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  • Almost 4 stars

    Pretty good plot but the dialogue is somewhat contrived. Some editing misses as well in using the wrong names. A little more polish and fluidity would make this a more enjoyable read.

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  • Brilliant

    To say that I was excited when I heard that Marion was releasing the third book in the Detective Clare MacKay series this year, was a massive understatement! Having only just released book 2 In Plain Sight in February, it was like all of my Christmases had come at once. If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know just how much I love this outstanding series. It was great to be transported back to St Andrews and into Clare’s world, where the reader is taken along for another wild ride. Clare definitely has her hands full in this latest instalment but there is no one better than her to take it all on board. With it’s strong storyline and thrilling plot twists, Lies to Tell is a brilliant addition to this series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I will always say that I don’t recommend you reading this without having read the other two books. This is not because you won’t be able to follow along, but is because you will be missing out on another two fantastic reads. Trust me on this! Over the last three books, Marion has nurtured Clare into someone of real substance and she has become one of my all time favourite female lead characters. Although not without flaws, this just adds to her appeal and she really is someone that you can relate to. I really enjoyed how Marion showed us more from her personal life this time around, which enhanced the story even more and does leave the book on quite a cliffhanger and a conundrum for Clare. I know which direction I would like this to go in… The recurring secondary characters of Chris, Sara and Diane are once again such assets to this series and really do work well with Clare. I love the working relationship between Clare and Chris and the banter they share which makes for some lighthearted moments. This instalment also sees the return of DCI Al Gibson who we were introduced to in book one, as he enlists Clare to be part of a secret mission. More mellower this time around, I really enjoyed this change in his character which made him more of a pleasure to read. I love Marion’s style and how she is able to make me forget everything whilst reading her work. Her writing is so engaging, she makes you feel you are part of the story. Her extremely well researched plots, great characterisation and how she injects each story with the right amount of tension, suspense with thrilling twists and turns, always makes for edge of your seat exciting reads and I can’t get enough! I am so excited that it has been announced that there will be a further three books in this series and I can’t wait to see what direction Marion will take it in next. Marion really does put her heart and soul into these books which makes it one the best crime thriller series out there and is also what makes her such an amazing talent! I am so thrilled to have been introduced to her work and I will always be the first in line to read the latest release while applauding her from afar. Once again it was my absolute pleasure to read and review another brilliant instalment in this outstanding series and it is one that I can’t recommend highly enough. Thank you to NetGalley, Canelo and Marion Todd for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Lies To Tell which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • A Magnificent Series

    Lies to Tell is the third novel to feature DI Clare Mackay, set in St Andrews, following on from 'See Them Run', the first book in series, and the second, 'In Plain Sight'. I have to say I was completely and thoroughly hooked right from the start. I think Lies to Tell would be fine as a standalone, but I recommend reading the first ones in the series as you'd be missing out if you didn't! DI Clare Mackay moved from Glasgow to join the St Andrews police force, after a shooting incident in Glasgow left her with emotional and professional problems. She left behind her home and her job to take up the post in the small seaside town. In this story, Clare is whisked to a secret building by her DCI, Alistair Gibson, with whom she has a bit of a rocky past. At the previously unknown bunker, Clare is confronted by a woman, Gayle Crichton, who reveals she is an ethical hacker and has been assigned the task of tracking a leak within Police Scotland. Struggling to keep this knowledge secret from her team while handling security for a vulnerable witness, a murder and a missing person enquiry makes Clare’s life stressful, especially as she can trust no one. I thoroughly enjoyed Lies to Tell, an extremely engrossing read which is composed of multiple threads and several great twists. The narrative resolutely remains with Clare's point of view. I fell right into this well-crafted and absorbing tale and I felt as though I was shadowing her as she worked at chasing her leads and following her instincts. Marion Todd's writing-style was impressive and noteworthy, gradually building up the tension, as I tried to second-guess along the way until the big reveal. I loved the author's portrayal of Clare and I was extremely taken with this character's toughness, dedication and tenacity, as well as looking forward to reading about her in future instalments of this series. With its polished pacing and plotting, I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable, original and difficult to put down novel from Marion Todd. She is a gifted storyteller who can provide readers with thrills, sophistication and a story packed with substance. A very highly recommended five star read and an exciting story that will be of interest to many readers. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Canelo via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Thrilling change of pace in a great series

    Lies to Tell is the third book in the DI Clare Mackay series by author Marion Todd. After only two books, one already knows the main question when opening a new DI Mackay story is how unlucky she’ll get at the DCI lottery this time around. The new DCI is actually a returning Alistair Gibson from the first book, which is actually a step up. DCI Gibson has been humbled, personally and professionally, and makes for quite interesting character development. The first two books were solid police procedurals, and one might start reading the third one expecting the same. However, the series changes in tone as Lies to Tell rather starts in a thriller mood. DCI Gibson summons Clare Mackay to a meeting at a secret facility in which they’re sworn to secrecy, and informed there is a mole in Scotland Police, leaking information to criminals. An ethical hacker, Gayle Crichton, is going to take residence in DI Mackay’s station in order to try and flush them. Moles and computer whizz. This is very « 24 ». This thriller tone is reinforced when DCI Gibson and DI Mackay are involved in moving and protecting a threatened witness, who has to testify in a major arms dealing case DCI Gibson has been working, and whose location has, coincidentally, been leaked to the perp’s accomplices. In the middle of all this unusual hectic activity, a body drops. A student whose disappearance had been reported to the station shortly before. The classic police procedural steps make a comeback, still intertwined with the tension, and the atmosphere of suspicion, brought by the other plot points. It’s nice to see a series throwing its characters into new uncharted territory so soon after debuting, and it bodes well for the future, as the plot points are all engaging and brought to very satisfying conclusions. Marion Todd keeps up on our toes, this time around. When you think you have guessed something, unexpected plot twists, at unexpected times, flip over the tables, sending the story in a new direction. In spite of all these happenings, there is still time to keep up with the lives of the main and supporting cast, in an always appreciated classic British (Scottish) police drama fashion. Lies to Tell is another great entry in this series and, with three great books as a start, I can’t wait to see what will come next. Thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.

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  • Canny DI Clare to the rescue again😮🤗

    Strong female protagonist: who can she trust?🤗🤗 My third read of a Marion Todd crime thriller and, once again, she had me in the palm of her hand. St. Andrews Detective Inspector Clare MacKay is one of my favorite female police detectives; she's so real. Yes, she is excellent at her job and very supportive of her team, but she does have a life after-hours with her unkempt garden, lovely little cottage, a dog she adores, some romantic quandaries, and a sister and nephew in need of her support. The character complement, police, victims, suspects, friends and family alike, is kept at a level that's manageable for me; I so dislike a story with so many characters to keep track of that I feel I need to take notes! But I also like the realism of multiple subplots and cases that Clare and her crew investigate simultaneously in a day's work. The Scottish setting first attracts me to her stories and then the plot and characters keep me hooked. The climax was a nail-biter thrill and, for me at least, a twist that I really did not see coming. I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks to publisher Canelo and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review and the opinions expressed are solely my own.

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