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Everyone Lies (DCI Simms & Professor Fennimore #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  428 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
In Everyone Lies by AD Garrett, DCI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scient ...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published June 1st 2013)
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the incredible Believe No One, I was dying to get my hands on Everyone Lies and learn more about Simms and Fennimore. They are such an intriguing duo and the series shines in its portrayal of forensic crime.

This story is set in Manchester. Kate Simms works for the Manchester police and is working her way out of the police dog house, after an error of judgement. Her ex-partner in crime, Nick Fennimore is up in Scotland lecturing on forensics. They are brought together, when Kate is
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

The first 50% I struggled with. Mainly between pages 150 to 300. There was lots of technical jargon, the plot was lagging slightly and the pace was quite slow that I almost gave up on this book but my mother had recently read Everyone Lies and really enjoyed it. So I carried on.

I'm very glad I did!

The second half was fast paced, action packed with lots of twists and turns. I had no idea who the murderer was till they were exposed.

The plot was very clever and I've learnt a lot about En
Linda Strong
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
DCI Kate Simms has been battling for her job for five years. When drug addicts start turning up dead in record numbers, her supervisor is more than happy to turn the case over to her. Since most of the dead are prostitutes, this is seen as a throw-away case. But then a celebrity dies and it's a whole new ballgame.

Without any leads or suspects, Kate turns to Professor Nick Fennimore. He is now a forensics lecturer. He and Kate have a history ... one that caused her to be demoted and sent him into
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s always a tricky proposition I imagine to undertake a crime, or indeed any kind of fiction novel with a dual writing partnership. In other books I have read with two authors there is usually a very noticeable distinction between their two styles causing me to favour one over the other, or the book falls down as one has obviously taken control over a certain facet of the story. Everyone Lies neatly bucked the trend for me and I was incredibly impressed by this debut collaboration between Marg ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The first in a series introducing DI Kate Simms and forensic lecturer, Professor Nick Fennimore, Everyone Lies is a collaboration between award winning author Margaret Murphy and renowned forensics expert Professor Dave Barclay.

After a professional misstep, Kate has worked hard to regain her footing in the force but when she is allocated to investigate a cluster of drug deaths in Manchester, she suspects it indicates a larger problem. Stonewalled by her colleagues, Kate turns to Nick Fennimore,
Kay Robinson
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is dangerous for girls in the vice game in Manchester and when one is found dead behind the Midland Hotel DCI Kate Simms is reluctantly given the case. Already under a shadow, made even darker by the appointment of her old boss to the ACC of GMP. Under pressure she contacts an old friend in forensics, Nick Fennimore, who has already been implicated in the illegal use of police resources which resulted in Kate's damaged prospects. Her bosses want the case to be solved, killer brought to just ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wire in the Blood series fans
I dithered and debated about this one between 4 and 5 stars. I decided on 5 because although I could see what was coming (who did it :) a mile off - it actually didn't detract in any way from my enjoyment.

Excellent writing, Terrific characters, well and convincingly drawn. The only thing I struggled with character-wise (very mild spoiler) (view spoiler)
Rebecca Bradley
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A brilliantly written crime fiction, police procedural novel. The forensic science in this book will keep all those interested in the behind the scenes work, extremely happy. The characters were believable and sympathetic, in fact, I really did feel for the protagonist Kate at some points during the story. It has a grim undercurrent to keep you hooked and guessing and I really could not work out who the bad guy was. An all round great book.
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich kann das Buch nicht beenden, da dieses Drogenthema einfach zu langweilig für mich ist.
Es zieht sich wie Kaugummi, wenn es einen nicht wirklich interessiert.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly gripping detective novel with an intriguing protagonist in DCI Kate Sims. I do like a complicated female lead. I will definitely read the next in the series.
Julie Durovchic
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast paced thriller. Forensic procedures along with great characters and a gritty story.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A reasonable read and will look for the next one.
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book but reality never matches up to expectation. I found most of the book boring up until about the last fifth when it was all resolved. I guessed whodunit and most of the plot early on as there was nothing new in it - two mavericks chase down a serial killer the police hierarchy doesn't believe exists. Crime thriller by numbers. The science was quite interesting but again nothing really new if you watch the documentary channels. The writing is good ...more
Petula Darling
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dominic JP Nelson-Ashley
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was brilliant. I was gripped from the very first page. I have read it a couple of times and I would say that it is one of my favourite thriller books.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - dipped in and out over 7 days

Publisher - Constable & Robinson (C R Crime)

Blurb from the back cover

DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime
Margaret Holbrook
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I 'm in agreement with other reviewers in that I found this book hard going to begin with. It does pick up speed, but unfortunately for me I still couldn't 'enjoy' the book as such. I wanted to get it read, (and not because I couldn't put it down) I can usually appreciate most books I read, even if they're not really my thing, but I'm sorry to say that didn't really happen with this book.

Having said that, if you like crime procedural, there is plenty to get into with Everyone Lies.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Manchester Detective Chief Inspector Kate Simms is investigating the deaths of several people who have died from heroin overdoses. After the overdose death of a celebrity she gets even more pressure to solve the case. She enlists the aid of an old friend, a forensics lecturer.
Mike Billington
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As part of a routine case review procedure Manchester police discover that an unusually high number of female heroin addicts are turning up dead.
The job of seeing if the statistics are cause for concern is mind numbing but it is also politically sensitive because one of the dead women is a semi-celebrity whose louder-than-necessary mother is using the cops as scapegoats to mask her own poor parenting skills.
Who better to hand the task to, then, than Detective Inspector Kate Simms, a former risin
Jan 09, 2016 added it
Everyone Lies (DCI Simms & Professor Fennimore, #1) by A.D. Garrett

Five years before this book, Nick Fennimore's wife was murdered and daughter kidnapped. He enlisted the help of Kate Simms to find his daughter. As a result, Simms is demoted. As the book opens, drug addicts are dying left and right in the city of Manchester. When a celebrity suddenly dies in the same fashion, It's up to Simms to try and solve the real cause behind it all. Enlisting the help of Fennimore and his student, Josh Brown, Simms attempts to get to the bottom of things while embroiled
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This debut novel is the first collaboration between writer Margaret Murphy and forensic scientist and lecturer, Paul Barclay. It is well worth reading because it has a bit of everything concerning forensics, police investigations, crooked policemen, human trafficking, etc. addressed in the book.

The book takes place in Manchester, England where Detective Inspector Katie Simms has been demoted for the past five years due to her working with a forensic expert outside the auspices of her place of em
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-journal
Reviewed for Library Journal: August 1, 2014

DI Kate Simms is assigned to investigate an alarming increase in heroin overdoses in the Manchester area. What was supposed to be a routine review suddenly escalates into a media circus when reality TV star StacyC dies. After digging deeper into the toxicology reports, Simms turns to forensic consultant Nick Fennimore for aid. But she and Nick have a tainted history; their past collaboration almost cost Kate her career and marked a tragic chapter in Ni
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Simms is handed a case involving overdosing drug addicts, but something is not adding up with regards to the evidence. She turns to Professor Nick Fennimore, an old acquaintance who is working as a forensics lecturer in Scotland. As his former apprentice at the National Crime Faculty, Kate was present at the time of the disappearance of Nick's wife and daughter. After his wife was found dead, Kate helped him to use NCF resources to try and find his daughter. This w ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-detective
I have had this book languishing on my to read shelf for ages , so decided that I would finally take the plunge. Im very glad I did being a fan of police procedural i knew what to expect but what I liked about this book was how the chemistry between Nick and Kate added another dimension to the plot.
The crime itself is well thought out and although I managed to guess the bad guy from early on it didn't detract from my involvement of the book as it wasn't completely confirmed until the very end.
This was the first book that I have read by Garrett and I am usually a huge fan of British Mystery and was really looking forward to a new to me author. I was intrigued by a new plot point, illegal drugs as a means of murder, but the book moved extremely slow and frankly it never picked up the pace. There was never a point in the book where I just wanted to keep reading and that rarely happens to me. Most books start out a little slow but then somewhere they just take off, but this one was just ...more
Antoinette Buchanan
This is well written and obviously well researched but it didn't grab me. Perhaps I was too distracted as I was reading this while traveling and in between some pretty heavy duty work meetings. My star rating is based on my enjoyment and not the quality of the book.
Set in Manchester, I liked Kate having been kept firmly under the disapproving misogynistic thumb of her peers for the past five years, Kate see's her chance to shrug off her past shame within the police force. Knowing something stinks and there's no point in asking for resources within the force so she turns to Professor Nick Ferrimore the cause of her original downfall.
Kate is tenacious and appears to be thwarted at every turn Drugs, prostitutes, murder, CSI, she refuses to take the obvious op
Lynda Kelly
This was a really good story although I did get a bit bogged down in places when they went too deeply into every forensic detail. Although the extra knowledge was useful, it did go on a bit too much !
I did notice this was another book set here in the UK using American spellings such as realized/apologize. I'm noticing this a lot with recent books I've read and it's very annoying.
There were some dropped words from sentences too like a/the/to which were aggravating. However, they DID explain abbre
Robyn Smith
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the firs tin the A D Garrett series about DCI Simms and Nick Fennimore, forensics lecturer. This sets up the tension in their relationship; Simms is married, Nick's wife was killed some years ago and his daughter disappeared. Despite all evidence pointing to the contrary, Nick continues to believe that his daughter may still be alive. He finds Kate Simms attractive and it appears that Simms reciprocates his feelings, but can't do anything about it because she
is already married.
I read the
Marika Charalambous
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I’ve been introduces to the DI Kate Simms series through Goodreads here, a friend just finished reading it and I saw her review on my feed. Her review was 4 stars, so I decided to check it out. Well, let's just say that the book blew me away.

Now the DI Kate Simms series by A.D.Garrett consists at the moment of one book only, called Everyone Lies. On Amazon it is not even listed as part of a series. However it’s just impossible for it not to
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AD Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper.

Margaret Murphy has published nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers under her own name – both stand-alone and police series. She is Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Ass
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