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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Two -- And Now for M.M. Gornell

It's time to move on to another great summer read, and it's a good one. LIES OF CONVENIENCE is the next book in the "Route 66" series by talented author M.M. Gornell.

Margot Madison-Cross receives one of those dreaded phone calls from her brother, Graham. After a life-threatening accident, he feels it's time to come clean about a family secret that involves his daughter, Camille, and he wants Margot to be the bearer of bad news. By the time Aunt Margot arrives at her final destination, Camille has bad news of her own. There's been a murder in the medical office where she works, and the doctor who is her partner at the clinic is a suspect.

As the title suggests, we lie for convenience, but the results are often disastrous.

From Margot's pristine penthouse on the Chicago shores of Lake Michigan to the unkempt Mojave Desert, location, as usual, plays a prominent character in Gornell's story. As the intrigue builds, the added unpredictability of dry winds and sand storms adds tension and discomfort to the plight of the characters.

As their paths intertwine, the tale takes some surprising turns, some of them prompted by intuition and others by undeniable facts. LIES is another absorbing intrusion into the lives of interesting characters who leave us wanting to know more, and by the end of the book, we feel a little sad that these lives will go on without us. Gornell is a master at making the reader feel as if they've stepped into the middle of living scenes, like when you walk into a room knowing there's been conversation and laughter before you got there.

Standalone mysteries aren't as popular with readers as series books, but LIES OF CONVENIENCE will change that perspective and have you running to the bookstore for Gornell's other mysteries.

Available as a paperback and on Kindle.