Lie Like A Rug

Lie Like A Rug

by Donna Huston Murray

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BN ID: 2940155852353
Publisher: Donna Huston Murray
Publication date: 01/18/2019
Series: A Ginger Barnes Cozy Mystery , #7
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 241,682
File size: 476 KB

About the Author

Donna Huston Murray’s cozy mystery series features a woman much like herself, a DIY headmaster's wife with a troubling interest in crime. Both novels in her new mystery/crime series won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer’s Digest, and her eighth cozy FOR BETTER OR WORSE is shortlisted for the Chanticleer International Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. FINAL ARRANGEMENTS, set at Philadelphia’s world famous flower show, achieved #1 on the Kindle-store list for Mysteries and Female Sleuths. At home, Donna assumes she can fix anything until proven wrong, calls trash-picking recycling, and although she should probably know better by now, adores Irish setters. Donna and husband, Hench, live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, area.

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Lie Like a Rug 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
brf1948 4 months ago
Donna Huston Murray brings us a fast paced mystery based on the textile antiques trade - the basis for authentication and the responsibility of the seller and the buyer to know what they have. The necessity to actually authenticate your own sales or purchases or trust the professional you hire in that capacity has never been more important. However, this novel while emphasizing those facts was both entertaining and compelling. I found this a very interesting story, one that kept me engrossed through its entirety. Ms. Murray is an author I will watch for in future, and the Ginger Barnes Mystery's and Lauren Beck Crime novels are series I must catch up on. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Donna Huston Murray, and IBPA in exchanger for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
ReadersFavorite 5 months ago
Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite The seventh installment of the Ginger Barnes Cozy Mystery Books series, Lie Like a Rug, finds Gin tangled up in a courtroom drama. While escorting a troubled student to his appointment with a judge, she finds out that her childhood babysitter, Charlie, is on trial for fraud, accused of passing off an artificially aged rug as an antique. To complicate matters, witnesses begin dropping dead and suspicion naturally falls on Charlie and his nervous wife. Gin is sure there must be more to the story, a theory that’s confirmed when Charlie’s lawyer asks for her help. The old man is hiding something that could prove his innocence and they need to find out what it is. Gin begins her investigation at the school where Charlie used to teach, but before she can uncover his secrets, things get out of hand. Gin must rush to find the true killer before Charlie is convicted, and before anyone else is murdered. Lie Like a Rug by Donna Huston Murray is a cleverly plotted mystery with an interesting story line and great characters. Though it’s the seventh in a series, it works perfectly as a stand-alone book. The characters feel realistic, as do their relationships with each other. The snapshots of family life contrast well with the suspense of the trial and investigation, and the secondary story line about the troubled student ties in well. Murray keeps readers guessing all the way to the end, with twists and turns and red herrings. This engrossing page-turner is a must-read for any lover of cozy mysteries.
Bernadette_Cinkoske 5 months ago
Lie Like a Rug is another wonderful mystery with sleuth Ginger Barnes. The veteran sleuth and her family are all vividly portrayed. The author's knowledge of textiles is amazing. Ginger happens upon the fraud trial of an old neighbor/former babysitter. Of course, she has to get involved while also helping her husband with a problem student. Two deaths of witnesses and many plot twists later, will Ginger figure this out before the student pulls more pranks and more witnesses die? This book is very well written. It is not to be missed.
Betababe 18 days ago
Paul Drake to the Rescue Academia has its own culture, especially the private schools. One's background becomes less important than a student's ability to hold his own within the cloistered culture, and the friendships forged in school carry forward through life. Ginger ("Gin") is the headmaster's wife, himself a product of Main Line schooling and influence, and tendrils reach out from past and present to engage sympathy and interest in the travails of Gin's childhood babysitter. Textiles figure prominently. (I found myself planning a field trip to Philadelphia to visit the museum (as seen in "Rocky"), and now have Winterthur on my "must see" list, too.) Into the midst of all this history and culture drops a body--or two. The game's afoot! Well-drawn characters, wonderful details, and an intriguing plot make this a winner for me.
Mousiemom123 3 months ago
This book is a delight. Not only is it about antique textiles (something I adore), but Ms. Murray's descriptions of characters and locales really bring the book to life. The main character is likable and smart, and the mystery is entertaining. An added bonus is that I actually learned something about antique textiles. Solid research, entertaining characters and an involving mystery. I can't wait to read the rest of the series if they're all this good! I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Another excellent addition to this series. Strong, realistic heroine & supporting characters, great plot, increases reader's knowledge of textile & fabric while keeping it true to story. Can be read as stand alone, but makes one want the entire series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For fifteen-year-old Ryan Cooperman the welcome mat at Bryn Derwyn Academy ends with his latest incident of negative behavior. The nasty teen terrorist is going to pay a visit to Judge Rolfe in nearby Philadelphia where Ryan will be officially welcomed into the ¿scared straight¿ program. Of course, Ginger Barnes endlessly kicks herself for volunteering to escort the miscreant when her husband is too busy to do so.

After depositing her ¿client¿ with the Judge and his crew, Ginger passes the time waiting for the torturer to be returned to her by wandering the courthouse. She is stunned to observe that former childhood hero Professor Finnemeyer is on trial for a fraudulent antique scam. Ginger decides to investigate after she rids herself of her delinquent charge at the local train station. She soon finds that the witnesses for the prosecution have agendas to keep things quiet so that Finnemeyer will take the hit, but that her champion falls off the pedestal as he has a history of questionable, illegal behavior.

LIE LIKE A RUG is an amusing, very entertaining investigative tale because the heroine is so real she insures the plot remains genuine. Ryan is a great character who even hooks Ginger in his nasty way of dissing people. The rest of the support cast rounds out Ginger¿s latest adventure by reacting to her actions so that she seems even more like a person rather than a character. Donna Huston Murray continues to furnish pleasant novels filed with ginger that engross the reader¿s interest from start to finish.

Harriet Klausner