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False Impressions (Megan Scott & Michael Elliott #1)

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Montreal ghostwriter Megan Scott falls under police suspicion when her husband and a female companion are found murdered. In what a Quebec detective calls a crime of passion, startling evidence surfaces to implicate Michael Elliott, a young investigative reporter who'd rather rub elbows with scumbags than live the posh lifestyle he inherited. Clutched out of her comfort zo...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Vemcort Publishing (first published May 27th 2012)
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    Lynne King
    My reading is eclectic. I love biographies, gardening books, thrillers, astronomy, cookery books; you name it and I will read it but the ones that I love and keep in my library all have one thing in common, they have that magical “je ne sais quoi” quality that wants me to read them and read them, and keep them to read again. To this day, I don’t know what makes a great book but I do indeed know one when I read one.

    The elements are good for this mystery: Based in Montreal (to me a very exotic cit...more
    JoAnne
    was pleasantly surprised by this novel. While I expected the mystery to be decent, I certainly did not expect it to be something I could not put down. It definitely held my interest.

    Megan's husband, Tom, is a salesman and travels quite often for his job. Megan is a ghostwriter. The police arrive at Megan's home one day and inform her that her husband is dead. And that a female was found along with him. She is devastated; partly because she thought they had a happy marriage, partly because they w...more
    Gail Baugniet
    Seamless Plot and Escalating Suspicions

    Set in Montreal, this debut crime fiction novel by author Sandra Nikolai is loaded with intriguing characters that continued to hold my interest as it wove a story of a betrayed wife, Megan Scott, and a criminal investigator, Michael Elliott.

    As a bit of a movie buff, I found the premise of False Impressions reminiscent of the 1999 movie Random Hearts starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas who, after their marriage partners die in a plane crash, dis...more
    Susan Anderson
    I just loved FALSE IMPRESSIONS, a mystery by Sandra Nikolai. It’s got a tight story line, a strong voice, and love is in the air between its two main characters, Megan and Michael. It’s got minor characters who are exploding with jealousy and who fall over one another chasing the men they’re burning for—so what’s not to like?

    Ghostwriter Megan Scott becomes a suspect when her husband and his companion are found murdered. Startling evidence surfaces to implicate a young investigative reporter, Mic...more
    Melodie Ramone
    I'm so proud! I knew who the killer was. But was it predictable? Uh, no. Not at all. I actually thought I was wrong and it was the other two or three obvious choices. Needless to say, Sandra Nickolai filled False Impressions with enough shade, confusion, details, questions, twists, and turns that it kept me guessing until about 97% through the book. That would be...yes. The second to last chapter. The last chapter just tied it all up. Brilliant.

    I truly enjoyed this book with it's full bodied cha...more
    Mary Metcalfe
    Nikolai's debut is stellar. Strong central character in Megan, great side-kick in Michael - strong team together. Set in Montreal, this story moves along beautifully, with plenty of atmosphere, strong suspense, plenty of twists and turns and several wonderful and plenty bad characters. The good guys win, but not without a long and stressful fight. This is weekend reading at its very best. I'm just waiting for the next installment!
    Ivana Ciglar

    Great mystery novel !

    Suspense, crime, clues, false accusations... One hell of a ride!

    Montreal ghostwriter Megan Scott falls under suspicion of murdering her husband, Thomas Scott and her best friend, Pamela Strober when their bodies are found at a cottage in Pineview. The autopsy declares that they were murdered by cyanide poisoning. Detectives in charge turn to the most obvious suspect, the wife. She had the perfect motive, a cheating husband and a backstabbing friend. When they discover she wa...more
    Charles Stubbs
    High tension, clever plot

    When freelance ghostwriter Megan Scott learns of the sudden deaths of her husband and a female friend, found together in a holiday resort chalet, her world starts spinning out of control. What were they doing there together? And who would murder them both? Megan looks for support from one of her clients, Michael Elliott, an investigative reporter. But soon Megan and Michael become the prime suspects in the police investigation. While Michael’s friend Dan, their lawyer, f...more
    Carmen Amato
    FALSE IMPRESSIONS by Canadian author Sandra Nikolai was a real gem, a nicely composed whodunit that shies away from gore and violence in favor of a dialogue-driven narrative in which the characters’ brainstorming sessions take center stage. Am I mixing metaphors? Maybe. Go buy the book.

    I always like reading mysteries that are set in different places and Nikolai puts the reader right in downtown Montreal, giving us a sense of the French influence as well as the shops, restaurants, subway system,...more
    Joyce Strand
    FALSE IMPRESSIONS offers readers a fun mystery with a great puzzle and just enough romance!

    I was immediately enticed into this who-done-it with the opening line, “If Id known I would be visiting the morgue just weeks after…” The pace never lets up, and it was hard to stop reading for a dinner break. Told from first person point-of-view, we learn about her protagonist gradually, meet and learn about characters from her perspective, and solve the crime through her eyes. As a lover of mysteries, I...more
    Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    I finished this book when my computer crashed so I am just able to update a review. Want a real who-done-it? This book you wont put down. Mystery surrounds it throughout and even I couldnt find out who did it. Megan Scott's husband is found dead with a woman and the story begins. She is thrown into an investigation which makes her look like the guilty party....is she? and who wants her killed?

    Cant say more or I will give it away...definitely a must-read....and this is only Book 1 - Sandra Nikol...more
    Brian Benson
    False Impressions is a top rate mystery/thriller, set in Montreal. I really liked the the way Nikolai used the characters in her story. She introduced them like paintings in an art gallery, letting me focus on which one to choose. Thus, the dilemma, which one? She sprinkled in just enough information throughout to keep me guessing, then tied it up all very neatly at the end. I highly recommend this very thoughtfully produced mystery, and cannot wait to read her next offering Fatal Whispers. Cong...more
    Misha Crews
    Megan Scott has a good job, a best friend and a loving husband. Then in one cruel swoop, all of that is taken away. Megan is now a widow, practically friendless, and the prime suspect in her husband's murder. It's not long before Megan's own life is in danger. This is a deftly-crafted mystery that kept me guessing until the killer's identity was revealed. Full of beautiful descriptions of Montreal, interesting characters and grim jeopardy. A very enjoyable book and highly recommended!
    Melissa
    I LOVED this book! I had no clue who the killer was, it was a total surprise! I also loved that the story is in Montreal, since I live there, I could see the major places in my head. English is my second language, and it was really easy for me to follow; I even had to restrain myself from reading it too fast :) I discovered a new author, and I will buy any other books that Sandra Nikolai will write.
    Kristine
    I enjoyed this book. It was a easy book to read with a lot of suspense. I will admit that I figured out the mystery fairly early on but I tend to do that with most books I read. I look forward to reading the next book in the Megan and Michael series. It was neat to read a book by an author that lives in the same general area as me.
    Martha
    I received False Impressions by Sandra Nikolai free from Goodreads.com and totally enjoyed the mystery. I didn't outguess the mystery and was surprised by the ending. I liked the way the relationships built throughout the story. This is my kind of story A good murder mystery. Thanks.
    Jeremy
    Perfect pacing, sympathetic characters, a believable plot and resolution, what more can you ask for? Kudos to Mrs. Nikolai on a stunning debut, this deserves a much wider publication.
    Abha
    I had a lot of suspects while reading this. It was a nice, not overly done, whodunnit mystery. Will check out the next book in the series since I liked both Megan and Michael.
    Diane
    When can we expect your next book,Sandra. I found this well thought out and a fun read. please bring on more.
    Shelly Zielinski
    I really enjoyed book. I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for the next one.
    Montserrat Bouvier
    Pleasantly surprised! Looking forward to the next one.
    Todd Fonseca
    False Impressions: Just When You Thought You Knew Who To Trust...

    Rating: 4 of 5
    Author: Sandra Nikolai
    Format: Kindle, Paperback

    Megan Scott and her husband Tom seem to have it all, their future bright. Working as an editor at Bradford publishing, Megan excels working with different clients in various fields keeping her energized notwithstanding the office politics. Her husband Tom's work selling multimedia software lands him promotion after promotion increasing their income substantially. Unfortun...more
    Stephanie Urch
    I received a copy of this book free from Goodreads First Reads.

    I had a hard time deciding on a rating to give this. On the one hand, I really really enjoyed reading it. It was a great mystery and it really did keep me guessing about certain things all the way through. I was correct in my suspicion of who the killer was, but I didn't know any of the details behind it, and it was really well done in how those were revealed. Plus I loved the relationship between Michael and Megan. On the other hand...more
    Kathrine
    Enjoyable mystery that kept me guessing. I suspected who the killer was (and was ultimately correct), but a couple of times there was just enough doubt introduced to make me question my suspicions. The "one" thing that made me really think about whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars was the over the top feelings/wording that often came from Megan. Maybe I've watched too many episodes of Law & Order. Of course she was questioned - she was the wife. Yet, Megan often commented on how determined or...more
    Lili
    Really enjoyed reading this, the pace was alert and the surprises keep croping up.
    I also liked the romantic angle, really interesting developing.

    I recommend it for lovers of mistery books!
    Dawn
    I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

    I did enjoy "False Impressions" by Sandra Nikolai.

    The first 2 chapters were a little bit "plodding", but the pace and flow soon picked up. The writing is honest and smooth, and the story line is entertaining.

    "False Impressions" is written in the first person, from the perspective of Megan Scott. Despite being the main character, I didn't really have any feelings towards Megan either way. There's nothing that endeared her to me...more
    Sheridan
    Jul 04, 2014 Sheridan marked it as to-read
    I'm very excited to read this! It's a new story for myself and I hope I will have a chance to read it :)
    Lori
    I have received this book through Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review.

    I enjoyed this, I think it was a nice mystery book, different from others I have read. However, there was a bit too much woman on woman hate in it for my liking. I understand that some of it was necessary for the plot, but I would have liked to see some more balanced relationships as well.

    3 stars.
    David Holland
    Only started this book on Monday but could not put it down.

    From page 1 to the very end you are on a rollercoaster ride with Megan and Michael.

    Suspicion is thrown at so many characters throughout the chapters that you do not know who is responsible until the very last second.

    An absolutely brilliant book and one I would definitely want to read again!
    MaryJo Dawson
    This is Sandra Nicholai's first novel. what stands out is her knowledge of Montreal, and clear descriptions of her subject matter. this is a good read for those who enjoy a modern whodunit, featuring a young career woman whose husband's sudden and violent death expose her to the shocking truth of his double life, and place her as a suspect for murder.
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