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A Season to Lie

(Detective Gemma Monroe #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  776 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Following her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, this is Emily Littlejohn’s next mesmerizing mystery featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado s
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Diane S ☔
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gemma has just returned from maternity leave, her daughter Grace left in the care of her partner, when a call to a private school about an intruder, leads to the discovery of a body. Gemma and her police partner Finn soon discover it is the body of a famous author, in the town incognito, only a long time friend knew he was there. This discovery will split the plot into many different threads, one including the Brothers Grimm.

The setting is fabulous, a Colorado ski town, massive amounts of snow f
Chelsea Humphrey
As a cop, I tell myself that I am the hunter and death is my prey. But I'm starting to think that's a lie. The truth is, it's death that's following me. It has followed me all my life.

As this is a sequel to Inherit the Bones, I'll keep it short and to the point. I don't like to rehash the basics in every book of a series, but I felt this one had many strengths, yet also a few weaknesses. I found myself torn throughout the entire read; while I was thoroughly invested in the personal goings on of
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Last year I had the pleasure of reading Littlejohn’s debut, Inherit the Bones and absolutely fell in love with Gemma and the town of Cedar Valley. There is something tragically poetic about the authors style then you combine that with a classic murder mystery feel and you have a wonderful juxtaposition that makes for a captivating read.

This picks up three months after Gemma has given birth to her daughter Grace, right as she’s about to head back to work. Her struggle to balance being a new mom a
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Season to Lie is the sequel to Emily Littlejohn's compelling debut novel, Inherit the Bones. The story opens when Detective Gemma Moore returns from maternity leave, trying to ease back into the job on a part-time basis. On her first night, she and her partner Finn are assigned to investigate a prowler reported at the Valley Academy, a prestigious private school. Instead they discover the stabbed body of a world-famous author who had been masquerading as a visiting professor at the school. In ...more
Police officer Gemma Monroe returns from maternity leave and is immediately plunged back into the job when she finds a dead man at the local private academy. He's been left in the snow, stuck to a tree with a knife in his stomach. The man turns out to be a famous author hiding out in plain sight in Gemma's Colorado town. Even worse, that same private school is being plagued by a vicious bully who calls him or herself "Grimm." Reunited with her partner, Finn, Gemma finds herself dealing with the ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars- This is the second in this series and it was a pretty good read. It you like female detective, police procedure type books then you will enjoy this series. I've read better , but all in all a good , fast read. ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Minotaur Books for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

I am officially obsessed with the Gemma Monroe series. I was introduced to it last November when I won a copy of the first book, Inherit the Bones, through a giveaway and let me tell you: waiting a whole year for the second book to release has been torture!

First and foremost, I love Gemma’s character. She’s smart, she’s bold, she doesn’t back down, and she says what she means. She’s a kick
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: southwestern, fiction
The setting (a mountain town in Colorado) and lead character, Gemma Monroe (female detective and new mom), make this book fresh and interesting. While some scenes succeed in setting a creepy and suspenseful atmosphere, the mystery overall is disjointed and ultimately falls flat. However, the character development and interaction is compelling and engaging and makes following this series worthwhile.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.

But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.
This is
Westminster Library
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Gemma returns to work at the Cedar Valley police station, her first call out is a murder on the grounds of the Valley Academy. With many false trails of investigation, this story introduces many new and interesting characters. This second book in this Colorado series is exciting and fast paced. This book is a great read for any mystery reader.

Quotes I liked from this book: Gemma ruminating, “It’s a brave thing, leaving all that you know to find what you might become.”

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Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A Season to Lie is the second story in the Detective Gemma Monroe series. I don’t think you need to read the first to read this one. I didn’t and got involved with the characters with ease. It starts with the murder of a famous author who was secretly in the town to write his memoirs. While investigating the murder, Gemma learns of other things happening at the private school the author was lecturing at. It started off well enough and I enjoyed how things developed. As the story unfolded, I too ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original Review: Mad Book Love

Gemma Monroe has just returned to work after her maternity leave when a new murder falls in her lap. And the victim is a highly revered author who has been secretly living in town under a different name! As if that weren’t enough (she’s only supposed to be back part-time after all), some questionable contractors have started doing business in town (mobbed up, maybe???), and her co-worker Sam is being pushed to work for them via his grandfather (definitely mobbed up)
Detective Gemma Monroe works for the Cedar Valley Colorado Police Department. Reporting for duty after her maternity leave she and her partner Finn are summoned out in a blizzard to investigate a prowler. This call is only the beginning of a twisted chain of events that unveil not only a murder but also bullying, stalkers and lies. Pretty well had this mystery solved from the beginning and just was not invested in the cast of characters. Had some subplots described and some police department per ...more
Chris Conley
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in what I believe is going to be a terrific series. As I get to know everyone better, I think these will be books I will have a hard putting down. This one really has a solid mystery with many tentacles. There also are lots of unopened doors for future stories.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars Rounded up to 4

Book two in a series.

This very engaging police thriller was hard to put down. I just couldn't stop reading!

The night Gemma Monroe, a police officer in a small Colorado mountain community, returns to work from her maternity leave is not exactly boring. If she was hoping to ease back into work, she is in for a big disappointment. Shortly after her shift begins, she and her partner Finn are called out to check a report of a suspicious man prowling around a school.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read the first in this series a few days ago, I was eager to read this next one to see what was happening with Detective Gemma Monroe after the birth of her baby Grace.

With a bone chilling blizzard outside, Gemma comes back to work on a part-time basis after 3 months off on maternity leave. On her first shift back, there's a prowler call from Valley Academy campus. When Gemma and partner Finn investigate, they find a dead man with a knife sticking out of his stomach. He's a famous author
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gemma is back to work after 3 months of maternity leave, her boyfriend is working at home and taking care of the baby not very happily. Gemma starts out with a big case a murder and total bullying at the high school. She has to try and figure out who the killer is, who is behind the bullying and try to keep her relationship going.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m still struggling to warm up to this author. Gemma is unique in the police procedural world of detectives thanks to her less than perfect marriage and now a new baby to worry about while she puts in a ten to twelve hour days hunting down killers. The murders continue to take a back seat to Gemma’s personal life. It’s not a perfect fit for this reader.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This wasn't as good as the first book imo but It was still pretty good, really bummed they don't have the next one available :o ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, series-shelf
Summary from Goodreads:

"In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 lackluster stars. It was barely ok.

The good:
I liked the character of Gemma, cop and new mom, returning to work after her maternity leave. Leaving baby at home with Brody, her partner. Picking up where she left off and enjoying the camaraderie and partnership of her colleagues and her Captain once again. A new murder case at a school presents itself immediately and Gemma is physically and mentally back in action.

The location. Small ski town, unspoiled wilderness of Colorado; a bit haunting a
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars means " I liked it" however... It was just ok. No bells or whistles are going off. I knew who did it hours ago and had guessed one possible reason why and was pretty close. This is a second novel with the same character and I didn't read the first so I may have missed something along the way. Just an ok read; better than most Saturday afternoon TV anyway. ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the first Gemma Monroe book and was looking forward to this one. In this book, there were too many subplots that had nothing to do with the main story so I was very disappointed. That said, I like the characters enough that I will read the next book.
Kiwi Carlisle
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far, this series about Gemma Monroe, a police detective in Cedar Valley, Colorado, continues to hold up, without clichés, cliffhangers, or repetitively annoying character traits. Gemma’s character has a bit of depth and interest to it, and there’s enough tension in the situation that I’ll be interested to see what happens next. This is a solid, well-done mystery that held my interest without mesmerizing me.
Janet Hutchinson
I feel like this is a set up for the next, or rest of the series. The murder seems almost secondary to the introduction to one or two characters who will appear in future books. The mystery was not bad, just felt almost secondary to the rest of the book.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I liked her first book a lot more than this one. This one felt like the story was going along introducing various ideas as to who done it with a lot of leg work on the side to rule out this and that while still living life. And then Gemma goes to talk to someone she has spoken with many times and voila, the answer falls into her lap. Either I am completely dense and unable to follow the path or the path was non existent.
Therese Thompson
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Promising debut, but this second was disappointing. For me, it was all over the map with different issues in need of investigation, the killer was easily picked out from the possibilities, an attempt at some imagery and bad guys out of a James Lee Burke novel (whose work the protagonist relaxes with) and I especially could not believe the actions and motives of one of the secondary villians. oh well.
Cathy Cole
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Like the first book in the Gemma Monroe series, author Emily Littlejohn proves in A Season to Lie that she can create a premise for a mystery that will keep readers turning the pages. Unfortunately, the story as a whole fell a bit flat for me, and there were two main reasons for this.

One was Gemma's personal life. She's a brand-new mother who's finally come to terms with the fact that she is and that she enjoys being a mother. But somewhere between having to stop and use a breast pump every coup
Flat uninteresting winter tale of a dead body found at a local high school. It’s pretty obvious Emma Littlejohn is well read,the author constantly drops authors’names such as Faulkner, Shakespeare and the like, but while some descriptive sentences seem beautifully written, this mystery novel can’t come close to those masterful writers. It’s was difficult for me to keep up interest. I haven’t read Inherit The Bones but have heard great things about it. This is just a throwaway book in which the a ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Although Inherit the bones was a great start to this series I was disappointed in A Season to Lie. This book has a great female character Gemma and loved her BUT this book didn't have the suspenseful thrills I love about thrillers. A decent second to the series but not as intriguing as the first book in the series.. ...more
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