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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Book Review: Three Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5) by Lisa Gardner

Three Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5)
by Lisa Gardner

January 5th 2016 by Dutton
52 pages
Boston Detective D.D. Warren faces her most brutal adversaries yet—a class of jaded thriller writers—in New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner’s exclusive e-Book short story

In Lisa Gardner's second short story, after the New York Times bestsellerThe 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.

With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.

This story is the reason I am a Lisa Gardner fan. Out of the box thinking, Lisa mixes reality, humor and suspense with a whole lot of excellent sentence structure and "can't put it down" storytelling! A detective D.D. Warren short.

This was a perfect short story in my opinion (except maybe for the ending). It grabbed your attention from the beginning and kept it until the last sentence. It made sense and flowed well even being an out of the normal crime plot. She makes characters come alive and drags your thoughts around with ease.

Think you are a crime guru? Love a good mystery story? I highly recommend this to those who want a quick challenge and to learn a little something new. If you are a fan of the detective D.D. Warren stories you will love this little excerpt about a piece of her time giving a lecture to crime and mystery writers. How appropriate for Lisa to use that venue. Pick this up...very worth it!

I give this 4.75 "what the he--!" Sheep

Jeanie G

About the Author:
Lisa Gardner, a #1 New York Times crime thriller novelist, began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, her work as a research analyst for an international consulting firm parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of internationally bestselling suspense novels, including her most recent release, Find Her.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual “Kill a Friend, Maim a Buddy” Sweepstakes at, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa’s latest novel. Every year, one Lucky Stiff is selected for Literary Immortality. It’s cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides.

Lisa lives in New Hampshire with her auto-racing husband and black-diamond skiing daughter. She spends her days writing in her loft with a gentle old sheltie and a wonderfully silly puppy.


  1. Thanks for the enthusiastic recommendation - I will keep this in mind!

  2. Nice review Jeanie, but I am not a fan of this genre, without anything paranormal in it.

  3. I understand and it's difficult to mix genres but I am such a fan of good writing and storytellers that I take breaks when starting to feel stale on one kind of read. Too many books, too little time!