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Evil in All Its Disguises (Lily Moore Mystery #3)

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Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder with Evil in All Its Disguises.

When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, Mexico, she expects sun, sand, and margaritas. Instead, she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a pla
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Forge Books (first published March 5th 2013)
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Carole Barrowman
In Davidson's "Evil in All Its Disguises" (Forge, $25.99), Lily Moore, a travel journalist, takes a junket to Acapulco where a friend asks for her help with an exposé, one that may or may not be motivated by payback rather than journalistic principles. When her friend goes missing, Lily investigates, discovering the Acapulco of the brochures is miles from the dangerous reality she faces. Davidson's book pulses with psychological suspense, especially as Lily's delightful holiday becomes a dangero ...more
Vince Darcangelo
If I were writing a one-word review of Hilary Davidson’s Evil in All Its Disguises, released March 5, that word would be: incongruous. And it would be a massive compliment.

In this subtle crime novel, the third in the Lily Moore series, Davidson drops us in an Escher-like room of distorted realities. Everything looks normal, just slightly askew, and it’s these atmospheric incongruities that make Evil such an enjoyable read.

For series initiates, such as myself, Lily Moore is a travel writer with a
When travel writer Lily Moore signs on for an all-expenses-paid press trip to Acapulco, Mexico, she expects to spend a few days seeing the sights and being pampered in a ritzy hotel. She does not, however, expect for said ritzy hotel to be owned by her ex-fiancé. Or for fellow travel journalist Skye McDermott to vanish in the middle of dinner, just moments after dropping hints to Lily about a new exposé on which she’s working – an exposé that may or may not be about said ex-fiancé. And yet…

This book had tons of twists and turns. The author is very good at presenting a subject and all the reasons why he or she is the abductor (or killer), then revealing new information that clearly shows the perpetrator is someone else. The setting was exotic but the author reveals the seediness beneath the facade (remind me never to visit Aculpulco alone!). This is not the first book in the series, and though there was quite a bit I was missing having not read those, it didn't take away from the s ...more
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David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

This is an advance uncorrected proof, so it loofs like a generic book with a plain white cover and simple black print.Strangely enough, I feel that the "non-cover" actually works for the story.

This is a twisted, convulted tale of betrayal,revenge and murder.There are multiple people doing multiple acts for mutiple reasons all twined together.There aren't really that many red herrings,more just different plots and schemes running at the same time so they all s
Davidson pays homage to the locked-room mysteries of Poe, the whodunits of Agatha Christie, and she knows the ins and outs of complex character and story arc, but what really drives her work, the element that has been present in all three books but is most gloriously on display here is the mood she conjures through her profound appreciation for the very best of Hollywood. The Golden Age. Film Noir. New Hollywood. Whatever your preference, whatever you want to call it, it's the timeless appeal. T ...more
Shonna Froebel
Lily Moore is back again, this time invited to Acapulco by a travel PR agent to write up the area. But Lily's first encounter besides the hotel staff is another travel writer, Skye McDermott, who is very unhappy and not like the Skye Lily is used to. In the middle of a discussion Skye excuses herself and never returns, leaving Lily with her purse and all its contents.
The next thing Lily discovers is the hotel has changed ownership, a fact that would have changed her mind about coming on the trip
Benoit Lelievre
I was a little worried about reading EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES, because unlike the two previous Lily Moore volumes, I thought the title was corny and feared it betrayed an exhaustion of the author with this particular universe. Boy, was I ever wrong. This is by far the best volume in the series and it says a lot, coming from an author who has such a high standard for herself.

What blows my mind about the Lily Moore novels is Hilary Davidson's ability to completely break with what she established
With her third Lily Moore novel, Hilary Davidson ups the ante. In Evil In All Its Disguises her protagonist moves from a developing character to someone considerably more fleshed out, and the result is harrowing! I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews so suffice it to say that Lily's personality foibles, which are both her strength and weakness, allow her to get trapped in a nightmarish situation from which she has the slimmest of escapes. Lily spends practically the entire story examining and re ...more
The plot of this book is very good and the suspense keeps your interest all the way through.

The book continues the story of travel journalist Lily Moore as she first appeared in The Damage Done. In this book, Lily is greeted by a poisonous snake slithering across the floor as she is checking into Hotel Ceron in Acapulco. She should have followed her instincts and left the hotel but she stayed and her life was in danger. One of her travel journalist friends goes missing and no one seems to be co
I really enjoy all of Hilary Davidson's books, but I have come to love Lily Moore, travel writer and sleuth. Because of Davidson's travel writing background, the mysteries grab readers from page one. Always exotic locales and how wonderful that Lily can bump into a murder anywhere in the world. Evil in All its Disguises has Lily on a press junket to Acapulco when one of the travel writers disappears. I won't say much more than that, except to say if you haven't read Hilary's other books - you w ...more
Walter Cascade
"Evil in All Its Disguises" is the third of Hilary Davidson’s Lily Moore novels but it's the first I've read. It doesn't matter because it is strong enough to stand alone. It takes you on a wild ride, full of twists and turns that keep surprising you - even when you think you know where it's going, Davidson takes you in an entirely different (but enjoyable) direction. Vivid and rich in detail, it is a well-written book that has the richness of a movie.

I can't wait to pick up more in this series.
Brandon Nagel
Another winner from Hilary Davidson! I have really come to like and understand Lily and cannot wait for the next book (hopefully!). Davidson is one of the most unique voices out there. If you have not read her before, I suggest starting at the beginning with THE DAMAGE DONE. Highly recommended. Might be the best of the three books, although I loved all of them.
Hilary Davidson's third installment in the adventures of Lily Moore is a solid crime novel and true to the series. The book builds suspence right from the opening and shows the protagonist becoming more savvy about spotting and confronting the ill intentions of those she meets. If this is your genre, it's definitely worth a read.
Whodunits For Dummies. I've never listened to a book before where snippets of conversations were repeated ad nauseam--as if the reader/listener were incapable of keeping track of the "complicated" plot without constant updates. Sorry, but that wasn't really a problem--Scooby Doo had more complex mysteries.

And then there's the romance novel portion, which took up about one entire disc (out of 8). Tepid at best and didn't advance the plot. Waste of time; could've skipped it without missing anythi
Characters that evolve at a human pace plus the twists and turns and secrets and red herrings are what make the Lily Moore series by Hilary Davidson so very, um, "more-ish". As in "give us more!"
Kevin Egan
Seriously menacing characters, a claustrophobically well-drawn setting, terrific pacing, and, just when you think you and Lily can relax, Hilary Davidson creates several more layers of intrigue. All this can be said in one word -- masterful.
My review of Evil in All It's Disguises can be viewed at Jen's Book Thoughts.
Robin Spano
This book will mess with your mind in the most deliciously fun way. Chick lit meets thriller in Hilary Davidson's fabulous third novel.
Catherine Woodman
The protagonist in this book (by an author that I have not read before) is a travel book writer--which is a job that I would love to have at this point in my life. Unfortuantely, the trip that is featured in this book is really a trap. She goes to Acapulco (which is depicted as a town that is part its prime in a tourism way--(which is consistent with my visit 15 years ago)--so why she agreed to go is a bit of a mystery, but she is kept captive, needs to be rescued, and gradually unravels who all ...more
Great mystery, intriguing main character - I'm going back to read the two previous books.
New author for me and I will look for other novels
Emily Klein
Excellent! Each one is better than the last!
I found Lily Moore with Hilary Davidson's first book, The Damage Done. What I loved about it, and the subsequent book in the series, was that it contained a good plot, characters that continued to grow and adjust to what life brought their way, and wonderful glimpses of other locations. Evil in All Its Disguises picks up after The Next One to Fall (though I think there's enough background given that each book could be read out of the series.) It also has an in person return of the delicious Brux ...more
A well written mystery with a lot of suspense. Probably slightly too hard edged to be a true cozy mystery, this book definitely falls within the larger definition of that category.

The majority of the story takes place over the course of a weekend in Acapulco. Travel writer Lily Moore arrives on a press junket and almost immediately finds herself in the middle of a mystery when fellow travel writer Skye McDermott suddenly disappears… or is it a mystery? Maybe it’s simply a case of the somewhat f
Set in Acapulco, Lily Moore, a travel writer, joins a group of colleagues on an organized tour in the newly renovated Hotel Ceron—or so she thinks. It was all arranged, specifically for a reason. Her associate Skye McDermott is murdered. It seems she was writing about corruption in the hotel industry. Is that the reason for her death? But no one seems to know who Skye was targeting or what she wrote. Mysterious happenings before Lily finds out what the truth is. A Tom Doherty Associates Book
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

The premise to this story was pretty spooky - being trapped at a mostly deserted hotel in a drug ridden, corrupt city like Acapulco. Who exactly could Lily trust? Everyone seemed to have their own agenda and it sure was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. From that perspective, I enjoyed the story.

Unfortunately, this book just never pulled me in. I feel that a big part of the problem was that I jumped into the series at book #3. Sometimes, this works. But for me, with this s
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Hilary Davidson’s first novel, THE DAMAGE DONE (Forge, 2010) won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel, and the Crimespree Award for Best First Novel. (It was also a finalist for the Macavity and Arthur Ellis awards). It launched a series featuring travel writer Lily Moore, and continued with 2012's THE NEXT ONE TO FALL and 2013's EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES. Her first standalone novel, BLOOD ...more
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