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The Tell-Tale Con

(Rules of the Scam #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Tallulah "Talia" Jones has not had your average upbringing. The child of con-artists, her parents have bestowed such important life lessons upon her as, "the con is in the details" and "don't steal from your friends … because they can identify you to the cops way too easily."

Now her dad is in prison, her mom has become "Mystic Madam Magdala", and her biology partner, pro c
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Amber Gilchrist I am the author of this novel and in fact, I do have a sequel to this book. However, despite doing well critically, this novel did not do well in term…moreI am the author of this novel and in fact, I do have a sequel to this book. However, despite doing well critically, this novel did not do well in terms of sales and my publisher is not interested in continuing the series. At some point in the future, I'm considering self publishing the rest of the series, as there is definitely more to this story, but at the moment, there's no outlet for it. Sorry!(less)

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Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, a YA book with no love triangle! The Tell-Tale Con reminded me a lot of Veronica Mars. A funny, spunky teenage girl helps her lab partner solve a mystery, and his dad is a super rich Hollywood producer. Harrison isn't anything like VM's Logan Echolls, but his dad and their situation reminded me a lot of that aspect of the show.

Harrison is also mixed-race (white/Indian — as in South Asian) and there's pretty good diversity among the rest of the characters, too, which is unfortunately pretty
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent YA mystery with laugh out loud moments sprinkled throughout. The main character and her way of seeing things (and absolute refusal to see others) is the main source of humor.

In addition it is a pretty interesting mystery that ends up getting all sorts of people involved in the investigation in various ways.

Look for teenage high school cliches to break their molds, YA romance drama to be completely undramatic and realistic, the horror of having unrepentant criminals for parents as we
David Gileadi
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Picked this up 'cause it showed up on the home page of the Phoenix Digital Library and it looked interesting. It was great YA stuff—good characters, interesting situations, light romance with true-to-life uncertainty, etc. I wish there were another out now. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Somewhat similar to Ally Carter's series but this one contains some bad language. I don't know why authors or editors feel that is necessary. In this book the main character, Talia ends up helping her biology lab partner and newly discovered neighbor, Harrison, from across street in helping to solve a crime. At first the crime is to discover who is trying to make Harrison think he is being haunted by a demon. But it soon turns into a murder investigation. Pretty good book, except for the languag ...more
Clever and fun read

It always amazed me how well some authors to research their stories. Well Ms. Gilchrist did a great job learning about cons! Interesting and educational read. Will be back for more.
Fran Wilson
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read

I enjoyed this book and would love to read more of Talia and Harrison's adventures! Hopefully we'll get to read the 2nd soon!
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was one of those cute, super fun, light-hearted YA mysteries with a touch of romance. Talia, child of unapologetic (and not always successful- her Dad is currently in jail) grifters has decided she no longer wants to participate in cons despite being a ‘natural’. However she is not opposed to using her vast array of skills to assist lab partner Harrison (cute, nerdy chess champion son of a wealthy movie producer) find out who is gas lighting him. All too soon things turn to murder and with ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was a little surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book, and no.. I'm not conning you! It's such a fun, cute read! I loved Talia's sarcasm and skepticism; she puts the con-artist training her parent's gave her to good use. I liked how the mystery started in the first chapter and it was a GOOD mystery! I was a little surprised by how quickly the story wrapped up though. I was reading and noticed that my Kindle said I was 95% done with the book, but I still didn't know who did it; that's n ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Things I liked about this book:
1.Characters who actually go to the police when terrible things happen.
2. Grifter-y things.
3. Surprisingly healthy step-parent/step-child relationship.
4. Characters have really specific quirks and character traits.

Things I didn't like:
1. So many red herrings.
2. Tried to put a few extra plot threads in that didn't go anywhere.
3. We got hit over the head with the whole "Talia can't remember names but can remember ever number ever".
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very engrossing story with 2 unlikely heroes. The mystery and the twists kept me from
putting it down, and the 2 main characters are out of the box which makes them completely attractive in an unexpected way. Thought it's classified as a YA mystery, I think it appeals to older readers as well.
Can't wait to see what the next book brings for Talia and Harrison.
I read this book because of the buddy read at Maria Schneider's blog, and I've enjoyed it a lot. A real and entertaining mystery store where the heroes are teen, in the same way other times they are seniors, or mothers... Real characters but without all the angst you usually see at YA books, more about the characters' problems than the story. ...more
Janessa King
I received this book from a giveaway through Goodreads.

I'm so grateful that I won this, because I absolutely LOVED it! The humor and relationships between the characters were so enjoyable, I couldn't put it down. It had me guessing until the very end, where everything came together. This is definitely one of my favorites. I hope to read more about Talia and Harrison in the future.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, cozy-mystery
This is a very engaging book, one that draws the reader in from the start. The story is a quick read with great characters and witty dialogue. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more of this series.
Maria Schneider
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An awesome, fun and funny read. Highly recommended for mystery readers, cozy readers, YA, chick-lit, humor. None of the usual YA angst (sure she has worries, but this isn't your average heroine!) Highly recommended! ...more
Lexi Vick
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the characters and the plot. Well Done!
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