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Lie in Plain Sight

(Maeve Conlon #3)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  58 reviews
It's a busy day at the bakery Maeve Conlon owns when she receives a phone call from the high school saying Maeve's employee's daughter, Taylor Dvorak, is ill. Taylor's mom is out on a delivery and Taylor has her own car, so harried Maeve gives the school nurse permission to send Taylor home on her own. But Taylor never makes it: Somewhere between the school and her house, ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Minotaur Books
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Yes, is the correct one. Someone needs to change it.

It's a busy day at the bakery Maeve Conlon owns when she receives a phone call from the high school saying Maeve's employee's daughter, Taylor Dvorak, is ill. Taylor's mom is out on a delivery and Taylor has her own car, so harried Maeve gives the school nurse permission to send Taylor home on her own. But Taylor never makes it home. Somewhere between the school and her house, she just vanishes.

Not only does Maeve feel responsible, but she can't shake the feeling that there's more to Taylor's disappearance than meets the eye. So Maeve decides to take matters into her own capable hands. Balancing this dark undertaking and her relationship with a local policeman, Maeve carefully walks the fine line between justice and revenge in the next suspenseful novel from Maggie Barbieri.(less)

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Carlene Inspired
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Maeve Conlon agrees to let her employee's teen daughter walk home from school when her mom is out on delivery, but when she's not home hours later things turn sour. She's just vanished and there's no solid leads. Maeve feels responsible, she feels guilt, and she knows there's more to Taylor's disappearance than meets the eye. Maeve takes things into her own hands and finds that the small town of Farringville has more secrets
Kelsi H
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Lie in Plain Sight is the third in a series of books about bakery owner Maeve Conlon, who finds herself at the centre of every crime that takes place in her small town. She acts as an amateur sleuth in these cases, but they also all involve her personally – it seems like too many dramatic incidents to happen to one woman. It would probably be better to read these books in order, otherwise there are some parts of Maeve’s bac
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Lie in Plain Sight” By Maggie Barbieri

This series has been one of the more interesting I’ve discovered in a long while, mainly because the first book, where we are introduced to Maeve, a baker, turned amateur detective, is pretty much a standard mystery. I sincerely liked Maeve, but was thrown off balance by her sudden descent into the dark side in book two.
As “Lie in Plain Sight” opens, we find Maeve still dealing with the events that took place in the previous installment, and we catch her i
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is book three in a series that I haven't read, so maybe my opinion of this book was slightly impacted by this fact. However, I just didn't enjoy this book. And to me, the end was really a mess, with the last few chapters wrapping things up way too quickly and haphazardly. ...more
Christina McLain
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the problems with this book is that although it is part of a series you are given very little context or explanation for the odd behaviour and strange choices made by the protagonist Maeve Conlon, a baker and amateur sleuth, living in a small town peopled by mainly weak or extremely unlikeable characters. Although Maeve is a baker she seems to have no love for cooking and is instead obsessed with finding a missing girl ..why we dont know. Hints are given as to Maeve's unhappy past and per ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Lie in Plain Sight, the third installment in Maggie Barbieri's series featuring baker (and amateur sleuth) Maeve Conlon, is another perplexing and complex mystery.

When Taylor, the daughter of her newly hired employee Trish Dvorak, goes missing, Maeve cannot help but feel responsible. Although Maeve's boyfriend, Detective Chris Larsson, is on the case, she knows both Chris and the small town police department are out of their depth so she begins investigating the disappearance on her ow
Ruby Stiff
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
In some ways I enjoyed this novel more that the first in the series, I feel like the character was a lot tighter or perhaps I'm becoming more familiar with how she operates. Some brilliant plot twists, some I saw coming some I absolutely did not. I do feel like the author spent a little less time writing/editing this one, it feels a bit more hurried than the first one. Overall a very good read ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of this series and will continue to follow it. However, this was my least favorite. Less of a storyline and more of a way to move the characters along in their timeline.
Susan Miller
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I did not particular care for this book. It seemed to skip around quite a bit. Perhaps I feel this way because I took so long reading it. I had to keep adjusting to who the characters were. There was mystery involved, but it was rather a hodge podge of situations presented. I had not read the previous two books in this series and while I got the gist of the main characters background, it all seemed rather disjointed. I could not identify with any of the characters and they all seemed paper thin. ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
Feb 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
'Lie in Plain Sight' is the third in a series and readers who have not read the first two installments may well feel as if they have joined the conversation half way through.

I really did not enjoy this book as the characters were hard to like (they all lie, all the time) and the protagonist acts as if she is above the law. The underlying plot is overly complex and too little is revealed about events until right at the end of the novel. A don't mind a good mystery but in this one there is too muc
Ally Yohn
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable. I hadn’t read either of the previous books in this series, but Barbieri threw in just enough detail about the prior plots to keep me informed but not overwhelmed.

Maeve is a strong character. I will say I was confused a little about the end of one plot line- a little more explanation on the missing girl and why she was taken, what the villain meant to do, would’ve made this 5 Stars.
Jenna McNaught
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. I only finished it to find out how it ended. The main character is unbelievable, a woman who takes the law into her own hands and is somehow better than the police. It also alluded to past experiences of hers which the writer assumes you know. (Apparently there are previous books with the same character but I don’t think reading them would have made me like her more.) Also too many other unrelated storylines going on, including another loosely related crime. Not worth the read.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tripe! I hope Maeve gets in her silent Prius and drives away. I lost count of how many times her car was mentioned. God I hated this book and Maevy. Oh and I noticed a mistake when Maeve was thinking about the dinner she shared with her daughter the night before and the two pages later she referred to it as being three nights ago???
Laura Cannon
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is good and held my attention, but it tried to do too much. There were conflicting plot lines and too many references to the past, that obviously the reader would only know if they'd read the previous books. Little confusing phrases like "buying leftover bread at the store". I'm glad I read it, but I would be looking to check out the previous books. ...more
Tai Evans
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just awful. Dry. Repetitive. The characters are two dimensional and predictable. The story limps in circles and never goes anywhere. I was bored out of my SKULL. I struggled valiantly to finish it but died of boredom in the end.
Sierra W.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Third in a series...each a great read.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ok story, but it kind if fell apart in the last few chapters. Didn't know it was 3rd in a series - maybe that's why it didn't hold up as a stand-alone... ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series. I love the characters.
Donna Casteel
Excellent - the entire series
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first reading of a book by Maggie Barbieri, and I am impressed!! She writes with a deft touch; fully-developed, relatable characters, good (multiple) story lines, and a multi-layered mystery that still surprises at the end. What is not to like??

Maeve Conlon owns The Comfort Zone bakery in the small town of Farringville. She is a busy single mother to two daughters, Rebecca and Heather, is in a relationship with Detective Chris Larsson of the local police force, is deepening a relatio
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very well-written mystery with an intriguing plot. I initially wasn’t aware that this was the third book in a mystery series. It didn’t really affect me following the story, but I did regret not knowing the backstory when references to the previous novels were made. However, if you’re planning on reading the first two books in the series, don’t read this one just yet, as there are massive spoilers for both of the other mysteries.

The book is slightly dark at times, which I pe
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first book that I have read by this author. However, in my research before requesting this book, I noticed that most or maybe all of her books had the word "lie" in the title. I don't know about the other books, but this one should have been titled "Chock Full of Lies". This wasn't a single character in this book who wasn't lying or holding back some type of secret. I don't know how they got away with it in such a small little town. (Of course I do, that's how the author wrote it, HA ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
St. Martin's Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Lie in Plain Sight is the third book in the series featuring bakery owner Maeve Conlon. After receiving a phone call from the local high school regarding the daughter of an employee, Maeve is asked her permission, as an emergency contact, to allow Taylor to go home alone. As she is almost 18, Maeve reluctantly gives her approval. When Taylor does not make it the five minutes home,
Sharon May
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
First - thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!

I did not realize that this was the third in a series by this author. I believe that I would have enjoyed this book more if I would have read the others first. I found myself looking back through the book, thinking that I missed something. That being said, there were spoilers in this book for mysteries in the others so I probably won't go back and read them.

On its own merit, this was a good mystery. I
Donna Townsend
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“You’ve changed.” Great opening for an intriguing, complex mystery. Maeve Conlon is a bakery owner hitting middle age with a vengeance. She feels it is up to her to find her daughter’s missing classmate; along the way she uncovers long-buried secrets and scandals, impacting not just her but much of the town.
This is the third book in the Maeve Conlon series, all of which feature the word “Lie.” This is the first one I’ve read but I assume the premise is that everyone, most particularly, Maeve, li
Anne Martin
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
It begins like a very enjoyable cozy mystery. All the elements of a cozy are found here: the amateur detective runs a bakery in a village where she knows everyone. A girl from the local high school disappears and she is involved in that disappearance, as the school nurse called her bakery, where the girl's mother worked, to know if she should be sent home because of a bad headache.
Most of the characters are pleasant and make you think of people you meet every day, just regular working people, no
Not impressed. At all. One problem was that I was expecting a psychological thriller and then felt I had been baited and switched with a cozy mystery, and the third in a series yet - though one with a definite darker tinge. Then I just kept reading to see what the solution was. Unfortunately, not only did I not like the main character (I hate it when people give a book a low rating because characters are "unlikeable") I didn't really care what happened to her either. Maybe I would understand her ...more
Lie in Plain Sight could be any small town in the US - or perhaps even the world. Maggie Barbieri brings us back to the world of Maeve Conlon and her bakery. Maeve cannot let mysteries go. She finds herself digging at the questions, following people and asking more questions. All of which could lead (and does) to serious problems for her. This is the third book in the series and all focus on Maeve, her personal life with her daughters, ex-husband and new boyfriend and the bakery. I found myself ...more
Teresa Kander
I LOVED this story--so much so that I am going back and reading the first two, and will be waiting on the edge of my seat for more!!

Maeve Conlon is far from your typical "heroine". She's a baker, a divorced mom of two with a former husband who continues to complicate her life, as well as a boyfriend who is a local cop. She is also an amateur sleuth in cases that somehow involve her personally.

The difference between Maeve and most amateur sleuths is that she has developed a rather unorthodox hab
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Maggie Barbieri is the author of the Murder 101 series, which is comprised of Murder 101 (2006); Extracurricular Activities (2007), Quick Study (2008), Final Exam (2009) and Third Degree (due November 2010.) She lives in the New York metro area/Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children. By day she's a writer and editor of college textbooks. She is currently at work on the sixth book in the ...more

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