Tribute Books Tour&Review: Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler

Posted 22 September, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title:Telling Lies
Author:Cathi Stoler
Publisher:Camel Press
Release Date:April 2011
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Rating:4 Books

About the Book:
How many lies does it take to get away with murder?

When a chance encounter in Florence’s Uffizi Museum plunges Women Now editor Laurel Imperiole and private investigator Helen McCorkendale into an investigation of missing persons and stolen Nazi art, the women find themselves ensnared in a deadly maze of greed and deceit.

Could the man Laurel bumped into have been Jeff Sargasso, an art dealer and friend who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11? Was it possible he was still alive and had disappeared without a trace?

Laurel, who was vacationing in Italy with her boyfriend, Aaron Gerrad, a New York City detective, is thoroughly shaken by the experience of seemingly meeting a dead man. Sargasso was supposedly killed that day during a meeting regarding the sale of a 150 million dollar painting between a Japanese billionaire and a Wall Street tycoon. Determined to get to the bottom of things, she and Helen investigate in Italy and in New York.

As she delves deeper, Laurel leaves the truth behind, telling lies to Aaron about her actions and the liaison she’s formed with Lior Stern, an Israeli Mossad agent with an agenda of his own. One lie leads to another, entangling everyone and everything the women encounter, including murder and the painting at the heart of the affair.

Searching for answers, Laurel and Helen thread their way through a sinister skein of lies that take them on a whirlwind journey that could end in death.

About the Author:
Cathi Stoler was an award-winning advertising copywriter. Telling Lies is her first mystery/suspense novel. Other novels in this series will include Keeping Secrets, which delves into the subject of hidden identity, and, The Hard Way, a story about the international diamond smuggling. She has also written several short stories including Fatal Flaw, which was published online this April at Beat To A Pulp and Out of Luck, which will be included in the upcoming New York Sisters in Crime anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices. In addition to Sisters in Crime, Cathi is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Women of Mystery.

My Review:
Where are these authors hiding at? Wow! Another great novel by another great new-to-me author! I really enjoyed reading this novel. I didn’t know what to expect with this book, but let me tell ya that I am quite pleased with the result of reading this book. TALENT! Pure talent!

Mixed with mystery, intriguing characters and whopper of an ending, this novel of lies, and 9/11 and death was absolutely gripping! I don’t like to give spoilers and this is one that I would definitely do that on if I go to deep. So, I’ll just give a little tease.  Laurel is haunted by the fact that someone she sees should actually be dead. Long dead. YEARS worth of dead. He was supposed to have been killed in the Twin Towers crash on 9/11, when he was in an art sale meeting. So why then does she see him again…….in another country? And, to make matters worse, the lies start rolling off her lips to her boyfriend. She can’t seem to stop them. THAT’S where the twists begin, and the action takes the readers on a whirl wind of a ride. Ups, downs, ins, outs, and loops that will throw the reader into the heart of the story.

This is a novel that I highly recommend with 4 Books and two thumbs up. From start to finish, you’ll be swept away into the lies, the depth, the intensity of the story as you race to solve the mystery with Laurel. If you are a fan of suspenseful, mysterious and absolutely gripping novels, then you won’t want to miss out on Ms. Stoler’s work. I for one am looking forward to going back and reading her previous work as well as adding her future releases to my wish list! Awesome job, Ms. Stoler!

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