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Red Hot Lies (Izzy McNeil Mystery #1)

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Usually I pride myself on my intuition. I listen to that voice that says, “Something bad is happening ...” or maybe “Get out. Now.” But on that Tuesday at the end of October, my psyche must have been protecting the one remaining day I still believed life was orderly and the universe liked me. Because I didn’t hear that voice. I never saw it coming.

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Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Mira (first published 2009)
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May 28, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Attorney Izzy McNeil is about to get married. Izzy and her fiancé, Sam Hollings are finalizing all of their wedding plans, when Sam vanishes without a trace. Izzy can't figure out why Sam would up and leave without saying anything to her.

Forester Pickett is owner and CEO of Pickett Enterprises, a huge corporation. Recently Forester has been investing in real estate property in Panama. Izzy receives a phone call from Mr. Pickett's son, Shane. His father has passed away of a heart attack. Izzy ca
Sep 25, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book. The reviews all seemed to be on the high side and I really enjoy reading mysteries with female leads. Unfortunately, this one just didn't leave me satisfied. I usually read books in a day or so, while this one took me over a week. I just didn't find myself excited to get back to reading the book. When I was about halfway through the book, I realized that I just really didn't like the main character, Izzy. She is smart, beautiful, sexy, and successful. She is also ...more
Jane Stewart
Oct 12, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Solid mystery but seemed too much like other mystery books. The best parts were the secondary characters.

Izzy is a young lawyer whose biggest client is Forester, owner and CEO of Pickett Enterprises. Izzy’s fiancé is Sam who is a financial advisor to Forester. On the same day, Forester is killed, some of his real estate shares disappear, and Sam disappears. The police and FBI believe Forester’s death was due to a heart attack and are not investigating. Izzy believes something else is
Apr 03, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-romance
I really enjoyed this book, though it has a bitter sweet ending. Isabel “Izzy” McNeil’s life gets turned upside down in this book. She find’s she doesn’t know people as well as she thought she did – including her fiancé and her mother. I realize we can never really know another person. We can know them well, but never completely, as we are not privy to their thoughts and feelings, unless they reveal them to us.

I understand Izzy’s feelings and reactions in this book. If I was in her position, I
Aug 22, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Red Hot Lies is the first book in the Izzy McNeil trilogy. I’ve read two of her suspense novels, Look Closely and The Rome Affair, and enjoyed them both. When I heard she was writing a new trilogy, I immediately added the titles to my TBR List.

At first glance, life appears to be going well for Izzy McNeil. She’s an entertainment lawyer working for one of the richest men in Chicago, Forester Pickett. She’s planning her wedding with her successful and gorgeous, fiancé Sam. She’s feisty, beautiful
I quit reading this book at chapter 10. It was here that I realized that I really didn't care who killed Forester and hadn't really connected to any of the characters. Not the book for me.
Crystal Starr Light
Apr 09, 2011 Crystal Starr Light rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, amazon-vine
Another Red-Hot lawyer in a sticky situation

NOTE: I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program

Izzy McNeil is a red-hot lawyer with an important red-hot client, media guru, Forester, and is about to marry red-hot Sam Hollings, who works on Forester's finances. But things take a turn for the worse when Forester suddenly dies, Sam goes missing, AND 30 million in Panama shares goes missing from Forester's safe, implicating Sam. Can Izzy find Forester's murderer? Where did Sam go? And did
Dec 26, 2012 Meigan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
What a fun change of pace for me!

First off, I must be honest and say I almost shelved this immediately after reading the first few lines. To my unexpected horror, it was written in 1st person POV. I loathe reading books in first person, mostly because it's awkward to me and I lose focus because I keep thinking how much I hate 1st person POV. (with the exception being memoirs and biographies because I expect it in those books.) I am super glad I looked past my bias and kept plugging away because
Nov 03, 2013 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it
Narrated by Nancy Liem

13 hrs and 59 mins

Audible Editor Reviews

In Red Hot Lies everybody's got a secret. But when the secrets start crashing into each other, the pillars of Izzy McNiell's world crumble faster than she can run around in her stilletos to prop them back up. Izzy, the redheaded bombshell lawyer in figure-hugging power suits, is having a very, very bad day. Her client and mentor, Forrester Picket, is dead. And Sam, her fiancé, is missing — along with $30 million in Forrester's real es
J.M. Cornwell
May 25, 2009 J.M. Cornwell rated it really liked it

Wedding nerves, murder and millions combine in this unconventional and fascinating thriller.

Isabel “Izzy” McNeil is a young associate at the law firm of Baltimore & Brown who catapulted to the top of the heap with the help of multi-millionaire media mogul, Forester Pickett. Her fiancé, Sam Hollings, and she met at one of Forester’s BBQs at his estate. Sam handles Forester’s financial planning and Izzy handles entertainment contracts and negotiations. Both young and on the rise, Sam and Izzy
Aug 05, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans/Legal Thrillers
#1 Izzy McNeil Mystery series

First in a trilogy featuring Chicago entertainment attorney, Izzy (Isabel) McNeil finds her fiance missing, her biggest client dead under possibly mysterious circumstances, and valuable financial instruments missing.

Laura Caldwell's The Good Liar and The Rome Affair are for me hands down the best suspense books I've had the pleasure to read in years! These aren't "romantic suspense" as such ... while there are relationships, the romance is not the main story. I *high
Jackie Lane
May 10, 2010 Jackie Lane rated it really liked it
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Jun 30, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
It's funny that there's a note from the author at the beginning that says these books can be read in any order. That's not true at all and I think I would have liked this one more if I hadn't read the fourth book first. I got the fourth book at BEA a few years ago and liked it, so I wanted to start from the beginning. The problem was, I already knew about this whole thing with Sam, as well as other things mentioned in this book, because they were talked about in the fourth. My advice is to defin ...more
I really enjoyed Red Hot Lies. This series and author are new to me and I am now hooked on a new series! I don't read a lot of mystery books so I was a little unsure about this one -- but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and didn't figure out who the "bad guy" was until the very end. I love when I can't figure it out. Although after finding out -- I felt like I should have known all along. LOL

I have already purchased book #2 in the Izzy McNeil Mystery Series and plan to read it right away. Can't
Aug 01, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love great legal thrillers, you'll enjoy Red Hot Lies by Laura Caldwell. This was a new one to enjoy. Set in Chicago, Izzy McNeil's life was turned upside down. Poor Izzy McNeil. While planning her wedding, her boss was murdered and her fiancé was on the run, accused of stealing money. Meanwhile her life fell apart by rumors, the police and the FBI continued to stalk her. When people push comes to shove, lies showed up all over the place, when she finally heard from him. She teamed up wit ...more
Nov 22, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read! A page turner etc.

It was unpredictable...I think I figured out what was happening at the same time as Izzy.

There are three books in this series:

Red Hot Lies

2. Red Blooded Murder

3. Red, White & Dead

I intend to read all of them.
Amanda J
Oct 18, 2009 Amanda J rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amanda J by: Chatting Chicks Member Choice Oct09
This book was supposed to be full of scandel and secrets, but the plot was too predictable to be engaging. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to really become invested in the characters. The main character, Izzy, was interesting but I couldn't drum up the passion she showed to care about the mystery at hand - Who killed her main client Forester? And why did Izzy's fiance, Sam, disappear with $30 million worth of Forester's shares? It lacked the twists and turns necessary to make it a real legal ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
Well, I finished it....I found it to be an easy read, what I call a "filler" book. It was entertaining but predictable to me, I picked Tanner in the first few pages LOL, but it wasn't a book that I hated or found difficult to finish. One of the reasons I really wanted to read it was because it was based in Chicago but aside from street names & the Rock & Roll McDonald's, I didn't get any Chicago out of it.....I wish we could give 1/2 stars on GoodRead, I would give it a 3.5 instead of a ...more
Mar 02, 2010 Toni rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, chicago
This review will be biased because I liked Laura Caldwell tremendously after meeting her at a local book signing. Never say author appearances aren't good marketing! I read this book in under 24 hours; the pacing was tight and the details of my favorite city, Chicago, were as spot-on as they were fun. Caldwell crafts believable characters you can relate to (with zero schmaltz in the relationship department, lest the cover mislead you) and knows how to build edge-of-your-seat tension. A fun read ...more
Joe Caplinger
Feb 18, 2012 Joe Caplinger rated it liked it
I went back and read this book after reading book 4 in the series because I had not realized when I picked up the original book that it was a series. Because of this some of the characters were not under suspicion from me because of knowing they were still in book 4.

With that being said, I still found the book kept me guessing and interested in the outcome. I found it to be a slow starter for the first 100 pages or so but by the end was hooked on wanting to find out the ending with both her fia
Dec 12, 2009 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-divas, 2009
I really enjoyed this book and this much so that I would like to read the other two books in the trilogy. I got lots of chuckles from Izzy's trying not to swear and using words that just didn't feel as good as shouting those four-letter ones. I did feel that the book got a *bit* on the slow side in the middle and things tied up a bit too neatly in the end. I also found myself wondering about some of the characters (most specifically Grady and Mayburn) as they were both kind of d ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
izzy mcneil... lawyer, chicagian, engaged, successful... until her primary client dies and her fiance disappears. In twelve days, and 439 pages later, she loses her job, gets a crash course as a private detective, finds her fiance, and solves her client's murder. I look forward to the next two books... the romantic in me wants to make sure she and her fiance are fine, and the practical in me wants to see how she puts her life back together.
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Oct 24, 2009 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a great mystery
Recommended to Liberty by: Angela Holland
This was a great book...I couldn't figure out who the killer was and that makes it a fantastic book!
I really liked the main character Izzy...I think she is a spitfire and I could actually see alot of myself in her. I think she handled the whole situation well and I am anxious to see where she goes next...
The twists in the book really surprised me...I definitely didn't see them coming. Really enjoyable read!
Jun 04, 2010 Jen rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this, but the pacing was really off- I never felt the sense of urgency that was necessary for this to work well. The characters weren't exactly cardboard, but I couldn't muster up enough interest in them to really connect. I'll probably check out the second book in the trilogy from the library at some point to see if it catches fire, but I won't be holding out much hope for that.
Georgiana Huizenga
Nov 25, 2014 Georgiana Huizenga rated it really liked it
This was an author that I had never heard of, but I read an article suggesting books for people who like certain tv shows, and this series was suggested for fans of "The Good Wife", one of my favorite shows, so I thought that I would try it. I quite enjoyed the book. Izzy is an interesting character with some flaws, and I plan on reading the other two books in the trilogy. I was able to borrow the ebook of this from my library's website.
Jul 05, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it
This book was sent to me when it first came out. I enjoyed this author in the past so I had high hopes for this book. The story did live-up to a high standard. I was having difficulty setting this book down, I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters really were interesting to me. I will seek out the rest of the books in this series.
Feb 25, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Nice read and fun to see the mentions of Chicago places. One of my fave cities to visit.

Izzy is a highly paid entertainment lawyer whose main client dies of an apparent heart attack and whose fiancee goes missing with a huge amount of the client's money. Lots of plot twists and reveals as Izzy investigates.

I'll definitely check out the next book.
Jun 29, 2010 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Spectacularly unspectacular. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it. The plot was fast without leaving the reader behind, the characters were mostly believable (even though I had the murderer pegged halfway through the book), and it was a pretty good story. Not sure if I care enough to read the next in the series though.
Jun 23, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
I really liked the characters in this book - they had a great deal of depth, were all multi-faceted. While the story may have been a bit predictible, I enjoyed the read. I look forward to reading books 2 and 3 in the series. Bonus: Caldwell is a local author, having grown up in the Crystal Lake area. Love to support the local talent!
Merrilee Buroker
Mar 29, 2015 Merrilee Buroker rated it liked it
This isn't an Earth shattering, nail biting, bug-eyed thriller. It is a nice mystery, though. I liked Izzy, the main character and I liked Caldwell's story telling style. Despite negative reviews from other readers I will definitely check out the next two books in this trilogy, Red Blooded Murder and Red White and Dead.
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Laura Caldwell is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & as one of The Best of 2002. Following that, A Clean Slate received a starred review from Booklist. The release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky prompted Booklist to declare, “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive...writers around.”

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