Debra Burroughs has made a mystery reader out of me. 'The Scent of Lies,' caught my attention on the first page and kept me engaged until the last. Main character, Emily Parker, is a likable, vulnerable, sassy, hotheaded, smart woman surrounded by loving friends. When she discovers a woman's phone number in her late private detective husband's jacket, she begins to realize, she doesn't know a thing about why her husband was killed six months ago. Her rabid thoughts begin to form while she also finds some real inconsistencies in her late husband's life. She is left to wonder, 'Was our marriage a lie?'
Unlike most chicken hearted women, Emily makes a move to find out the truth. She calls the number and sets up a meeting with the mysterious woman. And, that my friend is when the fun begins. Delia is the woman who hired Emily's husband to uncover the truth about hers, Richard Vega.
The mystery drama in 'Scent of Lies' is not heavy nor crude. The cleverly crafted story takes the reader on an engaging romp through hidden clues, romance, crime and murder. Oh, before I forget, Delia runs a multimillion dollar company called, Heaven Scent, which is all a girl needs to smell a rat. The story is fun and charming as Emily and Delia become friends and stand together even as another murder occurs, this time Delia needs all the help and girlfriends she can muster. Emily meantime, bristles and melts in the presence of the semi-set-up-date between the new man in town - who happens to be the new police private detective in Paradise Valley.
Right from the start, it's evident, Emily is fortunate to have a wonderful group of contemporary friends who are familiar characters to most reader's lives. Burroughs has created strong, colorful, loyal women who perceive the bonds of friendship through thick and thin.
Scent of Lies is a good book that is a fully rounded story with juicy bits of intrigue, romance, stubbornness, greed, kindness, friendship and hope for the future. But....Ms. Burroughs, please, who killed Emily's husband? I think there is another story there.