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Tell Me No Lies–an excellent mystery

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Tell Me No Lies

by Lynn Chandler Willis

tell-me-no-liesTell Me No Lies
is an outstanding mystery. While marketed as the first book in the Ava Logan Mystery Series, it reads as a standalone. If the author Lynn Chandler Willis has more adventures in mind for the main character Ava, I am excited at the prospect.

A woman is brutally murdered as Ava Logan, a widowed mother of two, babysits her adorable toddler, Ivy. Who would murder this beautiful, young artist and why? Representing law enforcement, handsome Sheriff Grayson Ridge, and Ava, small town newspaper publisher, pursue their independent and joint investigations into these questions.

With a very effective gossip machine, many in Jackson Creek, North Carolina, wonder why the small town even needs a newspaper. The mystery plays out with continuing danger, various potential suspects, a heated sheriff election, Ginseng poaching, speculation of abuse, and romantic intrigue.

Tell Me No Lies is a hard book to put down.  It will keep you engaged until the very end–an ending you won’t expect.  Willis has won several awards for previous books. I anticipate this one will add to her accolades.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery, Thriller

Notes:  Can I give this one a 6/5? It’s just a really splendid mystery!

Publication:  February 7, 2017 — Henery Press

Memorable Lines:

Rain splattered against the windshield then, like magic, disappeared with the hypnotizing swipe of the wipers. I wished life was that simple. Whenever you felt the sting of a broken heart, the crush of a disappointment, or the torment of a bad decision, you could just flip a lever and a giant mechanical arm would wipe it all away.  It was a nice thought but, like the rain, there would always be more to come.

[Describing Ava’s office manager]  Ever the social butterfly with a manicured nail on the pulse of the town…

For so many years, we had walked around carrying words we wanted to say but never did. We raised silent questions, hoping to never really know the answers.


  1. I am halfway through this book and it grab from the first page. It is excellent.

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  2. lghiggins says:

    I agree. I like most of the books I choose to read, but this one stands out!


  3. This sounds like a mystery I will enjoy. Thanks for the post and the introduction to this writer.

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  4. Ms Willis has another book out.


  5. WINK OF AN EYE by Lynn Chandler Willis. I downloaded it from Amazon today. It different story than this one.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I’m anticipating your review–when the book comes up in your queue. This book is so good that I would definitely be interested in buying Wink of an Eye if it is of the same quality.

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      • I am looking forward to reading it. Not sure when I will get to it as I have a number of unread ARC for early March. The book won a major reward and a number of five stars for it. Nothing lower. That’s one of my criteria for selecting a book, another is the number books written for the series. One that more than three indicate to that many people like the series. Any way it high on list. Suddenly I got myself a number of new books to read. I have books to read that I brought to read and have forgotten about them.

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      • lghiggins says:

        You will have a busy February.

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      • Yes I could be busy later. I need to read a lot of books for March and April.

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