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Everyone Lies

(DCI Simms & Professor Fennimore #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  82 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 ...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
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 ...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,
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct. 20, 2016:

Started Oct. 16, 2016, now decided to put it on hold for now. I'll be back soon. Promise.

07/08/18: second try, let's hope this time it works better, otherwise off to the DNF:)

Finished, in the end it was ok. It just didn't grab me, so I had to work to finish.
Melanie Lewis
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-books
An interesting story with some good, solid dependable characters. DCI Kate Simms was a credible police officer. But I think the book's real strength is with Professor Nick Fennimore and his forensics credentials. I loved all the detail and the thought processes that went into the forensic analysis of the crimes. I also enjoyed the short excerpt of lecture we heard, it really enhanced the story for me. The plot line was well thought out and well executed. All in all a solid police and forensic ...more
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 ...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)
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
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.
Julie Durovchic
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fast paced thriller. Forensic procedures along with great characters and a gritty story.
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.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A reasonable read and will look for the next one.
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Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
great points. too much fluff in my opinion though. Should've been 50%+ shorter.
some of the revelations are amazing. Shocking at least.

My notes:
- women think their husband is gay, but he's actually depressed
- women think their husband is a jerk, stupid, gay, idiot. etc.
- Women are MUCH more likely to cum with a woman than with a man.
- Women search for lesbian sex a LOT. #1 most searched.
- 2# most searches is violent sex, and big black dick, etc.
- women watch a LOT OF PORN. almost 40% of porn
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Took me a while to remember this one. I thought I'd like it more than I did because all the ingredients are there: flawed duo, painful past, police bureaucracy,person who made mistake trying to make good,race against time, technical jargon etc.

There were too many ingredients that stood out as Ingredients, initially recalling a child trying to give all the answers in class, then the secondary school student who is about exam technique rather than passion. I feel mean writing that as the book
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book, mystery
Hoped that this mystery/thriller placed in Manchester, England, would shed a little depth to my ancestors who lived there in the early to mid 1800's. Not especially. Always appreciate a female "lead", in this case Detective Chief Inspector Kate Simms. Apparently this was written by a "conglomerate" of folks. If they've written anything else, I'll give them another try.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant plotting, excellent and likeable characters, for all their faults. Believable dialogue, superb forensic details and plenty of room for series development. Sadly, I can’t wait for another book with the team of Simms, Fennimore, Josh and Mouse. I hope Josh and Mouse are in there because there was room for them to grow.
Lorna Sixsmith
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
An intriguing crime thriller and I particularly liked the character of Fennimore and how at the end of the novel, I was more interested in what will happen to him and his lost daughter than Kate Simms. Good technique I thought.
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.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Hard-nosed but realistic cop, slightly damaged professor, a past together, murder, mayhem and bureaucracy. Good stuff in these pages.
Alan Rylans
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this police procedural but I did find the forensic details overdone and unnecessary. A little graphic in places but overall good value for money, does what's expected.
Petula Darling
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and complex crime thriller with lots of forensic detail, perhaps slightly too much signposting. Also, note to author - there are women who can't smell cyanide.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was an eye opener into the data that google has for deep diving into everyday questions Americans ask online.
Darren Bourn
Was a very good read, really enjoyed the book. It has a nice twist around page 300 or so
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good start and ending but dragged in the middle.
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
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
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AD Garrett is the pseudonym for prize-winning novelist Margaret Murphy.

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 Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger

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  • Believe No One (DCI Simms & Professor Fennimore, #2)
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