Maggie MacGowen

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 25 ratings

Telling Lies Publisher's Summary

When Maggie MacGowen was a girl, her sister, Emily, lived the life of a leftist radical on the run from the FBI. Twenty-two years after the FBI finally caught her, Emily lives in Los Angeles, a doctor at a free clinic that tends to the city’s down and out. When one of her old radical buddies comes out of hiding and surrenders to the police, their long-ago crimes become front-page news. Emily calls Maggie, now a documentary filmmaker, and asks her to come visit. By the time Maggie arrives in Los Angeles, Emily is nearly dead.

The bullet, delivered point blank in broad daylight, sent Emily into a coma. It seems a random act of violence, but Maggie digs deeper. She finds dark secrets in her sister’s past, and a conspiracy that won’t end until all those who ask questions are silenced.

©1992 Wendy Hornsby. Recorded by arrangement with Mysterious Press.com, LLC. (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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  • Book 1

    • Telling Lies

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    When Maggie MacGowen was a girl, her sister, Emily, lived the life of a leftist radical on the run from the FBI. Twenty-two years after the FBI finally caught her, Emily lives in Los Angeles, a doctor at a free clinic that tends to the city’s down and out. When one of her old radical buddies comes out of hiding and surrenders to the police, their long-ago crimes become front-page news. Emily calls Maggie, now a documentary filmmaker, and asks her to come visit. By the time Maggie arrives in Los Angeles, Emily is nearly dead.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You had to be there; she wasn't

    • By John on 05-21-16

    Regular price: $13.21

  • Book 2

    • Midnight Baby

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery , Book 2
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    In Los Angeles making a documentary about upscale daycares, Maggie MacGowen visits MacArthur Park to get complementary footage of the pubescent prostitutes that populate its dark corners. There she meets Pisces, a fourteen year-old hooker with manners that don't match her profession. As they bond over a plate of pastrami, Maggie talks her into spending the night in a shelter. But Pisces comes with baggage: A nine year-old hoodlum named Sly.

    Regular price: $13.21

  • Book 3

    • Bad Intent

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    After decades making progressive documentary films, Maggie MacGowen did not expect to fall in love with a Los Angeles cop. But Mike Trent, whom she met while investigating her sister’s shooting, is no LAPD stereotype. Tall, with salt-and-pepper hair and a craggy Bogart face, he inspires her to uproot herself and her daughter from San Francisco and move down to L.A. It takes only a week for their new life to collapse.

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Bad Intent

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    After making progressive documentary films for decades, Maggie MacGowen did not expect to fall in love with a Los Angeles cop. But Mike Trent, whom she met while investigating her sister’s shooting, is no Los Angeles Police Department stereotype. Tall, with salt-and-pepper hair and a craggy Bogart face, he inspires her to uproot herself and her daughter from San Francisco and move down to L.A. It takes only a week for their new life to collapse.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • 77th Street Requiem

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery (Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classics)
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    In 1974, Roy Frady was a perfect cop. Now he's perfect fodder for one of Maggie MacGowen's documentaries. Frady worked narcotics in the 77th Street Precinct as part of a unit nicknamed the Four Whoresmen, a bunch of hard-drinking, womanizing cops that included Maggie's current lover, homicide Detective Mike Flint. They were successful at shutting down the drug trade in their district until a series of brutality charges brought about their downfall.

    Regular price: $13.21

  • Book 5

    • A Hard Light

    • A Maggie MacGowen Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Wendy Hornsby
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Filmmaker and amateur sleuth Maggie MacGowen is approached by a beautiful Vietnamese expatriate to find a scholar who escaped from Vietnam after the war, and abruptly disappeared. Maggie takes the case. Her only link with the Vietnamese community is her ex-husband, who conducted business in Vietnam. Now the web of intrigues, lies, and betrayals is about to trap everyone it touches, Maggie, her ex-husband, and even her daughter.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Narration

    • By Lesley on 10-18-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    In the Guise of Mercy audiobook cover art
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