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Friday, December 17, 2010

Liar, Liar by J.L. McCale



Liar, Liar by J.L. McCale
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemp, Mystery/suspense
Pages: Full Length (221 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Magnolia

Murder is such a nasty thing. The police don't believe a murder occurred but Mia knows. Now she has returned to the home where mysterious footsteps echo through the halls, children that can't exist cry, and the place where her husband fell to his death. No one knows why he died or why someone has returned to the house during Mia's final visit. Perhaps she can learn the truth with the help of a detective with a personal interest.

J.L. McCale has done it again. Liar, Liar is a wonderful tale of suspense, mystery, murder, and love. This story reaches out and grabs the reader from the first page and there is no way to put it down until you've read every word. Entwining an intriguing murder mystery with a paranormal subplot is a genius twist in this story, and is done so smoothly it will take your breath away. While danger lurks at every corner and no one is to be trusted, Ms. McCale has managed to make the good guys suspect and the bad guys displaying acts of chivalry in unexpected ways. What makes this book worth reading, in addition to the fabulous story line, is the quality of writing.

Sadly there were two things that bothered me with the book that are outside the author's control. The editing errors were frustrating for me to see in such a wonderful story. As a reviewer, I see those things and wonder why an editor would allow mistakes to distract from an otherwise marvelous story by an author who continues to enthrall her readers. I also wasn't crazy about the rather generic cover – it simply does not do justice to this fantasic story. A cover should intrigue the potential reader, entice them to pick up a book and make them want to know more. This cover fails in that area.

However, I did not let those things detract from a story that kept me up late in order to finish it. Ms. McCale is by far one of the best writers I've read and the consistency in her work and level of professionalism is what makes me continue to read her books, whether to review them or simply for the sheer pleasure in enjoying her stories.

2 comments:

Jennifer Cloud said...

Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Sounds wonderful, Jennifer! Great review.