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All the Best Lies

(Ellery Hathaway #3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The highly anticipated third novel in the award-winning Ellery Hathaway mystery series.

FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is book three of an unputdownable series. Easily standing on its own, I would still suggest starting with book one The Vanishing Season to truly get the full scope of these complex characters.

    FBI agent Reed Markham just un-covered something quite shocking. There may have been a great deal more to his upbringing and family life! Tracing his roots to Las Vegas, he’s discovered his actual birth mother, Camilla. Tragically she was murdered some time ago and Reed is now committed to bringing
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Are you all set to take a heart throbbing, exciting journey to Sin City by reading an amazing, captivating crime thriller story? If your answer is YES, join me and buckle up! We will have thrillingly fantastic time!
    Thanks to Reading Insiders Club of Macmillan Publishers, as a lucky redhead cow I got my ARC COPY as you may see my know-it-all , cocky smile on my face:

    Well, I proudly announce that I found another series to be addicted and hit my forehead several times not to discover them for too
    Susanne  Strong
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4 stars

    Peril awaits Markham and Hathaway in the City that Never Sleeps.

    The day that FBI Agent Reed Markham asks suspended cop Ellery Hathaway for help, she of course, says yes. After all, he’s helped her on numerous occasions, and has even saved her life a few times.

    Trying to find out who killed Markham’s birth mother, Camilla, forty (40) years earlier in the City of Las Vegas, sounds like an impossible task, but that was before Markham and Hathaway were assigned the case.

    Trying to solve
    ALL THE BEST LIES by Joanna Schaffhausen is a crime thriller, a police procedural and the third book in the Ellery Hathaway mystery series. It is set mostly in Nevada and worked for me as a standalone novel.

    The main characters are FBI agent Reed Markham and a suspended police officer Ellery Hathaway. Reed decides to pursue a cold case; the unsolved murder of his birth mother. He enlists the help of Ellery and they head to Las Vegas, the site of the murder. I don’t want to say any more about the
    Maureen Carden
    Tolstoy wrote happy families are all alike. Until they aren’t. In All the Best Lies FBI Special Agent Reed Markham is going three for three. His birth mother, the young Puerto Rican, Camilla Flores was brutally murdered forty years ago in Las Vegas, while he lay in a crib in the next room. He is recently divorced from his wife and desperately missing his daughter. Finally, Reed is about to implode his very loving adoptive family thanks to some information he recently discovered.
    Who better to
    Katie B
    I rolled the dice with this one because I hadn't read the first 2 books in the series. Thankfully my gamble paid off and I really enjoyed this one. I liked the characters so much I'm motivated to go read the other books just so I can learn more about them.

    FBI agent Reed Markham's mother Camilla was stabbed to death years ago when Reed was a baby. The Las Vegas Police Department eventually gave up on solving the case and Reed has decided now is the time to find his mother's killer once and for
    Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley, series, kindle
    All the Best Lies is getting a 5 star from me because it is still a few months away from publication, but when I gave it a quick peek last evening, I just couldn't stop reading. Ellery Hatheway is still on suspension, but when Reed drops by and asks her to follow him to Las Vegas to cover the cold case of his birth mother's murder, she cannot help but jump at the chance to do some investigating. But Ellery is going to have to deal with her own family problems along the way. Add to that the ...more
    Joanna Schaffhausen
    Apr 17, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    Reed and Ellery travel to Las Vegas to solve his mother's murder. This one was such fun to write, and I can't wait for it to hit the shelves!
    Kathryn in FL
    I'm new to Joanna Schaffhausen's work and I enjoyed this story immensely. It is third in the Ellery Hathaway series but it definitely can be read as a standalone story. All the background needed is layered into the story as it progresses, so no need to search for and read the previous two stories prior. However, it did make me want to read the first two in the series!

    FBI Agent Reed Markham and his love interest, officer Ellery Hathaway who joins him by providing him with moral support and a
    Lori Lamothe
    FBI agent Reed Markham has saved more than a few lives, including Ellery Hathaway's, but there is one person whose death has haunted him for decades. Camilla Flores was just a poor waitress when someone brutally murdered her in front of her four-month-old son. Forty years later, the Las Vegas PD wants to lay the case to rest but Reed isn't ready to forget about it—not until he finds his birth mother's killer, anyway. With Ellery's help, he sets out to unravel the mystery of Camilla's past. It's ...more
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Lucky me - I was able to read all 3 of the books in the series in 3 days and what a great thrill ride it has been! My only regret in devouring these this fast is that most horrible of fates: waiting for the next installment to be written and appear on my shelf.

    Former policewoman Ellery Hathaway (she's on leave) and FBI agent Reed Markham are at it again. Their partnership takes them on many trips, but this one is very personal to Markham. Over 40 years ago, his mother was murdered while he lay
    Donna Hines
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    Forty years ago Reed lay in a crib while his mother was brutally murdered.
    As an FBI agent his job is to track down the criminals as his job is now personal.
    Who murdered his mother and why?
    The case soon became cold until the web of lies began to slowly unravel.
    With the truth coming to light about his adoptive father, his mother's past, and his family secrets; it all leaves a bitter taste in his mouth.
    Sometimes family is not always thicker than blood and when the lies seem insurmountable Reed
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is the third book in this series and even though it can be read as a stand alone book it does refer back to a lot of previous characters. I have enjoyed this series and hate to see it end
    Dee Arr
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery
    Reed Markham and Ellery Hathaway team up once again, this time to investigate a forty-year-old cold case that involves Reed’s murdered mother, Camilla Flores. There are plenty of suspects thrown our way and a couple of surprises at the end. The sexual tension between Reed and Ellery is a major part of the book, and author Joanna Schaffhausen does her best to continue to throw up roadblocks between the pair. Both have been through emotional times in their pasts, and must battle their individual ...more
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    All the best praise for All the Best Lies, the third of the Ellery Hathaway mystery series! I was engrossed from start to end and enjoyed the new complications in Reed and Ellery’s lives as he investigates a personal cold case with Reed’s help. This is my favorite of the series so far.
    Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and the author Joanne Schaffhausen for an advanced digital review copy. This book will be published February 11, 2020.
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley2019
    Whenever Reed Markham and Ellery Hathaway get together, it is never for a dull afternoon doing laundry. Ellery is still suspended from her job, and Reed has decided to take a close look at an unsolved closed case. The victim, Camilla Flores, was brutally murdered while her baby was in the next room. That little boy was Reed, adopted by the wealthy Markham family. Recent events have made Reed question his birth, his adoption, his family, and who killed his biological mother. Reed reaches out to ...more
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Like the popular thing around; this story has its origin in a DNA test. I love genealogy and the paths that are traveled to uncover our pasts. Reed Markhan was adopted 40 years ago and took this test at the suggestion of his step sister. These results lead him on a search for his mothers' murderer. Helping him along is ex cop Ellery Hathaway who also has a past shrouded in dark shadows. Talented author telling a great story with the help of amazing characters. "A copy of this book was provided ...more
    Lou Jacobs
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Great, fantastic and incredible ... this best describes Schaffhausen's three novels involving her signature characters ... Ellery Hathaway and FBI profiler Reed Markham. I've had the pleasure of reading all three in close proximity. The third can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone, as the writer seamlessly supplies the necessary back story. Reed was instrumental in freeing the teenaged Ellery from the clutches of the notorious serial killer, Francis Michael Coben. Although she escaped with ...more
    Jill Elizabeth
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I don't know how, but this series just keeps getting better! In the eagerly-awaited third-in-series, Schaffhausen ups the ante yet again, this time bringing Ellery and Reed together to explore their most significant case together: the murder of Reed's mother forty years ago... The story line hooked me from the description; Schaffhausen's writing sealed the deal once I started reading and throughout much of it I literally couldn't put it down.

    The character development in this series is
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This series just keeps getting better! Ellery and Reed are on another case and the chemistry is off the charts! The character development throughout this series has been fantastic. I loved watching these characters fully emerge in this installment! The mystery was incredibly suspenseful and well plotted. I finished this in a day as I just couldn’t put it down! Thank you to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: first-reads, crime
    All the Best Lies is book 3 in the Ellery Hathaway series. This book can be read stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the earlier books in the series first since the books build on each other. All the Best Lies picks up where No Mercy left off. I read No Mercy last year, so I had a little trouble remembering what was happening at the beginning of this book initially.
    In All the Best Lies, FBI agent Reed Markham takes center stage as he tackles the 40-year-old cold case of his mother's
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I was happy but also a bit hesitant to receive a notice from the publisher giving me an opportunity to read this since I read the 2nd book of the series through Net Galley. My hesitation was because I didn't particularly care for the 2nd book because Ellery was so nasty and vicious to everyone around here especially Reed when it was not necesssary and it made the book more difficult to get through. I am very pleased to say that I am definitely glad that I ended up reading "All the Best Lies" ...more
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I found this to be remarkable reading. Reed is an FBI profiler who is now looking into the forty year old murder of his mother. He is also examining his entire identity as he has just learned who his birth father was. Ellery is a Boston cop who is presently on a leave because she murdered a killer and her superiors are looking into the circumstances of the death. She is also discovering herself after having been kidnapped, held and tortured by a serial killer when she was a teenager. Reed, then ...more
    Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Another great installment of the Reed and Ellery saga. In this one we get a more personal glimpse of both of their lives and their family secrets, and of course plenty of intrigue, twists and turns. I love the imagery in this, Las Vegas is described perfectly I felt like I was there. Very enjoyable, would definitely recommend, and can't wait for the next one!!
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this title in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    I’ve enjoyed the two previous books in this series (The Vanishing Seasonand No Mercy), but I think this one is the best. The preliminaries are out of the way – we know the basic back story, we know the main characters, Ellery and Reed, and the author can focus on further development of the characters and the plot. There are references, of course, to their backgrounds, but I think this is definitely a series to
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Terrific as a standalone but even better as part of the Ellery Hathaway series, All the Best Lies by Joanna Schauffhausen is an excellent suspense and murder mystery. I have read the first book in the series (The Vanishing Season and found it was very very good!) I missed No Mercy, which is the second book but plan to track it down and read it. See, the main character, Ellery is fascinating. She survived the horrific abduction and rape that made her famous and channeled her experiences into ...more
    Dee Cherry
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: paperback-arc
    Great read. The more I read of this story, the more intriguing it became. While my 1st read by this author was the 3rd book in the Ellery Hathaway series, her style of writing made it easy to become familiar with the characters, and follow the story without difficulty. The content offered valuable background information concerning Ellery and her previous devastating situation. Ellery's relationship with Reed was well defined as their past had them together once again- to solve this current ...more
    Edi McNinch
    Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It seems I got my wish, a third book in the series that ties up a lot of loose ends but leaves an open door for more adventure from Reed and Ellery. They do not need to be read in order, and can be read independently, but it would enhance your knowledge of characters and situations to have done so.

    Nothing to say but read the jacket cover for a description and read a fairly paced mystery and enjoy it. This is definitely the best book so far, but I enjoyed the other 2 books. Thank goodness Ellie
    Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book! Well-written, descriptive, and enjoyable! The author consistently paints a vivid, imaginative scene. So many books of this genre are over the top and far-fetched. This is not one of them. I did figure out who the killer was before the reveal but the author still had some surprises up her sleeve and kept me engaged through the last page. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    An excellent read! One of those books you are happy is already a series: I want more of these lead characters. Excellent well plotted mystery with enough surprises and twists and thrills paired with a developing romance, some accurate police procedural stuff--this book has it all. Schaffhausen is a great writer. I highly recommend this mystery.
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