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Release Day Review! LIAR’S POINT by Laura Griffin (The Texas Murder Files #5)

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Two homicide detectives must separate the puzzling truth from a growing web of lies while investigating a murder victim’s friends and lovers in Lost Beach, Texas.

Detective Nicole Lawson is fed up with her job and nonexistent love life. Her first date in months gets cut short by an urgent call from the chief of police. A body has been discovered at Lighthouse Point, and the medical examiner finds an array of strange clues. When the death is ruled a homicide, the news quickly reverberates through Nicole’s beachside hometown.

The Lost Beach police department swings into high gear. Leading the investigation is Emmet Davis, a veteran detective who is Nicole’s fiercest rival at work and also the man she has secretly harbored feelings toward for years. With Emmet calling the shots, Nicole sets out to search for leads, starting with the enigmatic yoga instructor who first discovered the body. Nicole is certain the witness knows more than she’s revealing and may even hold the key to unlocking the case.

When another person turns up dead under suspicious circumstances, Nicole sees a bizarre pattern, but no one believes her theory. Under the gun to solve the case, Nicole must put aside her tumultuous feelings and work closely with Emmet to figure out who is targeting her beloved hometown . . . before she becomes a target herself.

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OMG, this series…

We finally have Nicole and Emmet’s story! Though be warned, it is *very* slow burn–she’s actually attempting (extremely unsuccessfully) to date someone else for a good chunk of the book, and of course the whole working together in a very small police department will always be an issue.

Or will it? 😉 (No spoilers–read it yourself and find out!)

The suspense portion of the book is trademark Laura Griffin–very twisty, with things appearing one way when they are actually not as cut and dried as they look. I loved that Nicole’s instincts were spot on, and that Emmet (mostly) trusts her instincts. The one (pretty huge) time he didn’t, he was man enough to admit it and let everyone else know that she had been right all along.

I absolutely love where they are at the end of the book, both professionally and personally–fingers crossed we get more Texas Murder Files, but if we don’t, I’ll be content with where our characters are right now 🙂

Liar’s Point is the 5th book in the series, but as always can be read as a standalone. But trust me, you really should read them all!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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