Lily White Lie

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
276 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2018
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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite

Lily White Lie by Connie Chappell is a thriller set in Ohio in the United States. The main character, Wrenn Grayson, works part time for the mayor of Havens and also contributes historical pieces for the local paper. She lives on the edge of town with her long-time partner Gideon and, when the story opens, we learn that he is away for a week on a hunting trip, out of cell phone range. Thanksgiving is approaching, a difficult time of year for Gideon as it was then that his father left, on the run from the FBI, and no one knows where he is. Enter Bret Kilmore, who tells Wrenn he is an old friend of Gideon’s and, against her will, moves into the cottage. There is political intrigue by an unsavory character attempting to unseat the mayor, Wrenn is asked to investigate the history of a pocket watch found in the church tower, and then Wrenn receives bunches of white lilies with threatening messages.

There are many characters in Lily White Lie who could be responsible for the threats on Wrenn's life. The plot is quite complex, but her character leaps off the page. I particularly enjoyed the banter between her and Bret Kilmore, who foists himself on her with the excuse that he must wait for her boyfriend’s return from a hunting trip in a week’s time. There are several red herrings, many people to distrust, and a Christmas carnival to organize. The story also includes many interesting facts about heraldry and the historical construction of churches. I found the accounts of how Wrenn researched the past particularly interesting. A cozy mystery that is easy to read and I enjoyed it.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Lily White Lie by Connie Chappell is a mystery story, part of the Wrenn Grayson series. Wrenn Grayson has been getting some odd messages, lilies, and a pocket watch with some engravings on it and she managed to trace them back to Gideon, the love of her life, and his father. She can't contact them though because Gideon is on a deer hunt in the wilderness and his father disappeared after unearthing a money-laundering scheme. Bret Kilmore is a spy and he thinks Wrenn has it all wrong. He thinks the messages are threats against her. The lilies are death flowers. Can Wrenn truly trust Brett though? He arrived at the same time as the messages started. The pocket watch is counting down the hours, the time that Wrenn no longer has to solve the mystery while the danger continues to grow.

Lily White Lie by Connie Chappell is an intriguing tale of mystery. It is one of those stories that you truly have to concentrate on otherwise you miss a vital clue! I’ve not read any of the Wrenn Grayson stories before and I must say that I was impressed with this one, enough to want to read the others. It is written in a professional yet friendly tone with a great plot. I love mystery stories, especially those that really keep you guessing like this one did. There are loads of twists and turns, plenty of action, and some truly great characters that remain in your memory long after the book is done. A real page-turner, well suited for sleuthing fans.