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Where The Truth Lies

(DI Ridpath #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,115 ratings  ·  242 reviews
The case was closed. Until people started dying… The unputdownable first DI Ridpath crime thriller from bestseller MJ Lee

A killer in total control. A detective on the edge. A mystery that HAS to be solved.

DI Thomas Ridpath was on the up in the Manchester CID: a promising young detective whose first case involved capturing a notorious serial killer. But ten years later
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Published October 22nd 2018 by Canelo
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Sumit RK
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial killer on the loose. A detective on the edge. A mystery waiting to be solved.

” We seek evidence, it’s all that counts. The truth always lies. Only evidence is clear. Pure, unadulterated evidence.”

This is the first book in the DI Ridpath crime thriller series. DI Thomas Ridpath has just returned to work after receiving treatment for cancer. Interestingly, he is assigned to the Coroner’s office instead of being reassigned as a detective in the police force.

Without revealing too much
Louise Wilson
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
DI Ridpath #1

This is the first book in the DI Ridpath crime thriller series. DI Thomas Ridpath has just returned to work after being off sick for nine months while he was receiving treatment for cancer. Ten tears ago,he was on the up in Manchesters CID. His first case was to investigate and arrest a notorious serial killer. Now, women are being tortured and murdered in a similar way. But the man they arrested ten years ago for the murders is still in jail. Is this a copycat killing or was the wr
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where the Truth Lies is the first novel in the DI Thomas Ridpath contemporary crime series set in and around Manchester, UK. Ridpath worked specifically for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which investigates serious crimes, but due to various reasons, he has been demoted to work in the coroner's office. So, when a past case comes back to haunt him can he contain the fallout?

I am so excited about how refreshingly original this book was, There were plenty of the customary twists and tu
 Li'l Owl
4 Thrilling, Heart Stopping ★'s!

The man swung the hammer back towards him, backhanded now, curving it round in an arc. Ridpath jumped backwards, grabbing the arm as it curved through the air.
His opponent fell forward, off balance.
Ridpath swung the man’s arm against the leg of a metal desk, hearing the wrist crack beneath his hands.
The hammer tumbled to the ground.
Ridpath grabbed the back of the man’s head and smashed it into the metal edge of the desk. He pulled the man’s head back, ready to s
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new series and author to me, this compelling police procedural was an eclectic mix of crime mystery, medical drama and serial killer thriller that surprisingly works extremely well.
When DI Ridpath returns from a long bout of sick leave, having fought cancer, he is temporarily moved to the Coroner's Office from CID with a remit to report everything back to his old boss. But once a detective, always a detective, and Ridpath finds himself embroiled in a case caught in his past with serious ramifi
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2008, Chorlton, Manchester. PC Tom Ridpath is chasing a white van. When the driver stops he attacks the officer with Ridpath and flees on foot. Giving chase, Ridpath follows the man to a garage which the man enters. Inside the garage, the body of a dying woman is discovered, and DNA of other missing women are found inside the van.

James Dalbey, the driver, is convicted of the murder of Alice Seagram and sentenced to 30 years in prison and given the nickna
"We seek evidence, it's all that counts. The truth always lies. Only evidence is clear."

DI Tom Ridpath has been temporarily seconded to the coroner from Manchester Police. He's just returned to work after a 9 month absence for treatment of his myeloma. He's now in remission and has been cleared, but he has to smooth over relationships between the coroner's office and the constabulary before he can resume his previous position. His first assignment is to deal with the family of the murdered Alice
Kirsty ❤️
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the DI Ridpath series. I liked the premise of this one of a detective returning from long term sick to work as a coroners officer rather than back in the police force. I liked the idea of how they research the truth rather than looking at convictions. Giving the plot a timeline as they raced to find the truth in time for an inquest made the story line really fast paced. I liked some of the characterisation. Some of it felt a little rushed and left me with questions but there are now ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Enjoyed overall, mainly for the key character.
Oliver Clarke
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I haven’t yet reviewed a book I really disliked on CriminOlly, but that streak of good luck was bound to change at some point. It has, quite resoundingly, today. As I put down my Kindle after finishing MJ Lee’s ‘Where The Truth Lies’ I was filled with that kind of existential despair that you get from realising you’ve just wasted hours of your life on something that wasn’t worth it. As a result, this will be a shorter than normal review as I don’t want to spend any more time on this book than I ...more
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3.5 stars. This was a new author for me. It seems he is having a change from historical fiction set in foreign lands and writing a crime series set in jolly England. It was a pretty good story, a bit slow to start but I often think that's fine in the first book of a series as the author is introducing his (or her) characters and so on. There is no sign of book 2 yet but it is pretty clear there is to be another instalment.

Here we have DI Thomas Ridpath returning to work after a nine month break
Reading this first book in the Ridpath series was like putting on an old comfortable pair of shoes. Tom Ridpath is a likeable and interesting character, the story flows easily, there are some surprises and at the end we are presented with a nice cliff-hanger.
All as I particularly like. A nice book to read and escape from reality for a few hours. Well-written, with not too much violence, some romance, some likeable characters and some very unlikable characters. Enough going on to keep reading, bu
Lady Delacour
Ok folks, if you are up for
an action packed crime thriller,
this story will not disappoint.
Listened with TTS.
Clean with Foul Language.
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Canelo for an advance copy of There The Truth Lies, the first novel to feature DI Tom Ridpath of Greater Manchester.

When Ridpath returns to work after a nine month battle with cancer he is seconded to the Coroner’s Office rather than returning to MIT as he’d hoped. The Coroner’s Office is not the oasis of calm and regular hours he had anticipated because the High Court has reopened Ridpath’s first case, the one that made his name, and it’s not looking good. At
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This had been a compelling read; full of surprises, twists and real characters, you only need to discover Where The Truth Lies...
This is a detective procedural book, but you don't feel like a simple observer, the characters felt so real that you feel totally involved in this horrifying case. Because even if DI Thomas Ridpath has some health problems and he has been transfer to the coroner's department, he can not stay away from a good mystery!
The story begins when an old case where DI Thomas Rid
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well wow and wow again what an absolutely fantastic book this is !!!! From page one it grabbed my attention and just never let go and talk about a heart pounding finish, this really had it all.
The storyline was exciting, thrilling and just choc full of interesting information about the coroner’s office which I didn’t know and gave the book real depth. I loved Ridpath he is a wonderful character and really look forward to the next book in this new series as I think he will become a firm favourit
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always on the lookout for a great series to start and most of the time they disappoint me, but HELLO - this one didn't and I'm so excited as this one ticks all of my boxes. It takes place in Manchester, England and features DI Ridpath. The plot starts in 2008 and then goes to the present time period. Ridpath is now a Detective Inspector. It’s his first day back on the job as he was ill for nine months after being diagnosed with cancer which has gone into remission. To be sure he is fit to b ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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I had a few niggles with this book but overall enjoyed it. I was hoping for a bit more insight into the coroners office duties/life but it was more a straight police procedural.
I didn't know why the Polly storyline was really in there, I don't feel like having marital tensions really added anything meaningful to the story.
I did like Ridpath and Castle, and the sense of place was very good. I didn't see the ending coming which was great, but the killer's overall motivation seemed a bit limp to m
Madeleine Black
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was totally pulled in from the first page and found the book to be compelling, full of twists and turns! Really enjoyed it and would definitely read more from this author
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good read! I felt it had a good pace and enough going on to keep your interest. There were lots of suspicious characters so it was impossible to predict how the ending would turn out (though when you realise which ones weren't guilty, it left you thinking they were in fact just misogynistic pigs). I liked the original take on the crime thriller genre - getting to explore some new roles.

All of the chapters are written in third person, so sometimes I did find it took a moment to work out which c
Susan Hampson
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love to begin a new series and went on to read book 2, Where the Dead Fall, straight away. DI Ridpath is not at his best when you meet him as he is on trials for a new drug to treat cancer patients. To help ease him back into work, after his long absence, it has been decided to move him to a less stressful position and so he is transferred to the coroner's office.
I took to Ridpath straight away, with his vulnerability that he hides from everybody including himself as he juggles work, home, and
Allyson Abbott
Where the truth lies by M.J. Lee
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me a free copy in return for an honest review.
A most enjoyable detective/mystery that kept me interested all the way through and I will highly recommend it.
The story line is a little different to the normal detective books because Tom Ridpath is put on temporary duty as the coroner’s officer, so he is required to approach an old case from a different angle to what he is used to. And to make it more interested it was a case that
Susan Foulkes
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly as described...unputdownable.

The plot is well constructed, the pace gains momentum as the story develops, and there are myriad twists and turns.

DI Ridpath is a welcome newcomer to the genre. Keen to get back to work after a serious illness, the stresses on his marriage amplified by said illness, his feeling that he is being forced out of the police, and most of all, his honesty and integrity, make him a well rounded and believable character.

Assigned to the Coroner's Office R
Daniel Kincaid
It was Okay, I guess. Nothing out of the ordinary, engaging, or original.

The writing itself is the main issue with this novel. It was hoard to follow the train of thoughts of characters sometimes, as they would suddenly change topic mid-dialogue, over and over again. I didn't happen once, but constantly.
The bad guy is boring, to say the least. You never learn what makes him tick, only that he loves to torture women. And those torture scenes were WAY TOO LONG! And way too graphic- they really d
Virginia Tican
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manchester, England ~ DI Thomas Ridpath was temporarily seconded for three months to the Coroner's Office after almost a year of cancer treatment (his myeloma now in remission after finishing Christie's cancer treatment~trials with mandatory scheduled monthly blood tests)... his superiors as well as his wife and daughter all thought the new assignment would be easing his previous workload when he was still active in the Force, they were wrong. Ridpath being what he was and is, redefined his job ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The author M.J.Lee has excelled in this book. It was bloody brilliant. OMG I loved it, I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this book.
Emydee Hannon
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you like to read good crime dramas then you will like this one,

Very good read, if you like crime drama you will like this book. Well thought out and easy to understand,
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Really good you change your mind each chapter as too who the guilty party is. Also not to much dwelling on the private lives of the police just the right amount to get by with.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this audio book. Keen to listen to more
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Canelo for this arc.

This was a fast and compelling read for me. The plot was fast paced (in spite of the Coroner's Office) and twisty... just the way I like them. Oh sure there were a few loose hairs, but aren't there always. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships with each other. Some of them were overly ambitious and driven policemen / women at the cost of their personal lives and some were just there with conflicting agendas. It's only a few hours since I fin
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