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Ring of Truth (Marie Lightfoot #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Sex, violence, evil, and betrayal -- the shocking murder case splashed across the Florida headlines has all the right elements for true-crime writer Marie Lightfoot's next bestseller. And tell the tale she does, in a book that reveals the secrets of a love affair gone fatally wrong. But there are disturbing twists, which leave Marie sensing in her gut that something does n ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2001 by Atria Books (first published April 30th 2001)
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Ayşenur Nazlı
Feb 28, 2017 Ayşenur Nazlı rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bir ara beynim yandı ama değdi kesinlikle. Bakire'den beri bayılıyorum bu kadına, daha çok ilgiyi hak ediyor.
Oct 22, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Edgar Award nominee does it again!

I've regularly read Nancy Pickard's 'Jenny Cain' series and have been heartened by the growth I've seen in her work. Pickard's detective stories have slowly been growing in power and complexity. This novel, however, may very well mark Pickard's arrival as a true master of the detective story.

I admit that I have not read another of this series, but I was struck by its simple cleverness. The writer of a 'true crime' novel becomes unnerved by doubts concernin
This Marie Lightfoot series doesn't seem as good as the Jenny Cain series. Now, it's been awhile since I read Pickard's Jenny Cain series, so I'm not sure if it is really better (this was, after all, the series that won Pickard so many awards), or if I've just gotten more sophisticated over the years in what I want from detective fiction. But this is the second Marie Lightfoot I've read and, while pleasant enough, there doesn't seem to be a complexity of character or a depth of plot. When I thin ...more
Mandy Rae Coudriet
The Ring of Truth is written a little differently. A crime novel told from the author who is writing a true crime novel. The book shows so many perspectives in such a compelling way that you are drawn into the story and just can not put it down. Nancy did such an amazing job of pulling you into the story in the being with the completion of her book. But you quickly learn that this is not the end. There are so many lose ends. New evidence that was hidden by the little girls who found her body and ...more
Lisa Rathbun
Like the first book in the series, this book intersperses chapters told from the point of view of an author with chapters from her true-crime books. This sort of format means that the stories tend to be VERY slow, with lots of description of the background and the aftermath of the crime but with action being downplayed. Some horrific things happen, but very little time is spent on the crimes themselves, which always seems a bit anticlimactic. The solutions to the crimes are unique and unexpected ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. It was written as a true crime story written by Marie Lightfoot. Two young girls find the body of Susanne Wing inside an abandoned mansion in Florida. Her husband, a local minister is sentenced to death for the murder. Marie is drawn to the case when she discovers that the minister was heading a group to oppose the death penalty against another murderer. There are too many questions that need to be answered before she can put the case away. This was a well written book and ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ring of Truth is a crime/thriller whose "amateur detective" is a true crime writer. While putting the finishing touches on her latest book, Marie Lightfoot uncovers additional information that may mean that justice has not been served.

This book was a good entertaining read, about what you would expect from a supermarket crime/thriller novel. I was expecting more, having loved Nancy Pickard's The Scent of Rain and Lightning and The Virgin of Small Plains, which both seemed more "literary" than Ri
Dec 31, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know if I was going to enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one ("The Whole Truth"). It seemed to take me longer to get involved in this one.

Once we really got into the story, I got very involved. There were plot twists and turns, as there always are, which kept me reading late into the night. The ending .... the killer I didn't know was the killer .... left me breathless.

My rating is 5-stars for this book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Marie Lightfoot series "Th
Jan 17, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

I had a bit of a hard time rating this one-I've read 3 other books from this author and think she writes a great mystery.

This book drew me in immediately and I had a hard time putting it down. The story was both interesting and incredibly fast paced. However, while I enjoyed this book overall, it does fall apart at the end. I just didn't buy how things came together and much of what was revealed wasn't very believable. I'm still looking forward to reading the next book in the series but
May 11, 2012 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is written from the point of view of an author (Marie Lightfoot) of true crime novels. It goes back and forth between the story and the life of the author, who gets into danger as she tries to discover the truth. The accused is a minister Reverend Wing who has allegedly killed his wife with the help of his lover, Artemis. He has been fighting capital punishment and ends up in the cell on death row next to the accused man who he is trying to save. The story of the previous murder is an integ ...more
Freyja Vanadis
Nov 08, 2014 Freyja Vanadis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea when I bought this book; I don't remember buying it. And I didn't remember anything that happened in it, although it seemed vaguely familiar that Reverend Bob and his alleged paramour Artemis weren't actually guilty, nor was Steve Orbach. And after a while, it also seemed vaguely familiar that Allison Tobias's mom was her murderer. I liked this book, Ms. Pickard has a cute style of writing. Not sure if I'll buy any more of her books, but I think I'll at least keep this one.
Feb 16, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
I did really enjoy this one. There were many great twists and turns, but I was slightly disappointed with the final confrontation. That a killer that smart would be taken down so quickly, or that Marie wouldn't have let someone know where she was going... I found myself flipping the page back and forward to see if I had missed something. Otherwise, I would've had a four or even 5 for sure.
Apr 14, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling multifaceted read! So many twists and turns that I had no idea what the final "truth" would be. The format is novel, too, taking the story of a woman who writes true crime bestsellers and revealing her story chapter by chapter interspersed with chapters revealing her doubts about the information she has gathered. Remarkably readable.
Sep 17, 2010 Ruthiella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A true crime author is dissatisfied with her latest work. Could it be because the police and the district attorney convicted the wrong person? Not bad, but not good enough for me to want to continue to read any further in the Marie Lightfoot series.
Really enjoyed this! The style of writing is different, but good....its almost like reading 2 books about the same subject. One from Marie's POV & one from the book she's writing. Some twists at the end I was NOT expecting!
Jul 29, 2009 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me really think about what is true - how easily you jump to conclusions without all the facts.
I read this one in 2001 originally--proving once again that I probably only need about 8 years worth of books that I could keep re-reading and re-reading....
Apr 08, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robyn Dones
Read in 2008
Jun 01, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad I found this author. Although this is an early mystery, she still weaves a good story
May 19, 2015 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Part 2 of Marie Lightfoot trilogy..Read them in order..(Whole Truth, Ring of Truth, and The Truth Hurts)
Nov 21, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This is the second book of the series and a step up from the first. Good work with a bit of gore, and a complete mystery. Kept me guessing till the end.
Oct 18, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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a book club selection through the local library
Dayna Hauschild
Feb 14, 2014 Dayna Hauschild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good but did not have the twist like some of her other books.
Kathy rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2012
Linda Van
Too contrived. But readable.
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Nancy Pickard is an American crime novelist. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing at age 35.

She has won five Macavity Awards, four Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, and a Shamus Award. She is the only author to win all four awards. Her novel The Virgin of Small Plains, published in 2007, won an Agatha Award. She also served on t
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