Book Review: Telling Lies by: Cathi Stoler

Rating: 3.5/5 

Publisher: Camel Press

Publish Date: April 11, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: How many lies does it take to get away with murder? Magazine Editor Laurel Imperiole is vacationing in Florence, Italy, with Aaron Gerrard, Chief of Detectives of New York City's 13th Precinct Identity Theft Squad. A chance encounter brings Laurel to a startling realization: she's just bumped into a dead man: Jeff Sargasso, an art dealer and husband of a close friend who supposedly died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. When he vanished, Sargasso had been brokering the sale of a priceless masterpiece that was lost during World War II to CEO Alfred Hammersmith and billionaire Miayamu Moto. Hammersmith perished along with Sargasso on 9/11, and it is believed that the access codes to the $15 million deposit--ten percent of the asking price--died with them. Could Sargasso have faked his own death to steal the money? The painting's whereabouts are unknown. Laurel enlists the help of private detective Helen McCorkendale, and together they follow the threads that lead from Florence, Italy, to New York. On the way, the women tangle with Israeli Mossad agent Lior Stern and several stop-at-nothing collectors. All are determined to have the painting for themselves. Ignoring Aaron's advice, Laurel puts their volatile relationship in jeopardy. As Helen and Laurel search for Sargasso, the painting and the money, they find themselves enmeshed in a sinister skein of lies that could end in death. 

Review: Telling Lies is a slick thriller which takes us into the high stakes world of art thieves, false deaths, schemes, scams, lies, and murder. The action shoots off when Laurel bumps into a man she thought was long dead. From there it's flying across the world chasing a ghost, running from killers, and solving a decades old mystery. A fun adventure that kept me captivated and I learned a lot about art, also. 


  1. Star, thanks for your thoughts on "Telling Lies." I'm glad it had you tearing through the pages and as a side benefit increased your knowledge of the inner workings of the art world. It's always an added plus when you read a book and get to learn something new, right?

  2. Wow this sounds very interesting. I love thrillers that have tearing through the pages.


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