LIE CATCHERS is a romantic suspense set in the contemporary Alaskan fishing town of Petersburg. I enjoyed this novel and its twists and turns on the way to solving the case and recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder mystery. It kept me up turning the pages way past my bedtime to finish it.
The story is filled with quirky characters and everyone involved in the case has secrets they want kept hidden, including our hero and heroine, but no secret is sacred with a murder to be solved. I loved how Ms. Anderson intertwined the old cold case (inspired by a real-life cold case from 1932) with the new murder and wove in the past issues of the townspeople, hero, and heroine to complicate the investigation. I liked the layers given to the characters in the story, even the secondary characters had depth. My favorite secondary characters were Liv’s harried policeman brother and Parker’s father.
I liked the interaction of the hero and heroine and the slow reveal of their characters, both to us and to each other. Free-lance writer Liv Hanson isn’t your typical heroine. She’s got history, issues, and a fascinating, extraordinary memory she doesn’t want anyone to know about. Parker Browne is an undercover treasure agent, burdened with grief, and a fish out of water in this small fishing community as he tries to pry the truth out of these closed-mouthed villagers to solve a money scam and the murder. I thought the chemistry of these two worked well and I would have liked the romance scenes expanded in the story, particularly at the end.
The mystery was further enriched with fascinating Norwegian and Tlingit cultural information and tidbits. Ms. Anderson’s setting description showed a love of Alaska from her own travels and made me want to visit and experience that unique landscape for myself.
Lie Catchers blurb:
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?
Petersburg, Alaska (depicted on the cover of Lie Catchers) is the setting of this suspense/romance novel, first settled by Tlingit Natives, then by Norwegians in the early 1900’s. Here are some fabulous pictures of the area that will make you want to visit this unique fishing town: Pictures of Petersburg
Exerpt from LIE CATCHERS:
Parker touched her shoulder. “May I have this dance?”
Liv twirled to find him so close to her she could smell a hint of cologne and beer on his breath. Had he shaved before he came to the bar? Smiling at the thought he might have done that for her, she gave him her right hand and rested her left hand on his shirt collar, intent on finding a way to touch his chin to answer the shaving question.
But the shave-or-not dilemma was a minor one. She’d already screwed up with one man tonight, would she make a wrong move with Parker, too?
She drew her thumb along his chin and sighed at the silky smoothness. Forget the man’s mouthful of queries and his intense gaze. Just dance.
While the singer’s lamented over loosing her mind, Liv’s body disappeared into Parker’s. Soothed, she was and aroused at the same time, stunned that Parker knew not to use words. A close shave and a close dance spoke volumes. She was the silent one, afraid to say the one word that might start an avalanche of sentences, lowering her guard, exposing too much to the wrong person at the worst time. This man who held her or who she was holding—she didn’t know which—was a detective and she was on a list of murder suspects. Even if Parker was unorthodox as an investigator, he still held the power of his profession. The reason for his offer to dance wasn’t clear, was it?
The strumming ended, emptying the room of the singer’s piercing ballad.
“Good night, Liv. And thank you for the dance.”
He kissed her on the forehead, walked out the door and closed it quietly, taking with him all the unasked questions she would never answer.
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