reason this was such an extremely enjoyable read. One that does not seem to happen too often for me. This book was well-edited. Maybe I have just described what made it flow so well.
4.0 out of 5 starsA Great Mystery, with a Great Protagonist
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
Liar Liar by Nancy Boyarsky, is the first book in the Nicole Graves Mystery series that I have read. I would probably recommend that readers start at the beginning of this series and I know that I will go back and read the first two. In this book, Nicole Graves finds herself in a predicament once again. She is continuing to get in hours working as a PI, when her co-worker calls out sick. Nicole is 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 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 as truthful as others think. Will this young football player have his future derailed by this young girl? Is he telling the truth? Who else is lying in this mess? When Nicole decides to do some investigating on her own, she puts her relationship on the line. How far will she go to find the truth?
I was not sure what to expect when I started this book, but it was an excellent mystery. I was fully invested in this story, having a hard time stopping it when I had things to do. I really like the character of Nicole. She is smart and persistent and I really like her desire to seek justice and the truth. While the subject matter of a rape trial can be off putting, this book has no graphic descriptions of the crime. This is not a cozy mystery, but it has the same clean feel to it. There is a gripping storyline that had me thinking of various scenarios and the twist near the end was a good one. The red herrings along the way were there, but not obvious until you looked back on the story. A great mystery story that I would recommend to any mystery lover. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jane Oppenheimer was well done and I enjoyed listening to this one.