Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.
“A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments.”—Library Journal review of Upon a Spring Breeze
Even the most admired families have secrets to hide . . .
Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.
But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.
Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.
Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.
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About the Author
Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
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Someone needed to make a perfume from stop bath and developer. The photo chemicals smelled like come-hither to Nina Fischer. She inhaled their biting scent and studied the image that appeared as she swished the sheet of paper in the deep, gray plastic tub. A homeless man with a toothless grin rewarded her efforts. The man smiled as if he'd invited her into a palatial home and not a squatter's makeshift campsite. His black-and-white surroundings materialized in sharp contrast around him. A graffiti-covered Dumpster dwarfed his skeletal frame. A shopping cart loaded with a tattered coat, mismatched sneakers, and a pile of blankets was parked on the broken cement like a car in a driveway. Despite the alcohol-induced trust in his bloodshot eyes, he stayed close to the cart as if he feared she would steal it away.
The photo told a story. A story that the world needed to see and Nina needed to tell. In many ways it was her story. The story of a child who'd lived in that world and survived. The words to the poem that would accompany the photo fell into place.
"Nina? You're doing it again."
Rick Zavala's irritated baritone boomed in the small darkroom.
"Sorry." Nina snatched the phone from the counter, hit the speaker button to turn it off, then tucked the phone between her ear and her shoulder while using her free hand to move the photo to the stop bath. She glanced at the illuminated face of the sports watch on her wrist. Thirty seconds and the photo moved to the fixer.
"You could at least pretend to pay attention when you're on the phone with me."
"I am paying attention." Now she was. Suppressing a snort of laughter, she gripped the tongs and slipped the photo into the next tub. "It's three o'clock in the morning. I'm not going to a party with you. I only have a week left to get ready for the exhibit."
"All work and no play make Nina a dull girl. Have a cup of coffee and get your second wind. Jackson hired a great band for this fund-raiser. Everyone's here. It's actually fun." Despite the loud conversations in the background accompanied by raucous Dixieland jazz, Rick's silky voice dropped another notch the way it always did when he wanted to coax her into doing something they both knew she didn't want to do.
"There're some people I need to talk to here. Having you by my side would help. It's a perfect opportunity —"
"To schmooze, I know." Glancing at her watch again, Nina laid the tongs on the counter. Thirty seconds. She flipped the switch and the small room was bathed in a soft overhead light. She had five minutes before she could move the photo to the water bath. "My favorite thing."
A chorus of whiny yowls outside the darkroom door made Nina pause for a second. The cats never bothered her when she was working. They knew better. She opened the door. A black furry streak hurled herself into the room. Nina managed a quick two-step as Daffy whirled and threw herself at Nina's legs, emitting a meow that was more of a hiss than a whine. Mango, an orange tabby whose girth prevented her from winning any race with Daffy, followed at a surprising clip. "What's wrong with you?"
"Something's wrong with me because I want my girl at my side —"
"I'm not talking to you. The cats are having a hissy fit at my feet. They have the run of my family's entire three-story home, and they have to congregate here. Jan must've forgotten to feed them before she and Brooklyn took off. And I'm not your girl."
Just to keep the record straight.
"You could be if you'd stop putting me off." His aggrieved tone reminded her of all the times she'd beaten him in one-on-one basketball games and he'd insisted she cheated. "I'm ready to take it to the next level and you know it."
His idea of the next level didn't jive with Nina's. "I'm not putting you off."
"Then what would you call it — playing the field?" Now he sounded like the sulky kid she'd first met when his mother let him tag along while she cleaned the Fischer house a hundred years ago. "Playing hard to get? Playing with my feelings?"
"I'm not playing at all. I take relationships seriously. You're the one out past midnight on a work night. You're almost thirty years old."
"This is work and I'm asking you to be here with me."
"As a prop."
"I would never use you as a prop. I would never use you period. I love your company."
In typical Rick fashion, he stopped short of saying he loved her. "It's late and I'm tired. Let's not do this now."
"If you have your way, we'll never have this conversation."
The opposite was true. They'd had the conversation over and over again in the years since they both returned to San Antonio after college. Always with the same outcome.
Ignoring the pique in his voice and the herd of two cats clamoring at her feet, Nina focused on a dozen photos clipped overhead with wooden clothespins on a rope strung the length of the room. She liked the progression. Early afternoon sunlight slipping into dusk as the day went on. It would be interesting to see how they compared to the video Aaron shot for their joint exhibit.
Daffy nipped at her bare ankle and yowled. "Ouch. Seriously, what has gotten into you?"
"Sorry, not you, Rick. Daffy just attacked me. You don't need me. You do fine without me."
"That's not true. I need you in more ways than one and you know it."
No, she didn't. Rick's efforts to line up supporters for his fledgling campaign for state representative would no doubt go better without her. She didn't schmooze well and she didn't have a political bone in her body.
"I'm hanging up now. I want to have this series done before Aaron comes over with the video. We have to figure out how to loop it on the wall opposite the photos, and the photos still have to be mounted and the poems finished."
"Aaron's coming over? At this hour? Doesn't he have to work tomorrow — later today?"
Nina held the phone away from her ear. Rick wanted her to come out to a party at three in the morning, but she couldn't have a colleague over to work at that time? She and Aaron McClure had been in school together at the University of Texas–Austin. He was her closest friend in ways Rick could never be. They walked a careful line that preserved that friendship, which she valued beyond measure. "Unlike you, he's taking a vacation day tomorrow — today. We're running out of time and he's just now doing the final edits to the video."
"Whatever. Let's have breakfast."
His way of ensuring she didn't share that meal with Aaron. "You'll be up by nine?"
"Probably not. Peter knows about this party tonight, and I don't have anything on the court docket. He'll cut me some slack."
Peter Coggins hadn't become senior partner in his own high-powered law firm by cutting anyone slack. "If you decide to get up, bring me a whole wheat bagel with blueberry cream cheese."
"Come with me to see the Aaron Neville Quintet play at the Empire Theatre this weekend." Rick managed to skip right over the breakfast invitation. He was not a morning person. "The guy's in his seventies. You never know if you'll get another chance."
Nina glanced down at her jazz festival T-shirt. How did he know? She wouldn't be able to resist a concert featuring her favorite non-rock artist, the soul–R&B&–funk–doo-wop man with New Orleans roots. "Call me later."
"I thought your name was Nina."
Chuckling despite herself, she disconnected and tucked the phone in the hip pocket of her jeans. Rick could be sweet when he wasn't trying to figure an angle to make a situation work to his advantage. Including dating the daughter of a well-connected family whose roots went back to Sam Houston and the Alamo. Or maybe that was her imagination. Her insecurity. Couldn't he be interested in her regardless of her family's genealogy?
Their paths had meandered in wildly differing directions, then reconnected because of her dad's generosity. Giving a maid's son a helping hand with college tuition was like her dad. Exerting his influence to get Rick a job at a local firm after law school. Whether intentional or not, her dad's kindness served to keep Rick in her life. Which kept her off-balance and wondering.
With a sigh, Nina turned the volume on the radio back up on her favorite classic rock station. Vintage Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" poured from the speakers. Wishing she could take a long run to shake off her fatigue, she moved the print to the water bath and spent a few minutes swishing it around before hanging it next to the others. Fatigue made her light-headed. She gripped the counter and closed her eyes for a few seconds. She needed food. And caffeine if she was going to pull the necessary all-nighter.
She slipped on her flip-flops, turned off the radio, scooped up Daffy, and headed down the stairs to the most important room on the first floor. The kitchen. Mango followed, nipping at her heels as if to say, "Hurry up." Daffy struggled in her arms, her back claws digging into flesh. "Hey, that hurts, you little poop head."
Nina let go and the yowling cat leaped to the floor. Mango immediately joined in. "Hush up, you two. You can't be that hungry. I'm getting the food right now." She examined the scratch on her arm. The cat had drawn blood. "Seriously, Daffy, what's wrong with you? I want both of you to find the dogs, annoy them for a while. Okay?"
The cats ignored her instructions and followed her through the kitchen in a nip-and-tuck pattern. Thunder boomed in the distance. Maybe it was the weather. They'd forgotten what thunder sounded like after the long drought.
She froze, sure she'd imagined the hoarse, whispered two syllables wafting into the kitchen from the hallway. She took a mental inventory. Grace was at a writers' conference in Indianapolis. Dad had gone to bed hours earlier. Jan and Brooklyn were camping. Nina was alone on the first floor.
She cocked her head, listening. The house creaked and settled, no doubt swaying in a stormy September wind.
A screamed whisper.
A chill spread across her bare neck above her T-shirt. She eased toward the kitchen door and put one hand on the solid wood frame. "Dad?"
Concern mixed with dread made a sour concoction in the pit of her empty stomach. She strode down the hallway that led to the living room and formal dining room on one side, her parents' offices on the other. "Dad, is that you? Are you okay?"
Daffy shot past her and squeezed through the first door on the right. Mango held back, impeding Nina's progress as she stared. The door to her dad's study.
"Help me ..."
Now a breathless whisper.
Nina touched the door with one finger. It swung open. "Dad? What's wrong? Why are you whispering?"
A low whine told her Peanuts, Dad's cocker spaniel, had beaten her to the room along with Daffy. Nina bent and picked up Mango, who weighed more than a small child. Her warm, tubby body offered comfort against a sudden chill. "I'm here. Dad, did you want something?"
A petite Tiffany desk lamp cast just enough light for Nina to see that nothing seemed out of place. She cleared her throat. "Dad, where are you? You're scaring me."
Shadows created pockets filled with blackness. Books lined built-in shelves that covered an entire wall up to the eight-foot ceiling. The gold-and-auburn brocade drapes were pulled back and held with tasseled ropes, revealing the steady stream of rain running down two floor-to-ceiling windows. Fire bushes in the side yard scraped the windows in an annoying rustling sound.
The mammoth mahogany desk bore all the signs of a workaholic. A desktop computer, a laptop, and an iPad. Piles of papers. Law books stacked six and eight deep. Court briefs.
Her perusal of the room skidded to a stop. Behind the desk, one glass door to her dad's gun cabinet gaped open. He never left it open. He always kept it locked and the key on his chain. Ever since she and her sister, Jan, had moved into a bedroom down the hall from Trevor's room all those years ago.
The office smelled of old paper and books and something else. Something not good. Something that made her stomach turn over and her arms tighten around Mango. The cat squirmed and leaped from her arms.
The room smelled like blood.
Another whine. Behind the desk.
She started around it. Daffy sped past her and out the door as if her work were done. Peanuts crouched next to a long leg stretched out on the floor.
Her breath a hitch in her throat, Nina shot forward. "Dad?"
The cocker spaniel whimpered, a sound that made Nina's own throat ache. "It's okay, boy, it's okay."
A bare foot next to a brown corduroy slipper. A silky, beige pajama pant had ridden up, revealing a leg covered with thick, black hair. Nina edged past Peanuts until she could see the rest of the body.
Her father sprawled on his back, hands clutched at his stomach.
Her legs trembling, Nina knelt. Blood stained his pajama top a deep scarlet. It pooled under him. A gun lay near his right elbow. Nina knew less than nothing about guns. This one was big and black. "Oh, Daddy." His eyes didn't blink and his face didn't acknowledge her presence. "Dad? Geoffrey!"
She touched his throat. His skin was warm. Almost hot. Sweat streaked his face and something else. Tears? She pressed her fingers harder, seeking a pulse. "Daddy, talk to me, talk to me."
No pulse. The voice that had spoken only seconds before had been silenced. Why hadn't she come sooner? Why hadn't she heard the shot? Daddy had always said she played her music too loud. "You'll end up deaf." He would never say those words again.
"No, no, no." She tugged her phone from her pocket, surprised to see bloody prints on it when she tapped those three numbers they'd all been taught to see as lifelines. "Help, I need help."
The 911 operator's voice was kind. Yes, she would send someone. Yes, Nina needed to stay on the line.
Nina hit speaker and tossed the phone on the thick carpet he'd insisted on, saying wooden floors were cold even in a climate like San Antonio's. The cold aggravated his arthritis. His joints ached and his fingers wouldn't cooperate when he tried to hunt and peck on his laptop. Had that pain seeped away with the blood that ran from his wounds?
Nina bent over, getting close to his mouth, to hear his breath. He had to breathe. She'd lost enough people in her life.
She touched his neck again. Still no pulse. Skin cooling.
Come on, God. Come on. Hasn't it been enough? Can't I keep this one person? Can You see why I don't trust You?
The pounding of her heart in her ears served as the only answer. As usual.
She gently moved his hands, sure any small adjustment would cause him pain. She began to push, up and down, up and down on his chest. Wasn't that what a person did when someone's heart stopped beating?
One should perform CPR. One, two, three, four, she counted silently, then aloud. "Five, six, seven, eight, nine ..." As if counting aloud would make her efforts more powerful. His heart would start and he would open his eyes and tell her all about how this happened. How he ended up on the floor of his study. A gaping hole in his gut.
Sirens sounded in the distance, music to her ears for the first time in her life. Help was coming.
Nina paused, her head over her father's, her long hair touching his still, white cheek. The only real father she'd ever known. The man who had taken Jan and her in and made them his daughters. He liked to say he'd chosen them, which was much nicer than the truth. The ugly truth. He'd been the one to tell her it was okay to call him Daddy, a word so foreign to her vocabulary it could've been another language.
"Breathe, Daddy, breathe. Please."
His head lolled to one side, features slack. The sirens screamed. Whirling lights pierced the windows, lighting up the dark and ping-ponging on the walls in a crazy, unpredictable pattern.
It didn't matter how fast they arrived. They were already too late.(Continues…)
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I received this book from the Fiction Guild. Nina Fischer is a photographer and carries a camera wherever she goes. Her mother abandoned her and her sister when they were little and their uncle has adopted them. They are adults now. Then Nina finds her uncle who is a judge, shot in their home. The detective thinks she did it. Now she is trying to find answers before they arrest her. But what she discovers is not what she wants to find. Was her uncle lying to her? Why? But as she finds out about his secret life her life becomes more and more in danger. Will Aaron be able to help her find what is going on and keep her safe? A fast paced, action packed story. Several twists and turns.
Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irwin Nina Fischer bears deep scars from life. Because of that, she trusts no one. Her mother abandoned her and her sister years ago. Having been adopted by her wealthy, respected uncle, she is shocked when he is found murdered in his study. Using her investigative journalist skills, she searches for his killer, but is considered a prime suspect by police. As people around her are murdered, she struggles to know who she can trust and why her father would be murdered. The answers are surprising. Tell Her No Lies has interesting characters who aren’t always what they seem. By the end of the book, they have been revealed for themselves. The author delivers some surprises along the way. The plot moves along quickly. It has some unexpected twists that catch the reader off guard. It also highlights an issue important to the main character—homelessness. Kelly Irwin, the author, was new to me. She has written Amish romances, which I have not read. She has seamlessly transitioned to romantic suspense. I would say she is in the same league with Colleen Coble and Carrie Stuart Parks. Readers of romantic suspense will enjoy this book. I received a copy in return for this, my honest review.
3.5 stars- This was my first story by Kelly Irvin. Upon reading about her in the blurb at the back of the book, I learned she usually writes Amish fiction. So this was definitely a big switch in genres. I enjoyed this book and thought she did a good job of creating a plausible storyline and kept my interest throughout the book. She created a likable cast of characters in Nina, Aaron and Nina’s family. Nina was a strong woman that had trust issues, and no wonder, after a traumatic early childhood. But God pulled her and her younger sister through and brought them to their aunt and uncle’s home, where they were loved. Upon her uncle’s untimely death Nina realizes things were not always as they seemed. Her tough-as-nails uncle was not the upstanding judge everyone thought he was and many people would like to find his killer. Especially Nina, since she is murder suspect #1. I won’t say I was super surprised by the conclusion because I wasn’t, but I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading Kelly’s next mystery. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a very interesting mystery/murder suspense. It starts off with Nina's uncle/adopted dad being killed in his home while she was on the third floor working in her dark room and her sister & niece both asleep. But the police thinks she may have done it. But when strange things start happening and other people that are either worked with him or looking into investigating the judge 2 other people get killed. Then they go after both Nina & her friend Aaron. This book keeps you on your toes to who actually caused the first murder and everyone one after. I really enjoyed it.
Edge of your seat suspense with enough twists to keep you turning pages quickly. Kelly Irvin has stepped out of the Amish Fiction genre with a bang and I look forward to reading more romantic suspense from her. I loved looking at the character of Nina as she opens up to Aaron and we learn her heart. I was rooting for Aaron as he is a male character you will fall in love with. This story has many underlying layers and I enjoyed peeling them back and learning what makes the characters tick .....flawed and real. A great heart pounding read. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
I had never read a book by Kelly Irvin before this one, but I knew that she had written some Amish books, so I was thinking this would be kind of tame... However, it was actually much more violent and gory than I expected! Not that it was super violent/gory, but still, maybe a little too much for me. It was a good mystery,though, and I like the characters, especially the 2 main characters. It has romance in it too, so for you romance readers, there is something here as well. ;) I received this book from the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own. Thank you!
Wow! Wow!! I have read many books by Ms. Irvin. I have enjoyed them all. NEVER would I have seen this book coming. Wow! In the afterwords, she says that she wrote two suspense novels before she switched to Amish fiction. I didn't know that, so this book caught my by surprise; thus, all the Wows!!! This book has everything that it takes for me to be snatched in to the plot and not come up for breath until I'm gasping at the end. And talk about a killer first line! Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. It was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! I say again, wow, wow, WOW!!!
I knew Kelly Irvin as an Amish story teller, but she has broken out of that mold with the release of Tell Her No Lies, a romantic suspense that will have you staying up late to finish the book. After their mother left them homeless in a tent city, Nina & her sister Jan were adopted by their uncle Geoffrey and his wife Grace. They were loved and given every material advantage. When Nina finds her uncle murdered, she is a suspect in the crime. She also uncovers that her uncle, a respected San Antonio judge, had another secret life. She could not trust her mother and now she finds the man she thought of as her Dad was not to be trusted either. As she tries to find his killer while protecting the family reputation, two men want to help. Rick is a childhood friend whose political asperations seem more important than her. Aaron, a videographer, has worked with her since college, but is he using their friendship to break a huge news story? As Nina follows the evidence, it seems that death also follows her and could prove fatal. Can the murders and mystery be solved and can Nina learn to trust and love again. I hope this will not be the last romantic suspense Kelly Irvin writes.
Could Not Put It Down! Although I enjoy romantic suspense stories, it's been awhile since I've read one. I chose to read this book because I'm familiar with some of this author's other works which are not in this genre, Thus, my curiosity was piqued when I realized Tell Her No Lies is a romantic suspense story. And let me say that I am soooo glad I chose to read it. This book is amazing! Once I began reading it, I could not put it down! The story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, I was left saying, "Wow! I did not see that coming!" The plot moved along at a good pace, and the details throughout the story helped create a great visual of every scene. It has just the right blend of suspense and romance. Ms. Irvin undeniably hit the mark with this romantic suspense novel. It is without any reservation that I highly recommend Tell Her No Lies to those who enjoy this genre as well as those who are new to it. In my humble opinion, once you begin reading it, you will not be able to put it down, and you most definitely will not be disappointed.
Great book. Could not stop reading!
Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin was a great book. I was hooked from the first chapter and loved getting to know Nina Fisher as well as Rick and Aaron. The storyline and plot were intricate enough for me to have to keep reading to figure out how it all came together. While the author gave us enough clues to know some of the key players were suspects, she did a great job hiding the specifics which kept me guessing throughout and turning the pages to the very end. I loved the character of Aaron especially; but I have to admit, I loved how Rick was portrayed as well as the many layers of Nina and her mom, Grace. It was a wonderful book and I hope there is a sequel or at least another in this mystery/suspense category coming soon because it was a great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Wow - what a great ride! This was my first book by Kelly Irvin and will not be my last. While the title and cover had drawn me, it was other advanced reviews that lead me to seek out this book for myself So glad I did! Nina Fischer is a night owl, up late listening to music while she does work in her dark-room. And is the only other person at home when her father is murdered in his study. When she finds him, she calls the police and starts CPR, but that doesn't change the likelihood of her being a suspect in the detective's mind. When she is connected with 2 other murders in town, suspicions rise even further. Nina and the 2 guys fighting for her affection have to find a way to determine who really committed these murders and clear her name. This story had a lot of character development and growth. It had great suspense with a lot of twists and turns. I didn't know who did it until the very end! This is considered romantic suspense, but unlike most romantic suspense where a guy and girl are thrown together in a life-threatening situation and fall in love hard and fast in a super cheesy way, the romantic elements in this book are deeper-rooted and realistic. I'm not one for romance (especially cheesy romance), but I found the romance elements of this one to be sweet. All in all, this was an excellent book that would appeal to a broad range of audiences. With the romance element and the suspense element, it caters to both of those audiences. Though it was fast paced, it was never so intense that it would give a person nightmares. I thoroughly enjoyed the story-line and writing style. I definitely look forward to more books from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin is a thrilling, romantic suspense novel! Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down anytime soon! Nina Fischer has not always had a good life. Early in her life, her uncle adopted Nina and her sister from the streets. He is a wealthy judge in the San Antonio, Texas area and has always provided for them, including making sure they both went to college. All that changes one night when Nina discovers him murdered in his own home. She is determined to find out what happened, even if that means risking it all. What she uncovers about her uncle's life surprises her. More people Judge Fischer was in contact with start becoming murder victims...is Nina next? Can she trust two, very different close male friends to help her out? This story will have you on the edge of your seat! Author Kelly Irvin really brought the characters to life in this story! You will feel like you are right there with them in San Antonio, Texas. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book for yourself! You won't be disappointed! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
I very much enjoyed Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin, and I think you will too. Nina Fischer and her sister are adopted by family members following their mother abandoning them when there were still quite young. Nina remembers days spent alone with just her sister as mother was out obtaining alcohol any way she could, often bringing strange men. When found, the girls were filthy, starving and wearing tattered clothing. When their uncle, mothers brother, was notified of his nieces situation, he immediately took them in and eventually adopts them. The sisters settle in with their new family, growing into mature young women who both loved and appreciated their adoptive parents. Then the unthinkable happens, their father is brutally murdered; he was discovered by the only other person in the house, Nina. What would you do if your father was murdered and all the evidence seems to point directly at you? This novel will capture your attention until the very end and you will be completely surprised by whodunit!
Wow, this one starts out with a bang and keeps up the tension until the end! One of the best romantic suspense stories I've read. Plenty of action, mystery, and a complex plot kept the pages turning. It also hits on some serious issues relevant to today--addiction, child abandonment, homelessness--and their lingering damaging affects on families. Faith and prayer are touched on, and the need to trust God and forgive others. “God is a good Father. We can’t always understand what His plan is, but we have to trust He has one.” The romance is a complicated one between friends. The ending is a tender one though, and worth the wait. Poor Nina definitely gets put through the ringer, but seems to come out better for it, emotionally and spiritually. Highly recommend for fans of Christian romantic suspense! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
Old Secrets Lead to Murder Nina Fischer and her sister Jan were adopted as children by their uncle, a district court judge. The girl’s mother abandoned them in a tent city when she went off with yet another man for alcohol and drugs. Nina loves her adoptive father, but she has to be herself. She chose a career as a photographer and poet, although he wanted her to be a lawyer. Sill he was supportive, and she’s living in his house as she tries to make her career work. One night she’s alone in the house working in the darkroom. When she finishes, she thinks she hears a cry. She searches the house and finds her father dead on the study floor with a gun near his hand. She was alone. They had argued. Now she finds her self the primary suspect. Nina goes from one situation where she’s violently attacked to another. The police and her male friends, Rick and Aaron, want her to leave the detective work to others, but Nina is convinced that they won’t work hard enough to solve the murder. I found her falling into dangerous situations on a regular basis a little over the top. She has trust issues from the way she was abandoned as child, but rushing headlong into danger happened too frequently to be believable. The book is Christian fiction. The characters discuss their issues with trusting God, but it isn’t preachy. I found Nina and Aaron’s discussions of God quite realistic. The book is fast paced and the plot presents a puzzle it’s not easy to solve until the end. If you enjoy a thriller with a Christian background, this is a good read. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for this review.
If you think Kelly Irvin can only write Amish fiction (which she does superbly, by the way), you are in for a real treat. Her newest novel, Tell Her No Lies, is as riveting a romantic suspense as they get. I was sucked into the story on page one and hated putting the book down for life's interruptions. As I went about my day, I found myself pondering Nina's situation and trying to fit the puzzle pieces together. Nina Fisher and her sister were adopted by her uncle after being abandoned by their mother as young children. Their uncle is a respected San Antonio judge and has always provided well for the girls,even if he didn't approve of their interests--photo journalism for Nina and military service for Jan. When the judge is murdered and his body is discovered by Nina, the only other person known to be in the house at the time, the detective assigned to the case deems Nina the prime suspect. Nina is determined to find the real killer with or without the help of the two men who vie for her attention. Aaron, a news videographer, has been a close friend for years. Rick, a lawyer with political aspirations, has known Nina since childhood. But can she trust either man or will she have to rely on her own instincts for ferreting out information--and for survival? Kelly Irvin has crafted a masterpiece with her new novel. As usual, her characters are well-developed and realistic, and the plot is fast-paced and exciting. You will laugh and cry with the characters and turn pages faster and faster as the story progresses. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can't wait for Kelly's next romantic suspense release?
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Irvin. I was interested in the book, because of its cover and description and decided I wanted to read it. Wow! This suspense story was very impressive. Her writing reminded me of other suspense authors that I enjoy reading. This book focuses on Nina who finds her father after he is murdered. Throughout the story, Nina is trying to discover who murdered her father and why. There are a couple of men in her life. Rick has been her childhood friend and she has to figure out if she wants a romantic relationship with him or Aaron. Aaron has been there for her since college. Together with Aaron they try to follow the evidence to discover what occurred. Having believed her father to be an upstanding judge, Nina finds out that he had his own secrets. This is a romantic suspense book that will definitely keep you wanting to drop everything to read this book! I highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed if you enjoy romantic suspense stories. ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
Tell Her No Lies is a great Christian suspense that is complicated and multi-layered. Nina Fischer lives at her family home where she has her own apartment on the third floor. She has a photojournalist background and carries her camera everywhere. She has a trust issue and the camera helps. Nina and her friend Aaron are putting together a photo/video exhibit and the deadline is coming up. Working on the project late one night in her darkroom, she becomes hungry and travels downstairs to get a snack in the kitchen only to hear a noise in her father's study. Her father's body is on the floor. She tries CPR but he is gone. Police detective King of the San Antonio Police Department takes her in for questioning. Her dad is a judge, an important man. Her friend, Rick, an civil law attorney can't represent her but his firm calls someone for her. Nina is let go and then the rest of her family is questioned. Her family is an odd group. Nina and her sister Jan are really the nieces of her dad and mom. Her dad's sister is a druggie and alcoholic who left the girls in a tent city in Florida when they were young and they were put in the foster system, only to be rescued by her uncle and aunt, who raised them. Her aunt, whom she calls Grace, is a romance author and travels frequently. Her parents have a son, Trevor, who is a college professor. Jan is a sniper in the Army and her husband is in the Army. They have a seven year old daughter that lives in the Fischer home. This is a strange household but it seems to work for them. Their dad always expects the best from them and he gives the best. He is a fair judge, a Christian man, always doing the right thing. Or is he? Why would someone want to kill a beloved judge? As Aaron and Nina investigate who might have killed her dad, they find out that things are not always how they seem. People are not who they appear to be. People start to die as Aaron and Nina talk to them. On the other hand, Rick is possessive of Nina. He is trying to get into politics and thinks that Nina would be a great wife for him. He does love her but he loves himself more. Aaron and Nina are close but have not taken a step beyond friends. The two guys are jealous of each other. There is friction everywhere. Nina is attacked and Detective King tries to get her to stay out of the investigation but she thinks that she is protecting her family. This is a wild ride with corruption, greed, hurt and surprises. Aaron helps Nina see that she can trust God when others have caused her pain and grief. Nina has to forgive others in order to move forward in her life. Great suspense! I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
TELL HER. NO. LIES by Kelly Irwin Nina hears a whisper, following the sound she goes into her Dad’s office. the gun cabinet is open, and her father was down. A foster dad that had taken Jan and her in and made them his daughters. A state district court judge died in his home. Aaron her best friend had come avoiding the media at the front, yet was a photographer. He had to follow the story no matter how it turned out. Detective King orders all media to stay in the front, and she in the house. Two things he let her know, no forced entry and she was alone in house. She was in the dark room, doing her photos. Rick was Nina boyfriend, his ticket to the social group he wanted, to her just a friend. Would she being calling him as a lawyer. For Nina she wanted her camera lens to observe, and have a buffer of what was going on. King wanted to see her work area, where she lived, third floor, or one would call the attic. Her pictures were of the homeless, he questions her why here, and of them. She could tell he didn’t approve of her, or approve of her family. Telling her, he was determined to get the killer, taking her to the precinct. The plot is superb with the dialog of the Detective King, you can feel his no nonsense attitude, as though he.was bigger than life, determined. Powerful story, you are caught, from that first whisper. For Nina and her sister, a life is shattered when the real person the judge was, become known Readers will welcome and want to read this book. Given ARC by Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire. But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career. Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again. Nina is a complex person. She has trouble trusting anyone and you better not lie to her. There is a lot of twists and turns in this book that I didn't see coming. Who killed the judge was a real surprise. I will say I didn't care for Rick from the beginning of the book. I did like Aaron. He seemed more concerned about Nina than about anyone else. If you like a good mystery, this is it. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.