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The Stories You Tell

(Roxane Weary #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,056 ratings  ·  224 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
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Charlotte May
"Unfortunately, no one is ever wrong at the right time. If they were, no one would ever be wrong - we'd all just be right.' 'I can't tell if that's the whiskey talking or if you just said something profound."

I love Roxane Weary!!!!

Honestly this series is just great. If you like crime thrillers, do not miss out on these books. Roxane has got to be one of the most relatable protagonists - she is grumpy, disorganized, nosy and has quite the love for whiskey and in my opinion she is just great. S
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
People, in general, weren't all that mysterious. But when you looked into their lives from the outside - no background, no context - they suddenly looked that way.

Kristen Lepionka is an absolute badass. This series really does just keep getting better - like the chilli, actually. Even the first book is fantastic, complex and realistic characters layering with mystery and coming out dark and twisty and incredibly satisfying. But then you get the second, and the third book, and each time the chara
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
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
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 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
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one, Book 3, while not perfect, is probably the best in the series.

Thoughts to come.
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
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
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
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
Jenny Jo Weir
I love this series! Seriously, there is something about this author that I truly enjoy. The characters are all complex and each story is intriguing. I really liked how this one revolved around a group of people as opposed to just focusing on only one. I hope there are more to come.
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
Jamie Rosenblit
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
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really like Roxane Weary mysteries. They are very well crafted and written in a way you can't get bored. Here we have another interesting plot, that starts with Roxane brother getting a night visit from an old colleague.

I love how side characters from previous books keep coming back, it is good that they are not forgotten, and they make a series something more wholesome than just random episodes. What I don't like are love triangles and here, unfortunately Roxane still struggles betw
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally a solid mystery!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Donna Hines
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lori Rader-Day
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sid Nuncius
I really like the Roxane Weary series and this, the third, is as good as the first two.

Here, Roxane’s brother Andrew becomes embroiled in the disappearance of a young woman and it falls to her to find the truth. A complex, story emerges as Roxane’s love life also develops in (perhaps) unexpected ways.

Kristen Lepionka writes very well, with a beautifully paced narrative in which threads emerge slowly and credibly and Roxane’s tenacity and desire to get to the truth drive it very credibly. It is t
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