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Tell No Lies

(Detective Caelan Small #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Now they’re coming after Caelan’s team…
A tortured body is found in a basement. Drug dealing and people smuggling is on the rise. Then police start going missing.

There seems to be no connection between the crimes, but Detective Caelan Small senses something isn’t right.

Plunged into a new investigation, lives are on the line. And in the web of gangs, brothels and nerve-shatt
Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Canelo
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Elaine Tomasso
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for a review copy of Tell No Lies, the second novel to feature Met undercover detective Caelan Small.

A day after the events of Ask No Questions Caelan has her sick leave revoked and is sent back on duty. Her bosses want her to go undercover in Edmonton to find out about a new drug dealer who is taking over the patch by force and violence with two victims already to his credit, a policeman and an informer. With little information and no direction Caelan
Feb 19, 2018 added it
The life of DS Caelan Small: "Fooling people, using them, spending days, weeks and months living as someone she usually despised. It was a strange way of meting out justice, and she had to wonder, was she making any sort of difference?"

Fast-paced police drama centered on thugs and drugs. Set in London and the second in a series featuring this undercover detective, the action moves the narrative forward. It all starts with the discovery of two separate victims, both tortured to death and one a co
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gritty crime novel set in London that deals with people smuggling, drug dealing and some pretty nasty characters, yet never resorts to being gruesome. It is the second book in the series and whilst I wish I'd read the earlier book, it stands well on its own. I was pleased that there wasn't an enormous amount of backfilling in this book either. It was a bit like a jigsaw, filling in the pieces as to what happened to Nicky in the last book, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I did feel that the st ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

DS Caelan Small has been forced to return to work and is now undercover in a dangerous mission to uncover the truth behind two murders, one of them a fellow officer.
It’s a dark and musket territory she’s stepping into, and one wrong door could lead to deadly consequences for her and given that she’s not always the best as following orders, this ramps up the tension and I was at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next!

There wer
Michelle Kidwell
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tell No Lies
by Lisa Hartley
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 19 Feb 2018
I am reviewing a copy of Tell No Lies through Canelo and Netgalley:
A body is found in a basement, the victim had been tortured beyond imagining. Drug deals and smuggling has become more common and perhaps one of the worst things is the fact that's police sent to work on these cases are disappearing as well.

Many seem to think there is nothing connecting these crimes but Detective Caelamn Smal
Pat Simpson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series featuring Detective Caelan Small. This book can be read as a standalone, bit I do think I would have enjoyed the characters if I had known more about them and read the first one.
The book begins with Caelan being brought back from her leave after her first case to work undercover in a case of drug trafficking including a number of missing persons and a dead fellow officer. This is a fast paced police drama, full of intrigue that will have you turning the page
Dougie Brimson
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I loved the first book in this series and was really looking forward to this one but ultimately, it was a bit of a let down.

The plot was fairly predictable, some of the characters were like something you'd find in a very poor low budget gangster movie and the twist in the tale was so easy to spot it might have been written in neon.

But worst of all was the lack of development of the central character. Given that this is a series, a disjointed romance portrayed nothing of the kind of emotional dep
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Lisa Hartley that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. Rest assured that it certainly won’t be the last. I really did enjoy reading it but more about that in a bit.
Caelan Small is the lead character. She is a strong and feisty female police officer, who has worked on many undercover operations. When we meet her, it is obvious that she has been left with scars- both mentally and physically from a recent police operation. Her partner, Nicky Sturgess, who is a
Sophie Eminson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tell No Lies by Lisa Hartley (@rainedonparade) is a cleverly-plotted, well-written crime novel focusing on Detective Caelan Small and her journey through drug and people trafficking. I enjoyed this book for the characters and the fast pace of the narrative. Tell No Lies was published on 19th February 2018 by Canelo.

The story
Detective Caelan Small is pulled away from her deserved leave, bruised and aching to join forces to collaborate on a case involving drug trafficking and a growing number of d
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Check out my full review:

This was a very typical Crime fiction novel, told from a detective point-of-view, which I find is a love it or hate it viewpoint I find in readers! I, myself, enjoy crime fiction and don't mind a detective story, as long as it's thrilling, and page-turning - and 'Tell No Lies' did not disappoint!

Told in the viewpoint of detective Caelan Small, with a gritty London setting, this story revolves around an interesting police case, inv
J Fearnley
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in London this gritty novel, which is the second in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone, takes us into the sometimes dangerous world of undercover policing. The story reads at a good pace. There are a few threads including kidnapping, murder, sex trafficking, drugs, gangs and then, of course, there’s what happened to Nicky – which ties into the first book – and how that impacts on the current investigation. Caelan (DS Caelan Small) is supposedly a bit of a loose cannon but gen ...more
Lucii Dixon
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm in between a 3.5 and 4 star here and can't quite sit at one or the other, so my review is based on an in between instead.

Though I liked the concept of the story, and the ending was amazing, as was Ask No Questions, I still felt the characters were shaky. I'm still not keen on Caelan; one minute badass, the next a wimp. And she's quite melodramatic about Nicky and it got a little annoying.

I'm gutted Ewan didn't get much of a part in this because he was the one character I really liked. He was
Jane Hunt
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me a few chapters to get into this story, probably because it was the first Detective Caelan Small novel I've read. Undercover police work is both physically and mentally demanding on the people who do it. They are effectively living a lie, and this must have an often catastrophic effect on their personal lives and relationships.
Caelen is a believable, likeable character who makes you want to read what happens next. Mislead about the fate of her partner, Nicky, Caelen feels betrayed and
Gordon Johnston
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second in the Caelan Small series starts the day after the first. No time for rest, Small is dragged into a new case. Once more undercover, she is chasing a mysterious drug dealer who has moved into a territory vacated by the arrest of another.

The plot is complex with many questions emerging. How are two deaths linked to the case? Where do the various characters she meets fit into the story? Is a car crash involving a DI the accident it first appears?

While the story arc moves at pace, the
Martha Brindley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the Detective Caelen Small series and I recommend reading book one before this. It is an exciting read filled with great characters. If you like your detective books filled with excitement, murder, drugs, kidnapping, gangs and a lead character who is edgy and disobeys orders.....this is for you! I would most definitely read Ask No Questions first. You won't be disappointed. Lisa Hartley is an author to follow. I look forward to another instalment. Thanks to Net Galley for my ...more
Only after starting to read this book did I spot that it is the 2nd in a series featuring Detective Caelan Small.

It is a shame that I missed the first book in the series, because I feel that I have missed some of the back-story of some of the characters.

The story started strongly and built up to a very tense conclusion.

On the strength of this novel I will look forward to reading future Detective Caelan Small stories.

My thanks go to Netgalley and Canelo Books for a copy of this book in return for
Janice Forman
I enjoyed the second book in the Detective Caelan Small series although I have to admit I did find the protagonist a little hard to believe. I think undercover police work is more complicated than portrayed by Caelan and her colleagues.

In the end, I struggled to connect all the dots — how were the various murders and kidnappings all connected. I do think Hartley portrayed a believable image of the treachery of the drug trade.

Some surprises! And the reader is left with the belief that there cou
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read. Couldn’t help wishing I’d read the first one in the series Ask No Questions as I think I might have ruined that opportunity by reading this first but that being said this works fine as a stand-alone read. Fast paced and full of intrigue you have to keep turning the pages and a villain I never spotted makes for a great ending. Hope for another instalment soon , definitely want to see where the character goes from here
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was hard work but the last few pages were awesome and I loved all the twists and turns. I think it’s way better for people who read the first book as well because a lot of the book is built on the knowledge of the first book. Defo not a book to be read by itself. I honestly didn’t like the main character of Caelan, she seems arrogant and full of herself
((Got this free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion))
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book two in the Detective Caelan Small series.
I recently read book one in this series and just had to read book two, due to the dramatic ending in Ask No Questions.
I really enjoyed this novel which was fast paced and action packed, again with lots of twists and turns. I would advise reading Ask No Questions first but this novel also reads well as a standalone, giving enough detail about the previous book without overdoing it.
Fred Foster
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Bitterly disappointing. The plot was so thin and the characters seemed permanently confused about what their roles were. How Caelan is still in the Police Force is beyond me as she kept going rogue. As for Nicky who spent pretty much the whole book standing in an alley I wasn't sure what she was even doing. I had high hopes for the series based on recommendations but I don't think I'll bother with the third book. Such a shame as book one started so well. ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I was looking forward to this second book about Caelan by Lisa Hartley and was not disappointed. The story moves along at a good pace and whilst Caelan is yet another tortured 'heroine' copper she comes over as a believable character.
A solid writing style and intricate plotting means that this is a book that stands alone even though it is part of a series.
A good read.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Have not read the first book in this series which was a mistake as this feels more like the second half of the story rather than a stand alone novel. The plot is rather slim and the ending was poor but the build-up and tension was well done. If I'd read the first novel then the characters would have meant more to me. ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Back in trouble

I enjoyed reading this second book featuring Caelan Small. I didn't think that it would be as good as the first one, because the major players were already known in this one. I liked the new characters who were as interesting as the older ones were. There was lots of action, and red herrings abounded. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Beverly Mccollum
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a series. I’d enjoyed the first novel and I also enjoyed this book. Set in the seedier parts of London- murders-drugs/sex trafficking - basically a cornucopia of police procedurals. Fast-paced and gritty with good character development. I’d recommend it.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tell no lies

Although this book is well written and captivating I find it very hard to like most of the main characters. The plot is well thought out with some unexpected twists. Worth reading.
Gary Van Cott
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publisher, Canelo, for this review copy given in exchange for an honest review. Also thank you to Ellie from Canelo for organising the Blog Tour.

Detective Caelan Small is investigating a couple of dead bodies which have turned up in her area. One is a body found in a basement, it has been battered and tortured but they can’t find out why. Another one is a young police officer who is found murdered. There appears to be no link between the two, but Caelan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review

My review won’t feature any spoilers for Tell No Lies, but will feature spoilers from Ask No Questions so if you’ve not read it yet consider yourself warned!

Tell No Lies picks up just after Ask No Questions, Caelan is still coming to terms with the aftermath of her last case, dealing with her physical injuries, the betrayal of her senior colleague and the discovery that the love of her life didn’t actually die in her arms bu
Charlotte Burns
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like it's predecessor, Tell No Lies has an action-packed and violent start. We are thrown straight into the story (which picks up soon after Ask No Questions finished). This story has some dark themes: it opens with us knowing of two people who have been violently tortured and killed. A police officer has been involved in a collision that may not have been accidental; her brother is a drug dealer and her family are well known in the drug scene. There is also a brothel where young immigrant girls ...more
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Lisa Hartley lives with her partner, son, two dogs and several cats.

She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Studies, then had a variety of jobs but kept writing in her spare time.

She is currently working on the next DS Catherine Bishop novel, as well as a new series with Canelo.

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