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The Stories You Tell

(Roxane Weary #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  128 reviews
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The Stories You Tell is Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author Kristen Lepionka's heart-pounding third novel that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats with her signature twists and mile-high stakes.

A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you’re Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew
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Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Blackstone Audio (first published July 9th 2019)
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May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dark, Complex, and Gripping

The Stories You Tell is a complicated mystery that centers on an even more complicated Private Investigator.

Private Investigator, Roxane Weary, gets pulled into a tangled web involving a missing person, a murder, and a mobster--the main suspect happens to be her brother, Andrew. What seems like a straightforward missing persons’ investigation is much more complicated than it first seems.

The Stories You Tell is the third book in the Roxane Weary series. This can be
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

allow me to tell you a little secret - sometimes i round my star-ratings up. if i like an author either IRL or if i have liked their words in the past, even if i’m not feeling the deeplove towards a particular book of theirs, i’ll hoist ‘em a little closer to the light to be a pal. i never lie in my reviews, but star ratings (mine and others’) are of little consequence, so an upround here or there is no biggie.

but i have never had to upround kristen lepionka. even though she has b
Chelsea Humphrey
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: karen
In the words of Madea:


I was already a hardcore fan of this series, but my woman crush on Roxane Weary just grew to immense proportions. Some of the best crime fiction stories are the ones featuring a quiet power; I'll gladly sacrifice flashy twists and over-the-top drama for a grounded, consistent procedural, as I'm always more drawn to the character driven plots that feature clever cases. All three books in this series are fabulous, and if you haven't read them I urge you to start from the begi
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This series is a straight forward PI series. This time the story involves a missing person. Roxane gets a weird call from her brother late at night. A gal he had a two night stand with showed up late at night at his apartment . Disheveled, frantic. She makes a phone call and then leaves. When Roxane tries to relieve his mind the next day by checking up on her, it appears the woman has gone missing. And her place of employment, a night club across the street from her brother’s apartment has close ...more
Private Investigator Roxane Weary and her brother, Andrew, are night owls, but it's still never good news when she gets a call from Andrew in the middle of the night. This time, Andrew tells her that he's just had the strangest visit from Addison Stowe, a young woman who used to work with him at the hotel where he tends bar. She seemed panicked and scared, begging to used Andrew's phone, and she disappeared almost as quickly as she arrived. At Andrew's pleading, Roxane starts looking for Addison ...more
Charlotte May
Jul 30, 2019 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition
Library copy available for pick up

Though I'm so confident in Kristen Lepionka that I'll probably buy a copy of this as well!
Can't wait to see what Roxane's next case is about!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
PI Roxane Weary gets a call in the middle of the night from her brother Andrew. He's worried about a visitor that showed up in the evening at his place clearly upset. All she wanted was to use his phone and then she left. He then calls Roxane to help to find the young woman, whose name is Addison, whom he seems to know vaguely. Problems arise when Addison's father calls the police after getting a distress call from his daughter. The cops seem inclined to believe that the last person that saw Add ...more
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
I have been a huge fan of the Roxane Weary series since book one, The Last Place You Look and if you enjoy a gritty, dark yet straightforward PI procedural, then The Stories You Tell is the perfect book for you! I couldn’t wait to read more about Roxane Weary, PI because she’s one of my favorite characters because she's so not only so realistic but she's a strong, witty, intelligent, fierce, albeit flawed, female lead and I'm all about that!

Roxane gets a middle of the night phone call from her b
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to protagonists, Columbus, Ohio, PI Roxane Weary is right up there with the best mystery solvers in the business. In what is her third outing Roxane is already reeling from turbulence in her long-term relationship when she gets a late-night call from her brother Andrew. Shortly before a local DJ called Addison Stowe came to his home in distress. After making a call despite Andrews best efforts she would rush out.

Roxane's attempts to find Addison comes up empty with it clear she has
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristen Lepionka is a new author to me, but her third book “The Stories You Tell” caused me to immediately add her two previous books in the mystery series - “The Last Place You Look” and “What You Want” to my reading stack. Lepionka does an impressive job of bringing new readers up to speed on the happenings in the previous two books without getting bogged down in that history.

While there are a lot of detective novels with unique or troubled detectives, Roxane Weary is a fresh, well-written, a
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Stories You Tell is part of the Roxane Weary series and is my first read by the author. I wasn't familiar with the character of Roxane, but I quickly got a feel for who she is. Roxane is not perfect, and the story only benefits from her imperfections. She drinks, is too nosy for her own good and struggles with relationships; however, she has good qualities as well. Roxane is a natural at detective work with great instincts. She loves her family and wants to protect them. She is not afraid of ...more
Bruce Hatton
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-crime
In the third novel of this promising series featuring P.I. Roxane Weary, Roxane is hired by her brother Andrew to discover the whereabouts of a former girlfriend of his who was working at a seedy nightclub as a D.J. Things turn serious when a couple of her colleagues also go missing. The whole mystery seems to be linked to a local dating app called BusPass and the novel explores the numerous dangers of social media in general.
On top of this, Roxane is also hired by a high-end leggings manufactur
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, need-to-own
This one, Book 3, while not perfect, is probably the best in the series.

Thoughts to come.
Another fantastic installment in the Roxane Weary PI series! This is one of my favourite ongoing series right now. There is literally nothing more that I want out of it.

I think I'm getting smarter at mystery plots cause I was able to follow the different threads of Roxane's detective work, from investigating a shady bar's finances to looking at online dating profiles and catfishing and searching for missing people with mysterious connections to each other. Roxane's sweet pot-dealing bartender b
Liz Barnsley
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these. Each one better than the last. Roxanne Weary is a brilliant protagonist.

Full review to follow
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always count on this series to deliver some addictive entertainment. I enjoyed this a lot, but after reading a few 5-star rave reviews, I hyped myself up for it a lot and was left a tiny bit disappointed. It was still very enjoyable, just not quite as amazing as I was hoping for. Anyways, the mystery was well done, even if the story telling felt a little unfocused at times. I didn't really guess the ending, so that's always fun. Some of the characters that were involved in the mystery of t ...more
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

The Stories You Tell will quite likely by one of my biggest reading disappointments of 2019. This third instalment featuring PI Roxane Weary has made the characters established in book 1 and 2 sketches of their former selves. What is perhaps even worse is that much of The Stories You Tell is a blatant rip-off of (view spoiler).

In many ways The Stories You Tell negates the characters' dynamics and developments that occurred in The Last Place You Look and Wh
4.5 stars. I'm so envious of anyone who hasn't started this series and has the chance to discover it by binging all three books at once. I read another book on the middle of this one, not because it wasn't engaging me, but because I didn't want it to be over and to begin another year-long wait for the next one. All that to say--I love Roxane Weary with all my heart and I want more!

In this book, we find Roxane embroiled in another mystery, not for a paying client, but for her brother, after he c
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a gritty realism about the Roxane Weary books that I really enjoy. This is the 3rd in the series with Roxane having to deal with a very complicated case which has led to her brother Michael being arrested and held in jail after a young woman disappeared following a late night visit to his apartment. It's a story that involves the dangers of social media and people who are not who they seem to be. After many twists and turns, Roxane uncovers a story of bitterness and jealousy that threate ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yay!! Third in the series and just as good as the first two, or maybe even better!
Roxane is back in her usual swirl of events. A missing girl, a brother in trouble, personal life falling apart, a few odd personalities hanging around, nothing clear and nothing simple... What not to like?
I love the writing style that Kristen Lepionka employs for her stories. It is not as intense at times yet it never loosens the grip.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back, Roxane Weary! It's always a great time returning to a beloved character and Roxane is certainly one of my favorite flawed heroines! We return to our favorite PI once again finding herself enmeshed in a case due to personal factors - this time concerning her brother Andrew and a missing girl. As Roxane tries to navigate her relationship with her girlfriend, Catherine and also her feelings for Tom, her late father's partner, she remains utterly unapologetic about the person she is - ...more
This is a series I've followed from book #1. And the ratings here lead me to believe that it was superior- their star ratings; I didn't read the whole reviews. Well for me! Nope, I liked and enjoyed this one the least of the three. Both aspects of form as a whole, and of plot direction, neither was above a 3 star read.

It's so women cat "fightish" (I know that is not a word) in all lengths. And it goes way, way too long for both the sense of the characterizations and the numbers of players AND o
I'm the odd one out by the looks of the reviews. Oy. I guess I need to stop recommending books before I read them, even if the author's previous books were five-star favorites. Lessons for Selu.

The Stories You Tell is not a bad novel; it's a solid third entry in the Roxane Weary series that offers significant character development for Andrew, Roxane's brother, and Shelby continues to show up often enough that I've grown really fond of her. The writing is clever and compact with gorgeous turns of
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pi, mystery, series, fiction, 2019, crime
What. A. Ride. I definitely had to hang on while navigating all of the twists and turns in The Stories You Tell! I love Roxane (With one n!). She has a hard time with relationships but she's an excellent private investigator. Her wry observations about the world enhance the tense story with moments of levity, which makes this series fun to read - although there is plenty of serious intrigue, as well. I find Roxane to be flawed, yet utterly compelling. (I seem to be on a flawed PI/detective kick ...more
Donna Hines
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Late night phone calls has everyone in a panic. Nothing ever good comes from them. However it always can be worse and a visit from a bloody, drunk, and hysterical friend is the breaking point for Andrew.
Addison a DJ in a local hotel bar appears to be in trouble.
The father is on the verge of paranoia as he contacts the police upon receiving a panicked voicemail from his daughter Addison.
Something is wrong! Desperately Wrong!
Meanwhile Andrew is being closely examined for wrong doing while another
Lori Rader-Day
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I love this series. Roxane is a wonderful character, very real. And I'm super into this particular book for reasons I can't spoil.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Roxane Weary. Lepionka's detective is smart, snarky, and flawed, but also capable of change and growth. Roxane doesn't have it all together, but she also no longer keeps a flask in her glove compartment - progress! I also think that these mysteries keep getting better and better. In this one, Roxane's brother Andrew is visited by an ex, who mysteriously shows up to use his phone and then disappears. Roxane tries to track her down, but gets caught up in a mystery that includes old faces an ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roxane Weary is back, y’all! I don’t know how she does it, but each book Kristen Lepionka writes is better than the last. The characters are complex, the plot is riveting, the pacing and tension are masterful, and the final act is absolutely stunning. My only regret is that five stars is the most we’re allowed to give.
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Roxana is a private investigator. One night she gets a call from her brother. He is worried about a woman who has come to his apartment in a panic and left suddenly. She is someone he knew before and now she is missing. He last call, on the brother's phone, was a panic whispered message to her father.

It became apparent quickly that this was part of a series. That didn't make it hard to follow the story, just curious about some of the backstory of the characters. Reading this one made me want to
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