Liar, Liar: A Cat DeLuca Mystery

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Newly divorced Caterina DeLuca is now a detective and armed with a camera for divorce-court purposes. Cat is hot on the trail of her client's husband when an explosion hurls her out of her stilettos and into the hospital. The FBI claims the husband was killed in the fireworks?but Cat remembers differently.

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Overview

Newly divorced Caterina DeLuca is now a detective and armed with a camera for divorce-court purposes. Cat is hot on the trail of her client's husband when an explosion hurls her out of her stilettos and into the hospital. The FBI claims the husband was killed in the fireworks—but Cat remembers differently.

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Getting the goods on straying husbands is what Cat DeLuca, owner of Chicago's Pants on Fire Detective Agency: We Catch Liars and Cheats, does for a living. In her new case, Cat tails Chance Savino around town, but strange things start to happen—exploding cars and a murder or two. Then her cop family, led by her micromanaging mother, gets into the act. That's when the real fun begins. VERDICT Packed with action and wonderfully funny characters, this series debut is a masterstroke of hilarity. Cat De Luca is smart and charming in a scorned-woman-turned-to-avenging-all-cheated-upon-women way and is sure to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.
Kirkus Reviews

A private eye searches for a suspect while her mother tries to find her a man.

If Caterina "Cat" DeLuca learned one thing in her divorce, it's how to catch a cheater. Now older and wiser, Cat has her own agency, Pants on Fire, that aims to catch other trespassing spouses. When yet another teary wife shows up in Cat's office, she has no qualms about taking the case. Little does she suspect that the woman, Rita Polansky, may have something entirely different on her mind than her cheating husband. Cat is following said hunky husband, Chance Savino, into a building when both are victims of a bomb attack the FBI maintains was really a gas leak. Cat winds up in the hospital with a concussion, putting her mental state into question and forcing a sanity intervention from her family and Father Timothy. Unfortunately, this is just another roadblock in a case that she considers barely open, since she can't find Chance's body in the wreckage or at the morgue. The FBI insists that he's dead, but Cat keeps (deliciously) running into him lurking in the corners as she continues her investigation of the bomb. At least Cat's family is on her side, or what they consider her side. Her mother cooks up a storm, her brother Rocco all but moves into her house and her Uncle Joey intimates that his mob connections are at her service.

Fans of Jennifer Crusie will appreciate Larsen's debut, full of breezy comebacks and characters that come off the page.

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“Full of breezy comebacks and characters that come off the page.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441742377
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 6
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

One day three sisters, linked by a voracious love of mysteries, set off to write their own. Julianne, Kristen and Kari Larsen, (horse trainer, minister and irreverent baker) deliver a sizzling read and easy smile. Liar Liar is the first book in the Cat DeLuca mysteries. The sisters live in the Pacific Northwest and Chicago area and are currently at work on Cat’s next, most fabulous adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Loved it!

    I got this from the library as an mp3 book. I laughed quite hard at the over the top family, the crazy heroine and the fun story. I was looking for a light read and this delivered. Now I'm buying the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    OK Detective Mystery

    This was a good first book in the series- it dragged for me a little; and the whole family dynamic tilted a little to the ridiculous. . . But an amusing read.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Stephanie Plum fans - READ THIS BOOK!!

    I got sucked in within the first few pages and couldn't put it down. The sisters created characters completely relateable that you fall in love with quickly. The story keeps you guessing, confused and laughing all at the same time. If you love Stephanie Plum and her crazy family you're going to love the DeLuca's as well. I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Very much like Plum books

    I was looking for a book that was similar to the Stephanie Plum books, and this def was, it was a dead ringer. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters, but it was a little too much like the Plum books. The over eating junk food, the two love intrests, and I wish they wouldnt have brought on an "assistant" to her catching cheaters business. The assistant is exactly the same character as Lola in the Plum books (except that its not a huge slutty black woman). They are both bad at the job, are trigger happy and they have the same personalities.
    It was an enjoyable and quick read, and I will be reading the next books in the series, I just hope that the next ones arnt quite so much a duplicate of the Plum books.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Highly Recommend- exciting and humorous

    This was a page-turner. The story line was exciting and the humor was exceptional. I can't wait for the next book by these three sisters! Not a dull moment in the book!

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    fun and entertaining mystery

    If you like Stephanie Plum and The Spellmans, then you will enjoy this fun and entertaining first novel by three sisters. Cat was looking for a cheating husband in a simple case when the next thing she knew she was in the hospital after a building explosion. No one believes her when she says the "dead" man is alive, but soon her life is threatened and you know there's going to be trouble and boy what a fun ride you'll have watching Cat solve this murder mystery. I can't wait to read the next book in this exciting and adventurous series.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    FUN ENGAGING READ

    In the style of Janet Evanovich, LIAR LIAR is pure escapism. This is a story of a woman who catches her husband cheating with several of her friends so she divorces him and opens up her own agency to "catch cheaters." Her large Italian Catholic family, contains an overbearing mother and a long line of male cops. They think she is crazy for not settling down. Add in a hot diamond smuggler, couple bombs and of course murder. The writing is fast paced, exciting and hilarious. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted September 6, 2010

    Fun Fast Paced Mystery

    Loved this book! Great story of a likable Italian woman private eye who catches cheating spouses. Hot men, crazy family and murder. Love the writing style - if you like Evanovich -you will love this book.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    Laugh out loud fun!

    In the style of Janet Evanovich, LIAR LIAR is pure escapism. This is a story of a woman who catches her husband cheating with several of her friends so she divorces him and opens up her own agency to "catch cheaters." Her large Italian Catholic family, contains an overbearing mother and a long line of male cops. They think she is crazy for not settling down. Add in a hot diamond smuggler, couple bombs and of course murder. The writing is fast paced, exciting and hilarious. Can't wait for the next book.

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