Posted on March 2, 2018
Reviewed By Ankita Shukla for Readers’ Favorite
What does one expect in a murder mystery? I, as a reader, look for an intriguing investigation, gripping suspense, occasional drama, deceptive characters, and a charismatic detective who has a life beyond the case that he is working on. Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally…Murder by Ginny Fite ticks all these boxes. The plot begins when Harold Munson is found dead in his car. It could have been closed as a drunken driving case if it weren’t for two bullets holes in the driver’s side window. Detective Sam Lagarde is given the case. He does not believe in speculation but his girlfriend, Beverly, has no such reservations. She has taken an interest in Harold Munson’s case and has a strong suspicion that his wife, Charlotte Rolle, is somehow involved in his murder. According to her, Harold must be having an affair, his wife would have found out about it, hence she conspired in his murder. The investigation, however, did not turn out that straightforward. Sam very quickly realizes that this case will need all his attention and time. He and his new partner, Corporal Jim Taylor, must move fast or risk this case joining a long list of cold cases.
The most amusing aspect of Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally…Murder by Ginny Fite is its diverse cast of characters. There are scientists, detectives, techies, business partners, and more. The job profiles are so varied that it’s hard not to be hooked. The author does not shy away from throwing a little bit of significant light onto each of these careers. Charlotte Rolle is a scientist who would do anything to prove her value to her father. She wants to achieve fame and will not tolerate anything or anyone being an obstacle in her path. She is career-oriented and driven, but with an ulterior motive. I joined her team since the author narrated her past. This is a very handy technique to connect readers to the characters. If I know somebody’s past, I find myself understanding them, and thus relating to them. I mentioned only Charlotte because, against my better judgment, I liked her character a lot. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She is not afraid to be judged by society. I like her feistiness.
If you read closely, you will realize that the author has made the book much more than just a murder investigation. Of course, the primary genre remains murder mystery, but there are many threads that have come together to make this a story worth your time. Sam’s fear of a lonely life without Beverly, Charlotte’s insane quest to throw her success in her father’s face, a child’s need to seek acceptance in the eyes of their parents, the effects of the generation gap, and a man’s tendency to think from his crotch are the emotional and practical parameters that enhanced my interest in this book. I am amazed by the author’s knowledge of medicine and science. Either the author has worked in these fields or has devoted an incredible amount of time researching these. I enjoyed every second of reading this book. This book is a treat for readers looking for a fast-paced and gripping murder mystery filled with several twists, emotions, and sexual dramas.