Fatal Lies

"Lies" Mystery Thriller Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Greg Hernandez
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Daisy Leduc was forgotten and alone. That was just how she wanted it. But when she is discovered stabbed to death in a dusty little Texas town, it plunges Del Honeycutt and best-selling mystery author Sabrina Spencer into a 30-year-old mystery involving murder, hidden identities, dangerous family secrets, political intrigue, and a long-forgotten serial killer.

Daisy’s estranged daughter, who hasn't seen her mother in years, receives a package sent shortly before her mother's death. A note instructs her to immediately contact Sabrina and give her the package if Daisy is killed. But why Sabrina? The temptation to uncover the answer leads Del and Sabrina on a dangerous quest to find Daisy's killer. When they discover Daisy, under a different name, supposedly died 30 years earlier, they find themselves squarely in the cross hairs of killers whose deadly secrets lie in Daisy's mysterious past.

By the author of the Amazon best-seller Wisdom Spring.

©2016 Andrew Cunningham (P)2018 Andrew Cunningham

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Another twisty mystery

Del and Sabrina are living together in his father's house and writing a book about their adventures in solving the 85 year old mystery in Book 1 All Lies. They are once again drawn into an old mystery when an inmate Sabrina knew in prison left her a key to a safe deposit box. This has them flying back and forth from Massachusetts to Wisconsin to Texas and back east. All the while they are being followed and shot at. This books has lots of action and another complicated mystery with lots of twist. I love Mr Cunningham's characters. They seem so alive. Sabrina is a strong woman and Del worships her. You can feel his love for her. The bad guys are great too. They sure had me confused. Again there is some of the author's signature humor. I look forward to listening to the rest of this series.

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Excellent

Once again we have Del and Sabrina thrown into a 30 year old murder, add political intrigue , the tension and adventure, runs thru the plot, and the author ties it together at the end, The narration is perfect for the authors books, and I enjoyed listening to him. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Another good read from this author

Fatal Lies. I would describe this as a "cozy mystery " despite a very friendly style a sort of tv murder mystery. The body count that follows Sabrina and Del is large. Written as great entertainment it achieves that. Be warned Time passes quickly when listening to this audiobook. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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I liked it better than Book 1

Note: This is book 2 in the series but works fine as a stand alone. I liked this better than Book 1. I can see how the author’s skill has grown a bit. The plot was certainly interesting. I really enjoyed the mystery of Daisy Leduc who once upon a time went by a different name. As Sabrina and Del dig into Daisy’s murder they uncover a series of unsolved murders from 30 years ago. That had me hooked. The tale does have a lot of lucky breaks in the case. They are written a little clunky, and with there being so many lucky breaks and so little investigation, the story sometimes felt forced. Definitely room for more polishing. Sabrina’s reaction to fans of her mystery novels was interesting. She appreciated real fans who had read and enjoyed her works. She felt that potentially future fans who approached her for an autograph were not fans at all. I can see her point and it made me think about my own interactions with authors (although those have all happened at book events). Anyhoo, our hero duo stumble from one lucky break to another, one confession to another to break this case. I did like how things turned out. Sabrina has more power in this book, more say-so in the plot. So that made the team (Sabrina and Del) more balanced. 3.5/5 stars. The Narration: Greg Hernandez has a solid voice for Del (who is the character we experience everything through). However, he didn’t have a wide range of character voices. His female voices were non-existent. I had to pay close attention to which character was talking or doing something in order to keep up with the story. The pacing was good. There were no technical issues with the recording. 3.5/5 stars. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Greg Hernandez. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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LOVE THE SUSPENSE

FATAL LIES is the second book in the Lies series. Though each mystery will stand on its own, the series is a continuing relationship between Sabrina and Del. I strongly recommend reading the series in the order of release. Sabrina spent six years in prison for a murder she did not commit. Of course, we readers are curious about that time spent there. Most authors would gloss over that as the past and isn’t she so happy and well-adjusted now. Instead, Andrew Cunningham has brought out the spiders and the boogeymen. No, this book isn’t really about Sabrina’s past, but it does spend a lot of focus on her time and the women in the prison with her. Some belong there; some don’t; all are still people. I enjoyed listening to this second book in the series and delighted that I committed myself to the series. This is turning out to be a fun week of suspense and suspended reality. I was disappointed that there were no reader notes regarding historical facts for this story. I guess I was spoiled by the first book in the series. Narration: Greg Hernandez’s narration style continues to remind me of the old film noire announcers and is appropriate for the story. I don’t know if he has gotten better or I’ve become accustomed to his presentation, but I liked him better in this second book. I’m looking forward to the next few days and the next few books. Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy via Audiobookworm Promotions Adopt-an-Audiobook, my opinions are my own and are given freely. Title: FATAL LIES Series: Lies #2 Category /Genre: Mystery, Thriller Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Listenability: NSFW Received from: Andrew Cunningham (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Secrets, Lies, and Murder

This second book in Andrew Cunningham’s Lies series brings us back to Del and Sabrina, who are now firmly seated in coupledom, and what a pair they make. The dynamic between these two is one of my favorite things about this series. Sabrina is certainly the tougher of the two, and Del knows it and is completely okay with it. The story is told from Del’s perspective and is a mix of sarcasm, realism, and a bit of self-deprecation. Fatal Lies starts out with a gripping scene that puts you on the edge of your seat with a rising tension, right up to the murder. Once Del and Sabrina get involved, it’s a wild ride to the finish. This one does get a bit convoluted with the story branching this way and that. However, no matter how busy things get, Andrew Cunningham writes in a way that it’s all easy to keep straight, and he does an excellent job of bringing it all together in the end. Greg Hernandez is back for the voice of Del, and by this second book, I can’t imagine Del sounding any other way. Hernandez has the voice and tone of a storyteller, and he does an excellent job with this one. He keeps each character’s voice distinct without falling into a high-pitched falsetto, and I’m certainly thankful for that. I will say that there were a number of glitches in the audio that sounded a bit like a CD skipping, but that’s an audio quality issue and not anything to do with Hernandez’s reading. On that note, I will say that Greg Hernandez doesn’t exactly give a performance. It’s more like being read to, which is basically what it is. As I said, he voices Del quite well, and I liked sitting back and just enjoying the listen. All in all, Fatal Lies is a good addition to the series, and at this point, I’ve become invested in these characters. I can’t wait to see what new kinds of messes they can get into next.

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Layers of mystery unravel in action-packed story

Author Andrew Cunningham starts Fatal Lies with a prologue that places readers in a richly described scene. We’re introduced to a character, easily imagined, and provided her somewhat heavy back-story -- and there's good reason we’re uncomfortable: BAM! A horrible crime is committed, and we’re off to the races as a series of mysteries reveal themselves. As with the first book in this series, All Lies, in Fatal Lies, I enjoy the literary angle to the story with main character Sabrina being a famous mystery writer. Reading about her encounters with her fans (authors are rock stars, after all) is amusing, and especially appealing is that Sabrina is benevolent and shares her earnings freely for good causes. In Fatal Lies, readers get better acquainted with Sabrina as more of her past is revealed. She’s really growing on me as a smart, tough, quick-thinking woman who gets things done in a take-no-prisoners way. Main character Del, Sabrina’s boyfriend and our primary narrator, is taking a stab at writing, too, and silently corrects people’s grammar mistakes. He is smitten with Sabrina, and hearing his thoughts and feelings when he sees/smells/touches her is sweet. Sabrina clearly wears the pants in this relationship, which is a good thing since Del frequently refers to wetting his when they get in tight and deadly situations. His inner monologue is great. The author sprinkles information so that readers get a good bring-to-date about the prior book, making Fatal Lies work well as a stand-alone. While characterization is well-done (oh, the bad guys that Cunningham writes! Loathe them so!), a few things caught my ear this time that took away from the story. There are some unnecessary repeated details (lots of back to the hotel and taking showers), unnecessary F-bombs (though other profanity is scene appropriate), and some awkward sentences (“It would soon begin showing signs of dusk.”). I suspect there are some punctuation errors given how the narrator read some sentences – more on that coming – but it’s impossible to tell. Either way, some additional editing is probably in order. “We just prayed that Lubbock would make it all worth it. It wouldn’t. It was a dusty town -- maybe all towns in Texas are dusty... I had a feeling though that for my first foray into Texas, I hadn’t picked the garden spot of the state.” A bit of the story takes place in Lubbock and in “a little town in Texas called Spur. I looked it up. It’s in the middle of nowhere.” These are two places with which I am well acquainted and have a fondness for, so I am a little defensive and cry foul. However, I give the author credit for mentioning why Spur has character “of sorts” with its tiny house population and giant sculpture. The Texas characters are mostly cast as uneducated country-bumpkins, but alas, I must admit we have our share. Sabrina and Del travel beyond Texas and go all over the country to try to get pieces of what they think is one puzzle to complete. In reality, they are working several puzzles to solve some mysteries and uncover truths they don’t even know are buried. Fatal Lies yanks you back and forth: crisis, crisis averted, crisis, crisis resolved. Repeat. You’ll think you can catch your breath but then WHAM, something new comes into the picture. At times, the story gets quite convoluted, but the tangles get worked out, and readers have lots of ah-ha moments as a satisfying conclusion is reached. I’ll absolutely be reading book three, Vegas Lies. ABOUT THE NARRATION: Greg Hernandez returns to narrate this second book in the series, and he has his rhythm with these characters. He is more consistent in delivering emotion with his narration, and happily, Hernandez doesn’t attempt a Texas accent or falsetto female voices. His even pacing and delivery allowed me to listen at regular speed. My only criticism is that at times, it sounds like punctuation is being ignored and appropriate pauses aren’t taken, which creates listening run-ons. Without seeing the text of the book, I don’t know if this happens because the punctuation is missing, but it sounds unnatural. Thank you to Audiobookworm Promotions and Mr. Hernandez for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

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Mystery, mayhem and intrigue aplenty

As the second book in the series it was easy to get into the swing of things as the story picked up after Del and Sabrina's "adventures" in Brazil. Being a mystery author, it was not unrealistic to believe that Sabrina might write about that experience, but it was good to see Del having a hand in it too. This book involved looking back at Sabrina's time in prison when a fellow prisoner - Daisy - was killed, and left a package for Sabrina. Collecting the package kicked off a series of events in which Del and Sabrina were in constant danger, being followed, arrested, and ultimately lured into a mine by Daisy's killer. Running alongside that mystery was the case of the Taunting Man, a serial killer whose murderous ways seemed connected to Daisy's family. (Daisy was Lucinda Holt, whose wealthy family owned a mining enterprise, and from whom Daisy ran away as a teenager some 30 years ago, never to be reunited with them again) There were twists and turns in the story that held me rapt, even if sometimes these were a little far-fetched. The romance between Del and Sabrina developed and blossomed throughout and I learnt lots about them as people, more about Sabrina to be honest. Del, through whom the story was told, insisted he was uninteresting in his true self-deprecating style from start to finish. Greg Hernandez was once again the narrator for the audio version, and as before he delivered a fabulous story. I particularly loved Del's mini inner outbursts and the sarcasm dripped beautifully. I received the audio version of this book from the AudioBookWorm as part of a blog tout. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Fatal Lies

Fatal Lies is the second installment from the Lies Mystery Thriller series. Andrew Cunningham once again takes his readers on a thrilling ride. It was full of twists and turns that I could not have predicted would happen. Del and Sabrina team up to solve a 30 year old mystery murder. I was intrigued with this story. I was left guessing as to who did it until the end. I loved that Greg Hernandez was the narrator for the audio version of Fatal Lies. He has a great voice to add to the story. He is very talented. I am giving Fatal Lies four and a half stars. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy a great suspense filled mystery. I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Fatal Lies

Full of twists and turns,some you never quite figure out!A really good read! I look forward to more in this series. Greg Hernandez was a very good narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • 07-29-20

totally fantastic

wow what a totally fantastic thriller audiobook from the pen of Andrew Cunningham and superbly narrated by Greg Hernendez. I will definitely be listening to more xxxxx