The Stories You Tell: A Mystery

The Stories You Tell: A Mystery

by Kristen Lepionka


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"Lepionka is setting a high standard for crime fiction." —Booklist (starred review) on What You Want to See

The Stories You Tell is Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author Kristen Lepionka’s heart-pounding third novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats with her signature twists and mile-high stakes.

A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you’re Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew, whose evening was interrupted by an urgent visit from Addison, a hip young DJ and one-time fling, who turns up at his apartment scared and begging to use his phone. She leaves as quickly as she appeared, but now Andrew is worried—especially when Addison never makes it home and her friends and family demand to know where she is. As the police begin to suspect that something may have happened to her, and that Andrew is involved, Roxane tracks Addison’s digital footprint as she goes deeper and deeper into the events preceding her disappearance. Meanwhile, a cop is found dead on the opposite side of town, leading to a swirl of questions surrounding a dance club whose staff—which includes Addison—has suddenly gone AWOL. As Roxane struggles to distinguish the truth from the stories people tell about themselves online, it's clear that the mystery of Addison's whereabouts is just the beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250309358
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Series: Roxane Weary , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 82,288
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

KRISTEN LEPIONKA is the Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See. She grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. She is a co-founder of the feminist podcast Unlikeable Female Characters, and she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

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The Stories You Tell: A Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 2 days ago
Book three in the Roxane Weary series, The Stories You Tell is an amazing detective book all on its own. Full disclosure, I have not read book one or two and didn't need to, to thoroughly enjoy this one a lot. The plot was an involved, complex, mystery with many secrets seeking the light of day. What I liked is that I was caught up with the main story-line and with each reveal, I was thinking what did this information mean? I kept changing my opinion of who was responsible for what. Very exciting and fast paced with lot of atmosphere and ambiance. The characters were three dimensional and very interesting with a lot of background and depth. The wonderfully written dialogue helps advance the story. Overall, the novel did capture my attention which is my major criteria for a high star rating. I loved that the heroine was strong and intelligent. The disclosure at the end was the perfect ending. This was a new author for me and I look forward to reading the first two books and also the next book in this series, I would like to see where Roxane goes next.
NJ_Reader19 6 days ago
Roxane Weary seems to getting her life in some order when her brother Andrew ends up in jail. Suddenly she's thrust into a search for a missing woman while her sometimes-lover Catherine takes off for a conference in Rhode Island and the second anniversary of her father's death approaches. The first book in this series moved at a breakneck pace and reflected Roxane's inner turmoil. In the next two books, the pace has slowed down as Roxane changes her outlook and becomes more settled. The Stories You Tell provides an unexpected twist as Roxane manages to figure out things at the end. Looking forward to more in this series. I received a digital ARC via NetGalley.
labmom55 8 days ago
This series is a straight forward PI series. This time the story involves a missing person. Roxane gets a weird call from her brother late at night. A gal he had a two night stand with showed up late at night at his apartment . Disheveled, frantic. She makes a phone call and then leaves. When Roxane tries to relieve his mind the next day by checking up on her, it appears the woman has gone missing. And her place of employment, a night club across the street from her brother’s apartment has closed unexpectedly. I liked Roxane. Unlike so many PI characters, she’s fairly solid other than a tendency to sometimes drink too much, a tendency she inherited from her dead policeman father. The plot gets twisted as we go along. There are lots of characters here, but it’s never difficult to keep track of them or of the multiplying plot lines. The book has a great dark, gritty atmosphere. This kept my interest throughout and I had no clue how it would end. My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this book.
Book_Grams 8 days ago
The Stories You Tell is Kristen Lepionka’s third mystery featuring quick witted Private Investigator Roxane Weary. When Roxane receives a late night phone call from her brother Andrew, she’s instantly roped into yet another string of tangled events. Addison, an ex flame and previous coworker of Andrew’s, showed up to his apartment hysterical and begging to use his phone. She seemingly called her father and then took off into the night. Not only is Addison missing, but the nightclub she works at has closed down and the owner and bouncer are nowhere to be found. To make matters worse, a cop has been found dead across town. This is my favorite detective series by far. Lepionka’s series is not your typical police mystery, the way she weaves the storyline through Roxane’s thought processes and conversations is spot on and makes the story easy to follow. Roxane is relatable and smart, I love being inside her head as she works out these multi-layered plots. Although this book could be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting with book one. We really see Roxane’s character development progress throughout the books, as well as her personal relationships. This was a solid 5 star read! Thank you to Netgalley and Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Ms-Hurst 8 days ago
Roxana is a private investigator. One night she gets a call from her brother. He is worried about a woman who has come to his apartment in a panic and left suddenly. She is someone he knew before and now she is missing. He last call, on the brother's phone, was a panic whispered message to her father. It became apparent quickly that this was part of a series. That didn't make it hard to follow the story, just curious about some of the backstory of the characters. Reading this one made me want to go back and read the ones before. It was fast-paced and easy to read. It had plenty of clues, to help the reader solve the mystery along with the detective, and lots of action. Most of all, I liked Rox. She was flawed without being a total mess. She responded to things in a natural way. She actually did the work and didn't just wait for the information to come to her (I've read too many like that lately. Heck, I even like the Ohio setting. I will be reading more in the series as soon as I can.
diane92345 9 days ago
Roxane is a complex, underworked private investigator trying to save her brother from a murder charge in the Stories You Tell. When her brother Andrew calls Roxane in the middle of the night, she comes running. Andrew is worried about a former co-worker and one-time (or maybe two time) lover, Addison. Addison arrived at his house earlier bloody and incoherent. She then ran off before he could get the whole story. Work has been slow for PI Roxane so she agrees to check on the girl. Roxane discovers Addison really is missing and she worked at the nightclub across the street from Andrew’s home. When Addison’s father reports her missing, Andrew is the police’s number one suspect. Roxane decides she must solve the crime to prevent Andrew from being indicted for murder. Stories You Tell is a character-driven police procedural where the winter setting in Ohio almost feels like a character too. Roxane’s relationships are the heart of the book with lover Catherine, ex-lover Tom who was also her dead policeman father’s partner, and her brother Andrew. There are many mysteries to solve within this book but the clues are carefully hidden making it a fun tale for armchair detectives. Overall, the book received 4 stars from me. I’m looking forward to reading the earlier, and subsequent, books in this series. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
pattyh58 10 days ago
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The Stories you Tell by Kristen Lepionka. This is my first read by thie author and it is a series book. When Roxanne gets a call from her brother, Andrew, in the middle of a cold night, she is irritated but goes to see him. Andrew is distraught about a woman who was at his apartment but left mysteriously. Andrew is acting strange, but that's usual for him. He wants Roxanne to help find her and make sure she is ok. This is what Roxanne does and so she sets out to find this woman, but finds out alot more. And soon the police are looking at Andrew because this woman can't be found and Andrew looks like a prime suspect. Solid plot, good characters. 3.5 stars
Lynn Shokoples 11 days ago
Twists and Turns in this fabulous mystery. Roxane Weary is a Private Detective who answers a call from her brother Andrew who is in a state of panic over a late night visitor. Roxanne quickly becomes involved in the case of Addison who has seemed to vanish after visiting her brother. The story quickly evolves into more than just the disappearance of Addison but also the mystery of another cop searching for Addison. Is the nightclub where Addison worked which is now suddenly closed a clue? Could it be the mobsters would run the nightclub? How is it all connected? Can Roxanne figure it all out before Andrew is charged in Addison’s case? This is the first book I have read in this series. I loved the character of Roxanne who is intelligent, caring, witty and and strong. Everything you need in a female lead character. This definitely can be read as a stand alone novel as Kristen Lepionka does a fabulous job of filling you in on the back story of Roxanne. I thoroughly enjoyed how the story twists and turns and how new characters were introduced. Thank you so much to St.Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book to review. It was fabulous!
Jolie 11 days ago
If you have been following this blog long enough, y’all know how much I hate reading books out of order if they are in a series. So when I realized that The Stories You Tell was the 3rd book in the Roxane Weary series, I did a facepalm. I prepared myself for being lost while reading this book. Well, I lucked out. The Stories You Tell can be read as a standalone book. I enjoyed The Stories You Tell storyline. I thought that the storyline was well written. There was a little lag in the middle of the book. That happened right around when Andrew got arrested. But the book got back on track shortly afterward. I liked Roxane. She committed to finding Addison after Andrew called her that night. She was also committed to finding out the truth when Andrew got arrested. I was iffy about her relationship with Catherine. I don’t know what went down in the first two books, but there was a disconnect between them the beginning. I was also confused about what was going on with Tom. The end of the book didn’t help with my confusion. The mystery angle of the book was well written. The author did a fantastic job keeping where Addison was and what happened that night at the club under wraps. There were several other storylines (the dead ex-cop, the missing club staff, and the dating app) that were spun off from the main plotline. The author also did a fantastic job of combining all the secondary plotlines into the first one. When she started doing it, it didn’t make sense. But, after the scene with Brock, it began to make sense. The end of The Stories You Tell was intense. It went lightning fast from the moment Roxane started putting things together. For a brief minute, I did think Jordy was in on what Elise was doing. But my mind was changed shortly after that.