A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe, #2)
Following her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, this is Emily Littlejohn’s next mesmerizing mystery featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret.

A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe, #2) Details

TitleA Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250089410
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GenreMystery, Fiction

A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe, #2) Review

  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    Gemma has just returned from maternity leave, her daughter Grace left in the care of her partner, when a call to a private school about an intruder, leads to the discovery of a body. Gemma and her police partner Finn soon discover it is the body of a famous author, in the town incognito, only a long time friend knew he was there. This discovery will split the plot into many different threads, one including the Brothers Grimm.The setting is fabulous, a Colorado ski town, massive amounts of snow f Gemma has just returned from maternity leave, her daughter Grace left in the care of her partner, when a call to a private school about an intruder, leads to the discovery of a body. Gemma and her police partner Finn soon discover it is the body of a famous author, in the town incognito, only a long time friend knew he was there. This discovery will split the plot into many different threads, one including the Brothers Grimm.The setting is fabulous, a Colorado ski town, massive amounts of snow falling and more already on the ground. Have to say I like reading about snow much better than actually dealing with it. But the star of this series, of which this is the second, is Gemma herself. She is so easy to relate to, a new mother, missing her baby, feeling guilty, but needing to get out and do something. Trying to juggle home, family and her job, often grabbing crap food because there is little time for a proper meal. The pace is brisk, not graphic, but suspenseful enough. A few surprises, though I had an inkling who was involved in the final denoument, though not the full extent of the why. A good solid new series, with some interesting developments, which I'm sure will be further explored in future books. ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    As a cop, I tell myself that I am the hunter and death is my prey. But I'm starting to think that's a lie. The truth is, it's death that's following me. It has followed me all my life.As this is a sequel to Inherit the Bones, I'll keep it short and to the point. I don't like to rehash the basics in every book of a series, but I felt this one had many strengths, yet also a few weaknesses. I found myself torn throughout the entire read; while I was thoroughly invested in the personal goings on of As a cop, I tell myself that I am the hunter and death is my prey. But I'm starting to think that's a lie. The truth is, it's death that's following me. It has followed me all my life.As this is a sequel to Inherit the Bones, I'll keep it short and to the point. I don't like to rehash the basics in every book of a series, but I felt this one had many strengths, yet also a few weaknesses. I found myself torn throughout the entire read; while I was thoroughly invested in the personal goings on of the reoccurring characters, I found myself struggling a bit to make it through the case pertaining to this book. If I had to choose, I would much rather struggle with the bit that will only involve this book in lieu of the ongoing story, which is why I gave this an "I enjoyed this with slight hesitations" 3 stars. "You love it," Finn said. "Admit it. Not the fact that someone's dead, of course, but you love being back in the game. I saw you, watching him, watching the woods. Watching is in your blood, Gemma. It's all you know."There was some serious growth in Gemma and our other main characters in this book; I loved this! In the debut to the series I felt Littlejohn created a cast I immediately connected with; that bond only deepened during A Season to Lie as we follow Gemma along her new journey into motherhood. I found myself itching to read this book from the moment I laid down the last one because I just wanted to see how my crew was doing. I may be in the minority, but it felt like the case took a major backseat to the personal stuff, which was fine if there had been more of the personal stuff. The mystery into the murder(s) wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything groundbreaking. I figured out who the murderer was early on, which wasn't a deal breaker for me, but the entire book felt repetitive. Each chapter contained a lengthy scene where Gemma was rehashing the clues they had put together thus far, either in her head or with someone else. I do understand the importance of keeping your audience abreast of what's going on, but I found myself skipping entire chunks and not missing a thing due to this nature. Other than that, this was a solid crime novel with excellent characters and a creepy undertone that held my attention. Even though I wasn't blown away by this installment I will most definitely be reading the next book as the characters really are top notch. Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year I had the pleasure of reading Littlejohn’s debut, Inherit the Bones and absolutely fell in love with Gemma and the town of Cedar Valley. There is something tragically poetic about the authors style then you combine that with a classic murder mystery feel and you have a wonderful juxtaposition that makes for a captivating read.This picks up three months after Gemma has given birth to her daughter Grace, right as she’s about to head back to work. Her struggle to balance being a new mom a Last year I had the pleasure of reading Littlejohn’s debut, Inherit the Bones and absolutely fell in love with Gemma and the town of Cedar Valley. There is something tragically poetic about the authors style then you combine that with a classic murder mystery feel and you have a wonderful juxtaposition that makes for a captivating read.This picks up three months after Gemma has given birth to her daughter Grace, right as she’s about to head back to work. Her struggle to balance being a new mom and maintain a healthy separation between work and home is so very relatable and her and Brody’s relationship is far from perfect, especially as they adjust to parenthood. Naturally there is a murder the same day Gemma returns, there is no easing back into the job as she had hoped. Besides the murder investigation Gemma stumbles upon a horrific bully at the high school where the murder was committed. The tyrant goes by Grimm as in the brothers Grimm and doles out punishments based on fairy tales. Plenty going on here and the subplots added intrigue to an already interesting storyline.This would be perfect to curl up with during the colder months, it’s the dead of winter in Cedar Valley and the setting is so well crafted that it’s practically a character of its own. A murder set against a series of blizzards makes a chilling combination and while it wasn’t twisty in the truest sense of the word, it still kept me on my toes and eager to follow Gemma in the future.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    A Season to Lie is the sequel to Emily Littlejohn's compelling debut novel, Inherit the Bones. The story opens when Detective Gemma Moore returns from maternity leave, trying to ease back into the job on a part-time basis. On her first night, she and her partner Finn are assigned to investigate a prowler reported at the Valley Academy, a prestigious private school. Instead they discover the stabbed body of a world-famous author who had been masquerading as a visiting professor at the school. In A Season to Lie is the sequel to Emily Littlejohn's compelling debut novel, Inherit the Bones. The story opens when Detective Gemma Moore returns from maternity leave, trying to ease back into the job on a part-time basis. On her first night, she and her partner Finn are assigned to investigate a prowler reported at the Valley Academy, a prestigious private school. Instead they discover the stabbed body of a world-famous author who had been masquerading as a visiting professor at the school. In the victim's mouth they find a cryptic note, "This is only the beginning."Suspects abound. Teachers, staff, and students are caught in lies. There are reports of a mysterious "Rabbit Man" lurking in the forest surrounding the school. A faceless bully known as Grimm has been terrorizing the students, and everyone wonders if Grimm could be the murderer—or maybe even the victim. And then there's a second murder.Alistair Campbell, a shady developer who recently came to town with a crew of ex-convicts, begins stalking Gemma's family. Alistair tempts Brody, the father of Gemma's baby daughter, with a lucrative offer to go on the road with him and forsake his promise to be a stay-at-home dad while writing a grant-funded geology textbook.Although Brody and Gemma are living together and raising their daughter as a family unit, Gemma still can't bring herself to tie the knot. She harbors unresolved feelings of betrayal from an affair Brody had with a co-worker, even though he has assured her it is over for good. In the last book, Gemma resented being paired with Detective Finn, whom she found uncouth and a bit unethical, but in this book, their partnership is blossoming into one of mutual trust and respect, with their diverse strengths complementing each other to solve crimes. I predict romantic sparks in future installments; after all, opposites attract.A Season to Lie, full of twists and turns, will keep the reader guessing until the end. Emily Littlejohn, a California native who has made her home in Colorado, writes so beautifully about the gorgeous ski-town setting that you can see the majestic Rocky mountains, smell the snow-covered evergreens, and feel the bitter winter cold as you immerse yourself in Gemma's story.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Police officer Gemma Monroe returns from maternity leave and is immediately plunged back into the job when she finds a dead man at the local private academy. He's been left in the snow, stuck to a tree with a knife in his stomach. The man turns out to be a famous author hiding out in plain sight in Gemma's Colorado town. Even worse, that same private school is being plagued by a vicious bully who calls him or herself "Grimm." Reunited with her partner, Finn, Gemma finds herself dealing with the Police officer Gemma Monroe returns from maternity leave and is immediately plunged back into the job when she finds a dead man at the local private academy. He's been left in the snow, stuck to a tree with a knife in his stomach. The man turns out to be a famous author hiding out in plain sight in Gemma's Colorado town. Even worse, that same private school is being plagued by a vicious bully who calls him or herself "Grimm." Reunited with her partner, Finn, Gemma finds herself dealing with the murder case, the bullying incidents, and a strange construction company--made up mainly of ex-convicts--that seems to have made itself at home in her town. So much for easing herself back into the job... I very much enjoyed Emily Littlejohn's first Gemma Monroe novel, Inherit the Bones, and was really excited to see the second one come out. It's always exciting to see a realistic female detective portrayed in literature. Gemma is much the same in this second foray--practical and levelheaded. She's back to work after the birth of her daughter, Grace, with whom she was pregnant in BONES. The novel does a great job of portraying a working, breastfeeding mom and giving us a realistic look at the struggles a mom faces when juggling work and motherhood. As a mother who went back to work when her own daughters were young and faced a harried schedule, I really appreciated that about this novel.Thankfully, I did not encounter a dead body on my first day back, just a lot of meetings! Gemma, of course, takes it all in stride, as she cannot help but enjoy the thrill of the hunt. The novel gives us a lot of reflection and thoughts from Gemma. I'd call this one a bit of a slow-burner. I read it while busy and it took me nearly a week. The storyline wasn't one that had me itching to pick it up and see what happens--there's several divergent plot lines and none feel particularly urgent or overly suspenseful. A pervasive weariness almost overlays the pages--a reflection of the weather (think snow, all the time) and Gemma's general fatigue as she faces returning to work while juggling having a tiny baby at home. That's not to say the book isn't interesting, because it certainly is. Especially when the case starts to intersect with Gemma and Finn's personal lives--which isn't surprising, considering they are small town police officers/detectives. The Grimm storyline is a bit of a bizarre concept and the resolution, while a total surprise to me, was a bit anticlimactic. A few of the plot threads do tie up a little too easily, but the main case befuddled me throughout the entire novel, so kudos to Littlejohn for that. I had some suspicions, but she convinced me to cast them aside, so I'm always pleased when that happens. What I enjoyed most about this book was Gemma herself. It's probably obvious that I identify with and like her--I enjoy her steadfast character, even though she also has bouts of anxiety and uncertain times. Seeing her as both a mom and working detective was great. This being a second novel, we're gaining enough recurring characters (Gemma, Finn, Gemma's partner/quasi-husband, Brody, Gemma's grandparents, a few other townspeople) that you recognize them and their quirks. Another plotline is left a bit unresolved, leading me to hope that a third Gemma novel is in the works. Even though this wasn't the most exciting of all mysteries, I found it solid and enjoyable, much like its protagonist. I'd certainly read any Gemma Monroe novel I could get my hands on. 3.5+ stars. You can read my review of the first Gemma novel, INHERIT THE BONES, here. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; it is available everywhere as of 11/14/2017. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I am officially obsessed with the Gemma Monroe series. I was introduced to it last November when I won a copy of the first book, Inherit the Bones, through a giveaway and let me tell you: waiting a whole year for the second book to release has been torture!First and foremost, I love Gemma’s character. She’s smart, she’s bold, she doesn’t back down, and she says what she means. She’s a kick Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I am officially obsessed with the Gemma Monroe series. I was introduced to it last November when I won a copy of the first book, Inherit the Bones, through a giveaway and let me tell you: waiting a whole year for the second book to release has been torture!First and foremost, I love Gemma’s character. She’s smart, she’s bold, she doesn’t back down, and she says what she means. She’s a kickass detective and I love it. And the relationship between Gemma and her partner Finn is worth mentioning. They’ve got each other’s backs, yet they have a sibling-like tension that feels realistic and is often good for a chuckle. In general, all of the characters have very distinct and unique traits and personalities. They’re always quirky and intriguing and never boring.In addition to loving the characters, I’m also a big fan of the pacing. The murder victim is found right away in the beginning of the book, so it opens with a bang. From that point on, the reader is fed clues with each chapter. You’re kept on your toes, constantly questioning everyone’s actions, motives, comments, etc., yet it never feels overwhelming nor sluggish.I blew through A Season To Lie in two sittings, despite every effort to drag it out. My only complaint: having to wait for book three to see what the next adventure will be. I strongly recommend Littlejohn’s series for fans of mysteries, detective novels, and strong female protagonists. You could read this book as a standalone, but I think you’ll get more from the characters and plot if you have the back story from the first book, Inherit the Bones.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    A Season to Lie is the second story in the Detective Gemma Monroe series. I don’t think you need to read the first to read this one. I didn’t and got involved with the characters with ease. It starts with the murder of a famous author who was secretly in the town to write his memoirs. While investigating the murder, Gemma learns of other things happening at the private school the author was lecturing at. It started off well enough and I enjoyed how things developed. As the story unfolded, I too A Season to Lie is the second story in the Detective Gemma Monroe series. I don’t think you need to read the first to read this one. I didn’t and got involved with the characters with ease. It starts with the murder of a famous author who was secretly in the town to write his memoirs. While investigating the murder, Gemma learns of other things happening at the private school the author was lecturing at. It started off well enough and I enjoyed how things developed. As the story unfolded, I too wondered where it will all lead. But it wasn’t suspenseful enough to keep me interested till the end. When it is all resolved, I felt let down, not thrilled.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Gemma Monroe works for the Cedar Valley Colorado Police Department. Reporting for duty after her maternity leave she and her partner Finn are summoned out in a blizzard to investigate a prowler. This call is only the beginning of a twisted chain of events that unveil not only a murder but also bullying, stalkers and lies. Pretty well had this mystery solved from the beginning and just was not invested in the cast of characters. Had some subplots described and some police department per Detective Gemma Monroe works for the Cedar Valley Colorado Police Department. Reporting for duty after her maternity leave she and her partner Finn are summoned out in a blizzard to investigate a prowler. This call is only the beginning of a twisted chain of events that unveil not only a murder but also bullying, stalkers and lies. Pretty well had this mystery solved from the beginning and just was not invested in the cast of characters. Had some subplots described and some police department personnel that could have been given more depth. This worked fine as a stand-alone. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. The comments here are my honest opinion."
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  • Rachel Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars Rounded up to 4Book two in a series. This very engaging police thriller was hard to put down. I just couldn't stop reading!SYNOPSISThe night Gemma Monroe, a police officer in a small Colorado mountain community, returns to work from her maternity leave is not exactly boring. If she was hoping to ease back into work, she is in for a big disappointment. Shortly after her shift begins, she and her partner Finn are called out to check a report of a suspicious man prowling around a school. 3.5 Stars Rounded up to 4Book two in a series. This very engaging police thriller was hard to put down. I just couldn't stop reading!SYNOPSISThe night Gemma Monroe, a police officer in a small Colorado mountain community, returns to work from her maternity leave is not exactly boring. If she was hoping to ease back into work, she is in for a big disappointment. Shortly after her shift begins, she and her partner Finn are called out to check a report of a suspicious man prowling around a school. When they arrive, they quickly find a body of a dead man. Not just any man, this is a famous author, and no one knew he was in town. To add to the mystery, he was out in a blizzard with no coat and there was a strange message stuck in his mouth. As Gemma and Finn start asking questions, there turn out to be an abundance potential suspects. AND there are several other 'situations' in town that seem to be coming to a boiling point. On top of all that, Gemma and her boyfriend Brody are adjusting to parenthood and the changes in creates in their relationship. WHAT I LOVEDI loved the setting, a small Colorado mountain town in the winter. The cozy living rooms with fires in the fireplace, the expansive views and the snow storms made me miss Colorado so much! I can't wait to visit CO again. The struggle Gemma was having adjusting to motherhood felt very authentic. While she loved her baby, she was tired, found juggling the work / mom thing difficult and felt guilty for loving her work so much. She was clearly overwhelmed. The actual murder mystery was good. At one time or another, I suspected pretty much everyone except Gemma's baby. There were many interesting suspects with various motives to read about. There was a lot going on with other characters in the small town and with Gemma's personal life. The book left several loose ends, creating an opening for book three. WHAT I DIDN'T LOVEAlthough I really liked most of this book, there were a few times it felt a bit like a Lifetime Movie. When it did, it dipped to down from 4 stars to 3. One example was when Gemma and Finn were interviewing the teachers at the school and the dialogue between the teachers was pretty unrealistic and annoying. There were times when Gemma and Finn missed some pretty obvious red flags, that kind of annoyed me too. OVERALLVery readable. I will definitely go back and read the first book in the series and will read number three when it comes out.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Summary from Goodreads:"In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained Summary from Goodreads:"In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret."My Thoughts:I was really looking forward to this book after enjoying Inherit the Bones so much last year (book one in this series). It was funny because I realized while reading this book that I had forgotten some of the details from book one although nothing major. I just went back and read my thoughts on it - I gave it five stars and wrote a glowing review so yeah....I would say I enjoyed it. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book almost as much as that beginning read. It begins with Gemma returning from maternity leave back to police duty. On almost the very first day that she returns a huge snowstorm hits the area and in the midst of it Gemma and her partner get called out and find a body. I'm a huge sucker for mysteries set in the cold and especially in the midst of a snowstorm so honestly the author had me right from the beginning. It just gave the book this eerie feeling which I'm now remembering that she also had in book one. Probably another one of the reasons that I am enjoying this series so much!I really enjoy this author's way with words. There is just something about the way she describes things that I can't seem to get enough of. There is this scene at the beginning of the book where Gemma goes to this home nestled in the woods - the way that the author compares it to a cottage that you would find in a fairy tale just made it all come to life for me. It's funny because I guessed the killer early on in the book without really believing that I was right. I spent the majority of the book trying to figure out who the killer was then only coming to the end and realizing I had been right in the first place. Go figure! But at least it kept that level of tension that I prefer when I'm reading mysteries and thrillers. I read a slightly negative review on this book that left me a bit surprised but I don't believe that the reader had read both books. Ultimately, I do think that this is a series where you need to read them in order just because so much carries over from the first book to the second. I definitely felt differently and actually really enjoyed this book a lot!This series has turned into a real winner for me! Two books in and I'm definitely planning on reading the third...just as soon as it comes out that is. I still think that the first book was my favorite so far but this was a really great follow-up. It also really got me in the mood for winter with all of the talk about snowstorms and snow. I love the snow so I'm more than ready for winter to hit although I will take fall weather any day! I can easily recommend this book but do read Inherit the Bones first to get the full reading experience. Highly recommended!Bottom Line: Another great addition to this series which has become a favorite of mine!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Elvan
    January 1, 1970
    I’m still struggling to warm up to this author. Gemma is unique in the police procedural world of detectives thanks to her less than perfect marriage and now a new baby to worry about while she puts in a ten to twelve hour days hunting down killers. The murders continue to take a back seat to Gemma’s personal life. It’s not a perfect fit for this reader.
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  • Chris Conley
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in what I believe is going to be a terrific series. As I get to know everyone better, I think these will be books I will have a hard putting down. This one really has a solid mystery with many tentacles. There also are lots of unopened doors for future stories.
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  • K.C. De
    January 1, 1970
    While I have preordered this book, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy which was fantastic because delayed gratification is not my thing.I finished this book in the early hours of the morning and closed it with the same feeling you get when you get off of a roller coaster and think "I want to do that again!" The story drew my whole being into its cold, dark depths. When my reading was interrupted, it took me a while to readjust to reality.This book is an intricate marriage of thorough While I have preordered this book, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy which was fantastic because delayed gratification is not my thing.I finished this book in the early hours of the morning and closed it with the same feeling you get when you get off of a roller coaster and think "I want to do that again!" The story drew my whole being into its cold, dark depths. When my reading was interrupted, it took me a while to readjust to reality.This book is an intricate marriage of thorough character development, interesting and entertaining plot lines, and a melodic use of language that creates imagery which surrounds the reader and draws her/him in until the very end. While there were moments where a particular description made me smile, cringe, or laugh I didn't find myself destracted by the writing. That's hard to explain, but often I find myself pulled out of a story by the writing itself- Becoming aware of the writing while I'm in the story which takes me out of the story to become a third party participant- watching it rather than living it. That didn't happen in this book. The writing created and enhanced rather than distracting from the plot. This book definitely takes the crime/mystery genre up a notch from the usual offerings.I have loved the main character, Gemma, from the moment I met her in Inherit the Bones probably due to the fact that I didn't always LIKE her. She has flaws, makes decisions that sometimes make me cringe, and sometimes I want to take her out for a beer and yell at her. But this is the beauty of the author's writing- While I may be drawn into the pituresque mountain community of Cedar Valley through carefully written descriptions, I want to stay in Cedar Valley because of Gemma and Finn and Body and Bull. Gemma is drawn not as a cookie cutter, perfect character who is magically able to do everything better than any of us could, she is drawn as a human. A human I can relate to, a human that I can root for, a human that I occasionally want to throat punch, and a human whose life I am interested in. While this is the 2nd in the series and I highly recommend Inherit the Bones, A Season to Lie can easily and enjoyably be read as a stand alone novel. The author avoids overdone and condescending reminders of the protagonist's previous accomplishments. I highly recommend spending a cozy weekend with this book, give yourself plenty of time because you won't want to put it down
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    OK, I requested A Season to Lie because of the cover. The splash of the red scarf on the white snow proved irresistible, especially in a hot and humid Louisiana summer.As Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe complained about the freezing temperatures, I thought about giving her an earful about the kind of July weather that fogs your glasses when you open the door. Not really, but the cold that hampered Gemma's investigation was a pleasant imaginative escape for me.Just back from maternity leave, OK, I requested A Season to Lie because of the cover. The splash of the red scarf on the white snow proved irresistible, especially in a hot and humid Louisiana summer.As Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe complained about the freezing temperatures, I thought about giving her an earful about the kind of July weather that fogs your glasses when you open the door. Not really, but the cold that hampered Gemma's investigation was a pleasant imaginative escape for me.Just back from maternity leave, Gemma and her partner Finn are called out in blizzard conditions after an anonymous caller phones in a report of a prowler at an expensive private school. Expecting a student graffiti prank, instead they discover a murdered man with a message stuffed in his mouth.Worse yet, the man is a famous author who, under an assumed name, was functioning as a writing coach for the school as a favor to a childhood friend. There are other unpleasant undercurrents at the school, but how are they connected to the death of the author? Or are they? I enjoyed the mystery and the setting of A Season to Lie. I haven't read the first book in this new series, but I will be checking the library for Inherit the Bones. Read in July; blog review scheduled for 8/27/17NetGalley/St. Martin's PressMystery/Police Procedural. Nov. 13, 2017. Print length: 336 pages.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting character-driven police procedural set in February in the Colorado Rockies.Gemma has just returned from maternity leave to her job as a Cedar Valley Colorado police detective. She is conflicted about letting her baby-daddy and live-in boyfriend work from home while watching her daughter. Her first case is the murder of a famous writer working under an assumed name in an exclusive private prep school in town. At the school, there is also a bully and graffiti artist forcing students to pe Riveting character-driven police procedural set in February in the Colorado Rockies.Gemma has just returned from maternity leave to her job as a Cedar Valley Colorado police detective. She is conflicted about letting her baby-daddy and live-in boyfriend work from home while watching her daughter. Her first case is the murder of a famous writer working under an assumed name in an exclusive private prep school in town. At the school, there is also a bully and graffiti artist forcing students to perform weird tasks. Are the two connected?The characters are well-formed and the mysteries are riveting once past the relatively slow beginning. The endless blizzard and ominously oppressive forest sets the stage for the exciting and unexpected conclusion. The pacing and focus on character and setting reminds me of golden age mysteries of Agatha Christie, which I love. However, it is also a good police procedural detailing the methods of small town policing. There is no miraculous DNA analysis leading to the killer here-just old fashioned interviews. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Thanks to the publisher, Minotaur Books, and Netgalley for an advanced review copy.
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  • Ionia
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a great book from the first page to the last. I loved the concept the author was working with and how she managed to keep the plot twists fresh and exciting. This is one of those books that will have you turning pages wondering if you are right about what is going on or not and holding your breath until you find out. There were plenty of reasons to love this novel. The characters were interesting and made me want to know more about them even early on in the book. The descripti I thought this was a great book from the first page to the last. I loved the concept the author was working with and how she managed to keep the plot twists fresh and exciting. This is one of those books that will have you turning pages wondering if you are right about what is going on or not and holding your breath until you find out. There were plenty of reasons to love this novel. The characters were interesting and made me want to know more about them even early on in the book. The descriptions were vivid and made me feel like I was there in the midst of things and the unexpected twists were truly unexpected. I love books with a mystery element and this one was one of the best I've read in a while. As for the murder, things were described well enough to offer me a good picture of what was going on but they weren't disgusting or gruesome. This is definitely a book that I want to read again in the future. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Gemma Monroe, just returned from maternity leave, is very happy to be back at work at the Cedar Valley, CO police department. Her plan to ease back into a doable work schedule takes a turn when the body of a famous author is found at the town’s prestigious academy – in the middle of a blizzard. Tracking down the murderer will take up most of her time and energy. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend (and father of her child) is feeling a little stir-crazy being at home full-time. She’s feeling pres Gemma Monroe, just returned from maternity leave, is very happy to be back at work at the Cedar Valley, CO police department. Her plan to ease back into a doable work schedule takes a turn when the body of a famous author is found at the town’s prestigious academy – in the middle of a blizzard. Tracking down the murderer will take up most of her time and energy. It doesn’t help that her boyfriend (and father of her child) is feeling a little stir-crazy being at home full-time. She’s feeling pressure from all sides.I got a good sense of Gemma and her co-workers, family and other assorted characters despite jumping into the series on book 2. I enjoyed Emily Littlejohn’s style of telling a story and how she developed her characters. I liked what I read of the small Colorado, B-list ski town and want to learn more about it and the people who live there. No shortage of red-herrings there and I thought any of them were plausible. That explains why I wasn’t shocked when Gemma discovered the murderer. There were a few loose threads involving those red herrings at the end of the novel that I hope will be carried into the next book in the series. *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    You are in for a great treat when you read A Season to Lie: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery. Reading a novel that takes place in the wilds of Colorado always reminds me of The Shining. There is something foreboding and threatening about a dark and mountainous setting. A famous author has been found stabbed through the torso and pinned to a tree at a prestigious private high school located in a small mountain town in Colorado. The cops investigate the victim and the crime. The investigation unfu You are in for a great treat when you read A Season to Lie: A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery. Reading a novel that takes place in the wilds of Colorado always reminds me of The Shining. There is something foreboding and threatening about a dark and mountainous setting. A famous author has been found stabbed through the torso and pinned to a tree at a prestigious private high school located in a small mountain town in Colorado. The cops investigate the victim and the crime. The investigation unfurls and keeps the reader intimately involved with the multiple leads that must be followed, even when some are fruitless. This is the second in the Detective Gemma Monroe Novels. A Season to Lie is an absorbing and fun police procedural. I recommend it as a standalone, without hesitation. I also suggest that you read the first in the series; Inherit the Bones. Both books are well-written and provocative mysteries by a new and most capable mystery writer.
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  • Samantha March
    January 1, 1970
    I do love me a good thriller, and got the vibes right away that I was going to enjoy A Season To Lie. I was easily pulled into the story, and the drama kicks off right away. I could tell that there was a novel prior to this (Inherit the Bones) because some of the back story was brought up, but this was easily read as a stand alone for me. I will say it made me want to read the first book for sure, because I really enjoyed Emily Littlejohn’s writing. Plenty of twists and turns, questionable chara I do love me a good thriller, and got the vibes right away that I was going to enjoy A Season To Lie. I was easily pulled into the story, and the drama kicks off right away. I could tell that there was a novel prior to this (Inherit the Bones) because some of the back story was brought up, but this was easily read as a stand alone for me. I will say it made me want to read the first book for sure, because I really enjoyed Emily Littlejohn’s writing. Plenty of twists and turns, questionable characters, and a solid mystery that I didn’t piece together until just before the ending played out. I would recommend if you enjoy thriller style reads.I received a review copy
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    A famous author found stabbed to death at a private school while a blizzard was in progress. Gemma and Finn’s investigation turns up other problems at the school, bullying, rifts between teachers and a teacher who is not what he represents to the world. I was not thrilled with this book after having read the first one. There were too many things going on that were not pertinent to the story, but sets the scene for future books in this series. The ending was surreal and disappointing to me. Also A famous author found stabbed to death at a private school while a blizzard was in progress. Gemma and Finn’s investigation turns up other problems at the school, bullying, rifts between teachers and a teacher who is not what he represents to the world. I was not thrilled with this book after having read the first one. There were too many things going on that were not pertinent to the story, but sets the scene for future books in this series. The ending was surreal and disappointing to me. Also Gemma and Brophy’s relationship is uncertain, and I feel the writer doesn’t know where to take it.
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  • Alex Reneski
    January 1, 1970
    NEW MOTHER DETECTIVE RETURNING FROM MATERNITY LEAVE FINDS BODY OF FAMOUS AUTHOR, WHO WAS MASQUERADING AS TEACHER AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL, SKEWERED AGAINST TREE BY ANTIQUE KNIFE IN A BLIZZARD.Somehow, Ms Littlejohn brings it all together, but not without flaws. Dumping a trash can to use the liner over the body to "preserve evidence?" CSI "what's with the cigarette butt in his nose???Also not particularly necessary to have breasts "throbbing because it is time to pump them."That said, the plot is go NEW MOTHER DETECTIVE RETURNING FROM MATERNITY LEAVE FINDS BODY OF FAMOUS AUTHOR, WHO WAS MASQUERADING AS TEACHER AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL, SKEWERED AGAINST TREE BY ANTIQUE KNIFE IN A BLIZZARD.Somehow, Ms Littlejohn brings it all together, but not without flaws. Dumping a trash can to use the liner over the body to "preserve evidence?" CSI "what's with the cigarette butt in his nose???Also not particularly necessary to have breasts "throbbing because it is time to pump them."That said, the plot is good, characters seem real, ad writer keeps your interest.It is a good read.Book provided by goodreads.
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  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn right into the first book in the series’s&stayed up late reading it,part two same unputownable tension.Gemma is just back from maternity leave struggling with leaving the baby in the care of her boyfriend.First day back on duty she is called to the scene of a crime at the local high school.The horrible find a dead body a famous author who no one knew was in town now dead.Yes Gemma’s return will keep you racing through the pages so well written so multi layered highly recommend.Th I was drawn right into the first book in the series’s&stayed up late reading it,part two same unputownable tension.Gemma is just back from maternity leave struggling with leaving the baby in the care of her boyfriend.First day back on duty she is called to the scene of a crime at the local high school.The horrible find a dead body a famous author who no one knew was in town now dead.Yes Gemma’s return will keep you racing through the pages so well written so multi layered highly recommend.Thanks to Minotaur books @netgalley forbadvancecreaders copy,
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Gemma Monroe is back at work part-time at the Cedar Valley Police Department, after maternity leave. Only to be to be confronted with a dead body out at the local school on her first shift. It doesn't take long for the body to be identified as a famous author who was visiting the town in disguise.An okay mystery, easy to read, though I am not sure I cared much for the main character, but an interest to see if my idea behind the murder was correct kept me reading to the end.A NetGalley Detective Gemma Monroe is back at work part-time at the Cedar Valley Police Department, after maternity leave. Only to be to be confronted with a dead body out at the local school on her first shift. It doesn't take long for the body to be identified as a famous author who was visiting the town in disguise.An okay mystery, easy to read, though I am not sure I cared much for the main character, but an interest to see if my idea behind the murder was correct kept me reading to the end.A NetGalley Book
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.A Season to Lie is the second book featuring Detective Gemma Monroe. I enjoyed reading more about Gemma and her family. The plot was well thought out and I had no idea who the murderer was, as there were plenty of viable options. I look forward to reading more from this author. 3 stars. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.A Season to Lie is the second book featuring Detective Gemma Monroe. I enjoyed reading more about Gemma and her family. The plot was well thought out and I had no idea who the murderer was, as there were plenty of viable options. I look forward to reading more from this author. 3 ½ stars.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    Although Inherit the bones was a great start to this series I was disappointed in A Season to Lie. This book has a great female character Gemma and loved her BUT this book didn't have the suspenseful thrills I love about thrillers. A decent second to the series but not as intriguing as the first book in the series..
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads for my copy of "A Season to Lie". I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. I had a hard time getting started, but that was not the books fault, it was my life around it. Once the opportunity arrived to dig into it, I was hooked. It was a story that I never did figure out ahead of time the ending and that always makes it a better read for me! Thanks, again.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this detective story by Emily Littlejohn, an author I was unfamiliar with. Never boring and always interesting, with the dark humor of those tasked with investigating murder, coupled with a storyline that never wavers in it's consistency. Glad I'm now familiar with Emily's work and look forward to future endeavors.
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  • Rick Molitor
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. Gemma is a very believable character. She had flaws and she has feelings. She makes you root for her as she follows the leads to where they take her. The story flows along nicely and keeps you interested. Can't wait for the next one.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    This didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, and had high hopes for this one. Many parts of the detective work just felt amateurish to me, among a few other issues I had with the characters. 3 stars is just a little generous.
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  • Stacie Haden
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic series of two, so far. Can't wait for the next Gemma Monroe!
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