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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.

They say bad things happe
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Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Mira (first published 2009)
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Laura
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
Cheryl
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
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Shonda
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
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Barbara
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
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Jane Stewart
Solid mystery but seemed too much like other mystery books. The best parts were the secondary characters.

STORY BRIEF:
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
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Dawn
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
Darcy
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.
Jackie Lane
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Crystal Starr Light
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
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J.M. Cornwell

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
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Katelyn
I discovered Laura Caldwell's books when I received "Claim of Innocence" from my Harlequin book club subscription. That book was so good that it made me go back and look for the books that came before it. I decided that, although you don't have to read the books in any particular order (in fact, that is something this author does REALLY well--making them each stand alones, while still part of a continuing series), I would start with book 1. So here I am...

I loved this book as much as I loved "Cl
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Ladiibbug
Aug 05, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Meigan
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
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Johnsergeant
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
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Eva
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
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Georgiana Huizenga
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.
Kristen
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
Cindy
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:

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Red Hot Lies

2. Red Blooded Murder

3. Red, White & Dead

I intend to read all of them.
Jill
I really enjoyed this mystery. I discovered this author while reading another author's books (K. J. Larsen). I will continue to read the series.
Becky
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
Amanda J
Oct 18, 2009 Amanda J rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Shannon
I really enjoyed this book and this protagonist...so 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
dOnnabud
lots of intrigue and twists * well-written and thoroughly captivating * a gOOd read <3
Toni
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
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
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Kathy
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a great mystery
Recommended to Liberty by: Angela Lynn 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!
Jen
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.
Jeffrey Poehlmann
Truly enjoyed this book. Crisp, witty, smart and engaging. Would have been okay with some of the redundancy edited out, but I think that is a publishing trend these days to accommodate short attention spans. The many "reminders" of what was going on aside, this breezy read had plenty to think about and characters that I truly cared about. No regrets on this book, it was time well spent.
Brenda
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.
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Laura Caldwell is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & Noble.com 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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