Liar, Liar, by M J ARLIDGE

The opening fiery scene is ARLIDGE -Liar Liardramatic in itself, leading on to the realisation there are two other fires in Southampton. Southampton police are desperate to find if there is a link between the fires, and a lead opens when suspicions arise about the owners of the first three properties.

Within a day, three more suspicious fires are set.

Their new DS Jordan Gardam is a micro-manager, to Helen’s discomfort. Her team instinctively trust her orders and follow instructions without pause. The SOC team and officers sift through the remains of the razed homes and buildings, combing among ash and charred remnants for clues, around the dangerously-near to imminent collapse of structural parts of the buildings.

One family tragedy is the start of many, as the arsonist continues. Our old friend Emilia, newspaper investigator and reporter–and fame-seeker–is right on the scene, publishing ‘only the facts’ about the case. Which serves to add fuel to the fire of outrage among the community

Just when we think Helen’s got it sorted–there come more fires, more deaths, more fraying nerves and tempers–and more leads. DI Grace and her team have to put together bits and pieces of information of they had not realised the significance.

We begin to suspect she’s on the wrong tack, and then more pieces of the puzzle take on a new interpretation, leading to the final gripping chapters and unvoiced questions (the answers to which may, or may not, be revealed in a follow-up in the series).

Liar Liar is the fourth in Arlidge’s DI Helen Grace thriller series, Liar Liar fulfils all DI Grace’s fans with the same fascination in her and the team’s progress through the investigation of “a series of carefully calculated acts of murder” as they have found in Eeney Meeney, Pop Goes the Weasel and The Doll’s House.

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Paperback ISBN: 978-0-718-18082-9
Published 2015

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