Saturday, 9 January 2016

Review: 3 Truths and a Lie by Lisa Gardner

3 Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5) by Lisa Gardner
Publisher: Dutton
Publication date: January 5th 2016
My rating: 4 stars 
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Boston Detective D.D. Warren faces her most brutal adversaries yet—a class of jaded thriller writers—in New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner’s exclusive e-Book short story

In Lisa Gardner's second short story, after the New York Times bestseller The 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.

With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.

My Thoughts:
Detective D.D. Warren and her husband, Alex, are taking a “vacation” in Wisconsin as featured guest speakers at the Writers’ Police Academy.  As a bonus they get to hobnob with popular thriller writers, and attend the other work-shops for free.  D.D.’s a little nervous; really a day in the life of a homicide detective is not nearly as exciting as the fictional mysteries they write. D.D. decides to regale them with one of the most bizarre mysteries of her career involving “seedy motel, a hooker, and a dismembered leg”.  With that lead in she has her class (and me) riveted to the pages as she goes through the crime and uncovers the murderer. 

3 Truths and a Lie was a fast, fun, Forensic Files type of mystery.   Real life authors Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reiches, and Joe Finder make an “appearance” with Joe showing off his knowledge of Locard’s principal.  D.D. managed to keep her audience on the edge of their seats until the last reveal.  

I revel in every scene where Alex and D.D. are featured.  I was a huge fan of their romance even though their relationship has usually taken a back seat to the mystery of the stories. There was a short exchange, but it was nice to see them still solid together as a married couple.  They went through some rough times in the last book, Fear Nothing, because of D.D.’s injury.

You don’t need to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this short story.  The audio copy is FREE on Audible right now! I listened to it after reading the e-copy because I adore the narrator, Kirsten Potter, and because this short story was that good.  Both e-copy and audio version includes the first 2 chapters of Lisa Gardner’s next mystery featuring D.D. Warren, Find Her.  I’ll be reading that soon!



  1. Awesome review Rachel. <3 Yay for enjoying this short story :D Fast and fun sounds awesome. Not my type of book, but I'm curious about it :) Sounds sweet. Thank you for sharing about it. <3

  2. Oh perfect! Thanks for the heads up on this book being free right now. You know I'm always looking forward to reading a good mystery, and based on your review, this is just perfect! Thanks, Rachel!

  3. Great review!! I like when I can read a book and not need to read the prior. Thanks so much for sharing!!! Have a great day.

  4. Sounds like a good short story - I like that real life authors make an appearance. hah


  5. Sounds like a fun read - and God knows fun reads are always welcome, especially when they're also short and sweet. I like forensic-type stories, especially when they're well researched. Lovely review, Rachel :)

  6. I've had this author on my radar ever since reading your review of her previous works so I'm glad to see that her more recent titles are just as good. I've been craving a good mystery to sink my teeth into so I'll definitely have to pick up a copy of one of Gardner's books soon. Lovely review, Rachel!

  7. I applaud you for sticking with the series- #7.5 is like wow! I've heard of the author before, but never read any of their works. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Rachel. Nice review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  8. I love Kirsten Potter! Thanks for the info about this story, Rachel!


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