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Deadly Lies

(DI Mariner #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,439 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe is in his arm and a note by his side reads, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a woman in a bar. And then Mariner discovers Barham's younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a cupboard under the stairs.

Jamie is the only witness to his brother's death, but
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Published September 28th 2017 by Joffe Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Louise Wilson
This is the first book in the series that will feature DI Tom Mariner who is stationed in Birmingham. This is actually a reprint which was originally printed in the early 2000's.

There is an anonymous call which Tom has answered and when he goes to investigate he finds Eddie Barham is dead. As the death is a suicide, Tom really should hand the case over to uniform to deal with. When the post mortem comes back, it's not suicide, it's murder.

The book is full of twist and turns. As this book is a
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 1st book in the DI Mariner series by author Chris Collett. I have read these books out of order but enjoying the series all the same. The series is based in Birmingham and many of the places are very familiar to me which adds something extra for me personally. This series is so well written, good plots, believable interesting characters and back stories so well paced.
When journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home with a syringe in his arm and a note by his side read, ‘No
Linda Strong

This is the first of a series featuring DI Tom Mariner. Mariner is a committed officer of the law ... steadfast and unwavering in seeking justice. Personal issues? Yes, he has them... but he's working on them. He's not materialistic ... things don't matter to him that much. In many ways he is a simple man, yet very much complicated.

Sitting in a bar one evening, he sees journalist Eddie Barham picking up a 'lady of the evening'. While on his way home, he gets a call ... possible homicide. To his
Donna Maguire

I really enjoyed this book! It was set at just the right pace, the plot was gritty and gripped me right from the off and I was second guessing myself as the book went on. The characters are great and I thought that they really worked well together. I live in the West Midlands so reading a book set in that area is always a plus for me. I read the book in less than a day and it is a really promising start to what looks to be a great new series! (This was
Deadly Lies is this month’s bargain book over at the Kindle English Mystery Book Club. There are times that the writing seems a little awkward or perhaps just doesn’t seem to flow naturally, however I felt the plotting was well done and the storyline was engaging and kept my interest. The writing of the main character, Anna Barham, was a particular strength of the book. The writer was brave enough to write a character who many people would find issue with and yet she did so unapologetically. ...more
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This is book 1 in the DI Mariner series and has been republished. Some advances have been made since this book was written which should be taken into account.

The story begins with DI Tom Mariner witnessing a disagreement between a Bikey and a young woman. By sheer coincidence he later sees the same vehicle outside a house with a door that it slightly ajar. The investigative side sends him to have a closer look and there he finds a dead body with all the markings of an overdose by a druggie. This
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this straight forward detective story - 4*

Like most British detective fiction set in current times we have one police officer (DI Tom Mariner) and his trusty sidekick (PC Tony Knox) attempting to solve a crime while also having to negotiate their own lives. Mariner has a bit of a unhappy history but it is not fully revealed, and naturally his love life is at a stand-still. Knox, on the other hand, has a bit more of a love life than his wife would like. It reminded me of inspector
Susan Hampson
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What begins as a reluctant business women having her autistic brother dumped on her ends in one of the most intense and mind-blowing endings. It is like a gentle breeze that simply turns her life into a tornado. What a journey! It makes a brilliant book to read and one impossible to put down.
Anna really always resented her younger brother Jamie as the attention that should have been hers with her parents had been given to him. Jamie that needed 24 hour care, Jamie who her father spent all his
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Deadly Lies, the first in a series of police procedurals to feature DI Tom Mariner of the Birmingham police.

Tom is at a loose end when he does a uniform call in reply to an anonymous call. When he gets there he finds Eddie Barham dead of an overdose. As it appears to be suicide he should be handing it over to uniform but he keeps niggling away at it and when the post mortem says murder he has a head start.

I enjoyed Deadly
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
This book got my attention right away. Anna's story of growing up with a disabled brother (severe autism) and the family dynamics that went with that is actually enough for a good book. But, murder always makes things better and I am liking Detective Martinez very much...a serious guy who has a soft side as well. The characters are all engaging and the plot is great. Suprised by the ending which is always fun. Good, steady pace as well.
Really good value book.
Possibly the only witness to a murder
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Setting: Birmingham, UK. This is the first in a series featuring DI Mariner, a career policeman and loner, based in Birmingham. What at first appears to be the suicide of an investigative journalist turns out not to be the case. The added complications in the case for DI Mariner are the journalist's sister, Anna (for whom he finds himself developing feelings) and brother, Jamie (who is severely autistic). Jamie is the only witness to what happened to his brother but doesn't have the capability ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

DI Tom Mariner and his PC Tony Knox respond to an apparent suicide. The victim is journalist Edward Barham. Not long ago Mariner saw Barham in a bar picking up a prostitute. Under the stairs in the house, Mariner finds Jamie. At first he thinks that he is high on something but it turns out that Jamie is autistic.

What follows is a police procedural. It focusses on the investigation, but also on Mariner’s personal life. He is a solitary man who enjoys long walks and has trouble trusting
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was certainly a compelling read.

I believe that Chris Collett is a new author, in which case she has certainly hit the mark with her debut novel. This is the first in the series featuring DI Mariner, an interesting character, who has a few personal problems but deep down inside is an efficient and diligent policeman who really cares about his victims. The storyline itself was of immediate interest to me as it involved the death of a man who was the primary carer for his severely autistic
June Jones
Very slow, not impressed.
Barb Muylaert
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it under the name - Deady Lies - looking forward to reading more of Detective Mariner.
Misfits farm
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man is found with a needle in his arm and a note by his side. Tom Mariner is not far away and so goes to investigate. To his surprise it is someone he saw in the pub earlier that evening. Something doesn’t quite ring true about suicide and so begins an interesting investigation. Mariner is a likeable character who comes across as tenacious along with a little humour. I normally like some background to the main characters but with this there was enough to be relevant but not too much to ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crime thriller with a twist that has life changing consequences. I really enjoyed this book, the characters and storyline was believable. I will look out more from this author
*thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.
This was a struggle to get through. I found it often boring and it didnt hold my attention. It felt more like a chore to get through. But the description of the story sounded really good, so it definally had potential. I dont think this was a bad story, it just wasnt for me. So that doesnt mean that others wont like it, it was just too slow for my liking. On a positive, I do like the cover.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok 2.5 stars

Simplistic writing style. Not an accurate police procedural which doesn’t bother me but this book was just too simple-minded. The main detective forget about witnesses, doesn’t check all avenues, etc. Read more like a Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys book even though the characters were in their 30s and 40s. I could not stand the main female character.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was so predictable, I knew from around page 70 who plotted the whole thing,and why. And the book has around 330 pages. It's well written, so not completely a torture, but certainly quite a waste of time.
This book I had taken up for blog tour.

Summary:- Discover a new detective in a tough city. DI Tom Mariner thinks he’s seen it all, but now he faces an investigation which will push him to his limits.

Journalist Eddie Barham is found dead in his home. A syringe in his arm and a note by his side reading, ‘No More.’

Open and shut case of suicide? Not for DI Mariner. Hours before, he saw Barham picking up a prostitute in a bar. Mariner discovers Barham's younger brother, Jamie, hiding in a
Tina Williams
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Cracking Crime Drama
Deadly Lies by Chris Collett is a cracking character driven crime drama which had me guessing until the thrilling denouement. The book introduces the reader to DI Tom Mariner, the central character in the ensuing series, and can be read as a standalone. It is the first book I have read that is billed as a Police Procedural, and I was unsure as to what to expect. What I did find was that I was very quickly sucked into the suspenseful plot and the relationships between the
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great DI Mariner story. I loved the twists and suspense in this story. The dedication to the job by DI Tom Mariner and his team always makes the book so much better to read.

Even when on vacation, Tom cannot get away from the job. It seems to follow him no matter where he goes. DI Tom Mariner needs to get away and let his mind wander and clear after attending the funeral of his ex, Anna. He decides to go to Wales and walk the path that he walked when he was a young man. He isn’t sure
Hannelore Cheney
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Worm in the Bud is being re-released as DEADLY LIES on September 29 by JOFFE BOOKS and it's great!
Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.
I really don't understand why this book didn't get more stars, it's a terrific read, one of the better ones I've read this year.
Detective Tom Mariner is called into the supposed suicide of a journalist. Strangely enough, he had just seen the man, Edward Barham, hours before.
As the case unfolds, Anna, Edward's estranged sister, is trying to cope
Gurveen Kaur
This is the first in DI Mariner's Series and I have mixed thoughts on it.

DI Mariner receives a call from his colleague about a death confirmed by an unknown woman. On approaching the crime scene and seeing the body, Mariner finds himself speechless on realising that he'd seen the victim a few minutes back arguing with a woman.
What seemed like a simple suicide case eventually turns out to be one of the most mysterious and time consuming ones. The story unravels to show not just how Eddie died
David Gooch
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-authors-2017
A very different and interesting read in that it had one of the main characters as an autism sufferer which was done really well for me by the author. As well as this the story line with regard to the crime/mystery was also good.
The story is of a reporter who is killed but he happened to be the carer of his brother an adult autism suffer. This then leaves his only other sibling his sister dropped right in it as the one to look after him. The detective DI Mariner has to deal with the death and
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a revised edition of a novel previously published in 2004 as A Worm in the Bud (I prefer the new title). It is the first in a series about DI Tom Mariner, set in Birmingham and the surrounding countryside.
Mariner is investigating the apparent suicide of a journalist, Eddie Barham, who is the main carer of his severely autistic younger brother, Jamie.
Of course it is not suicide and Mariner has a very complex case on his hands that leads him up many false trails before the reason for
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
DI Tom Mariner investigates the death of investigative reporter Eddie Barham, an apparent suicide – except it’s not suicide. PC Tony Knox assists with the investigation. Witness to the death is Jamie, severely autistic, also sibling to Anna and the deceased. Anna Barham, sister of the victim, takes on the care of Jamie while trying to find why her brother was murdered.

The premise (the only one who could say what happened…can’t say what happened) drew me in, and I enjoyed the twists and turns as
Nerys Roberts
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DI Mariner has responded to a call on the radio even though he's off duty. A man's body has been found and Mariner is surprised to see that the victim is someone he saw in a city centre pub a few hours earlier. The only witness is the victim's autistic brother. The death seems like a straightforward suicide but the postmortem proves this is a murder. The investigation leads DI Mariner to a pharmaceutical company who wouldn't want details of one of their drugs and a link to autism becoming ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the DI Tom Mariner series.
It opens with Tom attending a suspected suicide.
The man, a journalist Eddie Barham, was seen earlier in the evening, by Tom, arguing with a woman on the way out of a pub.
On searching Eddie Barhams house they discover his autistic brother Jamie hiding in a cupboard in a very distressed state.
Jamies sister Anna , who left home years ago now finds herself responsible for his care.
Following the autopsy, Eddies death is confirmed as murder and the
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Chris Collett grew up in a Norfolk seaside town where she worked in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). Graduating in Liverpool, Chris went on to teach children and adults with varying degrees of learning disability, including autism. Now a recently retired university lecturer, Chris is married with with two grown up children and ...more

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