Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
288 Pages
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Charlotte had a lot to prove. Especially to her father who thought she would always be, like her mother, second rate in her profession, or at least she was in his eyes. Often she had fantasised about shoving her ground-breaking research down his throat, literally. She was comfortable, lived in a nice house with her husband, Harold, had lovers on the side, and always got what she wanted. She had thought the complexities of her work were beyond the understanding of her husband, but he had seen something that had changed their relationship forever. But was it something to kill over? Her husband's car is found ploughed into a building, two bullets piercing his head, suspicion falls on her, and soon people are pawing through her life with a fine toothed comb. Is she capable of murder, or is there another secret behind her husband's demise?

Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder is a well planned, well conceived murder mystery, with characters that you will enjoy learning more about as the plot progresses. Ginny Fite sprinkles the plot with subtleties designed to both guide and mislead the reader to the ultimate conclusion. As a fan of murder mysteries, I found this to be one book I had a hard time putting down. There is so much attention to detail that you're not reading the story, you're living it, trying to piece together events before the final revelation. As the title suggests, lies, cheating, and murder are woven into the plot, and the author's style of backtracking to previous events in order to paint a fuller picture of both characters and circumstances is impeccably executed. I'll certainly be keeping an eye open for more work by Ginny Fite, and this book will win the hearts of lovers of the genre.

Deborah Lloyd

When Harold Munson’s car ran into the side of the Weigle Insurance Company office building, Detective Sam Lagarde of the West Virginia State Police Troop 2 Command became the main investigator. Harold had gunshots wounds to his head. Sam and his new partner, Corporal Jim Taylor, began the search for the killer. Harold’s wife of five years, Dr. Charlotte Rolle, was a beautiful and brilliant research scientist, working on a cure for brain cancer. Harold had been a successful commercial real estate broker. They were in the middle of contentious divorce proceedings, and both of them had been unfaithful during their marriage. Sam and Jim conduct a thorough and logical search. Every clue is carefully considered.

Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder, written by Ginny Fite, has an entertaining and imaginative plot. One of the strongest characteristics of this book is the diverse cast of characters, and each one was fully developed. The loving relationship of Sam and his live-in partner, Beverly, adds a calming counterbalance to the murders and infidelities of the victim and the group of possible suspects. Likewise, the author reveals the motivations and vulnerabilities of the other researchers in Charlotte’s lab. The writing is skillfully executed; there is a smooth flow to the story, even with the numerous flashbacks to past events. Author Ginny Fite has presented an engaging murder mystery in Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally…Murder. This is a real page-turner, with many surprising twists and turns – perfect for a rainy day!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder by Ginny Fite is a romping good murder mystery. The car plows through the walls of the insurance company, the driver slumped over the wheel. At first glance, it would appear he was drunk, but then there are the bullet holes and the blood. Who would want Harold Munson dead, and why? The finger is pointed at his wife, Charlotte, a brilliant scientist. But, while she may love science and having sex with strangers, she claims that she wants nothing more than to cure brain cancer and win a Nobel Prize. And, if that means she has to fake some of her research and leave a litter of dead bodies in her wake, then that’s what she will do. Detective Sam Lagarde is on the case, but Harold isn’t the only body he will stumble over. With dogged determination, Lagarde gets on the trail to uncover the truth.

Lying, Cheating and Occasionally…Murder by Ginny Fite is a fabulous read. What a story – this is one of those roller coaster reads, with ups and downs, twists and turns, and so many times I thought I had got it figured out. Boy, was I wrong! I swear, no reader is going to want to put this one down until it is all over - I certainly did it, this one was read in one sitting. This is a masterfully written story with a great plot and plenty of action. The character development is great, you really get to know who they are and understand what drives them. This is a combination of murder, suspense, mystery and a little bit of thriller thrown in for good measure. Excellent story, I thoroughly recommend this book and any others written by Ms. Fite to any murder mystery fan.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

When Harold Munson is shot and crashes his car into an insurance agency in the middle of the night, it seems like a clear case of a divorce gone wrong. His wife, Charlotte Rolle, certainly has the means and motive. But things aren't always as they seem, and Detective Sam Lagarde soon finds that the brilliant scientists in the panhandle of West Virginia might be smart, but they aren't infallible and have their own weaknesses and blind spots. As the investigation rolls on and another dead body enters the mix, it becomes clear that the lives of both individuals in this discontented couple are more complex and sinister than the successful personas they put forward in public. What's more, their own friends might or might not be the kind of friends they need.

Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder by Ginny Fite is a brilliant mystery that mixes science and suspense in just the right doses to keep you turning pages (and meeting interesting characters) until the end. I enjoyed this book not only because of the mix of science and suspense, but because it's intriguing to see smart people act so dumb. The characters are believable and susceptible to their own humanity in ways that you wouldn't think possible - and yet, it is. Ambition and pride can set blind spots that render even the most intelligent, successful, and capable people weak, and this book is a compelling journey down that spiral. Ginny Fite has done an excellent job at weaving an interesting and amazing tale. I highly recommend Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder. Well worth a five star review!

Ankita Shukla

What does one expect in a murder mystery? I, as a reader, look for an intriguing investigation, gripping suspense, occasional drama, deceptive characters, and a charismatic detective who has a life beyond the case that he is working on. Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder by Ginny Fite ticks all these boxes. The plot begins when Harold Munson is found dead in his car. It could have been closed as a drunken driving case if it weren't for two bullets holes in the driver's side window. Detective Sam Lagarde is given the case. He does not believe in speculation but his girlfriend, Beverly, has no such reservations. She has taken an interest in Harold Munson's case and has a strong suspicion that his wife, Charlotte Rolle, is somehow involved in his murder. According to her, Harold must be having an affair, his wife would have found out about it, hence she conspired in his murder. The investigation, however, did not turn out that straightforward. Sam very quickly realizes that this case will need all his attention and time. He and his new partner, Corporal Jim Taylor, must move fast or risk this case joining a long list of cold cases.

The most amusing aspect of Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally...Murder by Ginny Fite is its diverse cast of characters. There are scientists, detectives, techies, business partners, and more. The job profiles are so varied that it's hard not to be hooked. The author does not shy away from throwing a little bit of significant light onto each of these careers. Charlotte Rolle is a scientist who would do anything to prove her value to her father. She wants to achieve fame and will not tolerate anything or anyone being an obstacle in her path. She is career-oriented and driven, but with an ulterior motive. I joined her team since the author narrated her past. This is a very handy technique to connect readers to the characters. If I know somebody's past, I find myself understanding them, and thus relating to them. I mentioned only Charlotte because, against my better judgment, I liked her character a lot. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She is not afraid to be judged by society. I like her feistiness.

If you read closely, you will realize that the author has made the book much more than just a murder investigation. Of course, the primary genre remains murder mystery, but there are many threads that have come together to make this a story worth your time. Sam's fear of a lonely life without Beverly, Charlotte's insane quest to throw her success in her father's face, a child's need to seek acceptance in the eyes of their parents, the effects of the generation gap, and a man's tendency to think from his crotch are the emotional and practical parameters that enhanced my interest in this book. I am amazed by the author's knowledge of medicine and science. Either the author has worked in these fields or has devoted an incredible amount of time researching these. I enjoyed every second of reading this book. This book is a treat for readers looking for a fast-paced and gripping murder mystery filled with several twists, emotions, and sexual dramas.