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Case of Lies

(Nina Reilly #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,326 ratings  ·  82 reviews
No one writes legal suspense like Perri O'Shaughnessy. Blending powerful human drama with legal thrills, mystery, humor, and unforgettable characters, the New York Times bestselling author has created a uniquely entertaining series of novels centered around lawyer and single mother Nina Reilly. Now, in a masterful new novel, Nina's investigation into an unsolved murder tak ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 1st 2005)
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Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting more and more stupid. And yet, I feel compelled to keep reading them because I have to know what happens to these characters.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
(2014) I really liked this despite the flaws. I found it very gripping and liked the characters who were mostly convincing. There were a few plot holes and all the PhD level Maths was way over my head and definitely not needed for the plot but, that apart, a very enjoyable book and one I looked forward to coming back to each time. And starting the series on number 11 didn't affect my enjoyment!

(Re-read this in October 2017. Still liked it but slightly less so this time as the Maths talk was just
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This book is #11 in the Nina Reilly legal series, published in 2005. Just like me to buy a book and then find out it's near the end of the series. But it was a good garage sale buy.

Nina Reilly practices law in Lake Tahoe. She takes a case involving a wife killed during a motel robbery. Three witnesses vamoosed and the shooter has not been found. After taking the case, Nina is trying to figure out why she has become a target. I was trying to figure that out too.

I liked the author's wri
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
A robbery, the murder of a pregnant schoolteacher, followed by the disappearance of three witnesses – all take place at a Lake Tahoe motel and lead to a wrongful death suit. Time is running out on the case and there has been no significant progress; the previous attorney wants out. Nina Reilly takes over the case of the bereaved spouse, at the personal request of the victim’s niece.

Her first action is to locate the witnesses – three brilliant math students – and she tracks two of them to Boston.
Mary Sue
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
One of a series about a California Lawyer, who does well on the job, but sure doesn't have a clue about her personal life. This novel sparked my interest because the principal characters involved in the story were mathmaticians. The author(s)present math theory in such away that it seems fascinating, stimulating and like it actually can make a difference in our lives. Who woulda thought! Author also does a great job of portraying the Lake Tahoe community. ...more
Ellen Mandly
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked it! To be truthful, I finished this a couple days ago and forgot to review it, and don't have time now, but I remember I liked it! It's a well established series and I know I began back in 2003ish so if I enjoyed it I'd have more to read -- I'll add the next in the series for sure. Nina Reilly is a very relatable woman, with every day problems like the rest of us - the only difference is the exciting legal cases she takes on. Two thumbs up! ...more
Karen Hufman
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty good but I didn't always love the actions of the protagonist. She's a lawyer in Tahoe that's dragged her son a couple of places while she tries to figure her life out but doesn't think he should be uprooted to see his Dad in Germany. There was also a large number of people murdered and it didn't really fit the crime. There was a lot of high level math in the book as well as card counting. ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller, legal
#11 in the Nina Reilly series.

Nina Reilly breaks up with Paul and returns to Lake Tahoe. Her masseuse asks her to look into a claim of negligence her uncle filed against a local motel in the death of his wife during a robbery. The case leads Nina to Boston and Germany, where she stays with Bob's father, and into the esoteric world of higher mathematics. Wish Whitefeather is her new investigator.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is in the legal suspense category. I liked the main character and seem to think I have read some of these before. However, none are listed in my good reads books. Had me hanging to the end. Lost multiple characters along the way. If you are into numbers, especially primes, this would be the book for you. However you don't have to be into numbers to read and enjoy it. ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought some of the Math talked about in the early chapters was more info than we needed about a character until it all tied together making it one heck of a great story. I have like the books and at first I was not so sure, then it became one of the best. I need patience some times.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, got pulled into the story, learned something about math science, enjoyed the familar settings in Lake Tahoe area. Slightly disappointed at the unlikely plot lines explaining the reasons for some of the murders.
Rebecca Cecil
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For Nina Reilly, the mountain town of Lake Tahoe is home. It's where she forged a successful career as a tough, resourceful attorney-and raised her teenage son, Bob, alone. Back from a stint in Monterey, where her love life took a tumble, Nina has returned to her Tahoe law office with her old friends Sandy Whitefeather and Sandy's son, Wish. It isn't long before she has a new client whose wife was shot and killed during a casino-district robbery two years before. The police have no suspects, and ...more
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May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
This book was interesting-- better than average-- but not great.


It is a lawyer book where 99% of the lawyer stuff is done out of the courtroom.

Still, it has some interesting moments. The author introduces the reader to some heavy math theory, which causes a bit of mis-direction for a time. When the case is solved, it is primarily because a witness decides to offer a key piece of evidence.

I've read several in this series and enjoy them-- but really feel like the lead character is a selfish
Donna Hulsey
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much I enjoy this author. Humor and compassion all wrapped up in one book. Plus a great plot with great characters. Nina takes on a 2 year old case where a woman was killed by a stray shot, accidently, during a robbery. She does it as a favor to her masseuse, who is a niece to the killed woman. The three robbery victims have something to hide too, and all flee the scene before the police arrive. Suddenly, people start to die all around Nina. She ends up going to Boston, and t ...more
Jeff Dickison
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good entry in the Nina Reilly series. She files a wrongful death suit against a hotel and is soon embroiled in murder. In pursuit of the truth she journeys to the East Coast and then to Germany. If you don't like math, avoid this like the plague. If you understand prime numbers and can handle math theory, just enjoy. Recommended to Nina Reilly devotees. ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
My first book read in this series. I will try another. I enjoyed the use of mathematics in this book as it relates to encryption, prime numbers, etc. She does a good job of expressing the beauty and importance of mathematics; and of portraying the unique characteristics of mathematicians. But, it is not a math book, but a murder mystery, with lots of surprises. Well done.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just finished this 11th novel in the Nina Riley series (13 total) and I loved it. The O’Shaughnessy sisters have done it again. This story is very well written with vivid characters and a plot line that keeps you turning pages. Set in California and Washington state this story contains intrigue, casino gambling and mathematics! Highly recommend this one.
Mark Giordano
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Kind of a slow-starter for me but it finished pretty strong. The story involves math students so there was quite a few sections regarding the theories of mathematics that was like reading a text book so I initially had trouble getting into the real story. Not a bad read but far from great too.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Someone threw this book down on a bench and left it there, so I picked it up. Disdain for littering aside, I kind of understand why this woman tossed it and walked away.
Michael Silver
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Not great literature but enjoyable
Judy Alexander
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It was good but too much math stuff! I guess it was necessary but too much. Good mystery.
Greer Andjanetta
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A better than average murder/lawyer mystery. Easy to read with an interesting and well-designed plot, the story also features a significant dose of advanced mathematics. What's not to like? ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Always enjoy Nina Reilly and her cases. This one was a bit out of my league with all the theoretical math. Still a good story.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting difference in this case for Nina. The surprise ending was a surprise that didn’t quite hang together for me. Will...maybe a little. I have mixed feelings about this one.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Nina has a client whose wife is killed when a robber stops three college students in Tahoe to gamble. The client and his wife are on the balcony and when the robbery is over his wife is dead. Lots of interesting characters in this book. The client is a drunk, his wife's brother and niece, the opposing lawyer and her husband and the college students. As Nina gets farther into the case and locates the students a whole lot more information about the case comes her way. A lot going on but a good rea ...more
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I have never read this author, very good read
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Been awhile: Nina Reilly book 9--here's the plot:
No one writes legal suspense like Perri O’Shaughnessy. Blending powerful human drama with legal thrills, mystery, humor, and unforgettable characters, the New York Times bestselling author has created a uniquely entertaining series of novels centered around lawyer and single mother Nina Reilly. Now, in a masterful new novel, Nina’s investigation into an unsolved murder takes her on a dark journey strewn with old crimes, bitter truths, and heart-st
Perri O’Shaugnessy a case of lies:
A Nina Reilly Mystery

Nina Reilly a lawyer in Tahoe takes on a cold case, about a woman who was murdered at a motel and there were no apparent witnesses.

The case has about 2 weeks left before all legitimate queries about the case runs it’s course.

Dave Hanna, husband of murdered woman Sarah Hanna, hires Nina, after being somewhat pressured by his brother-in-law and niece to try and put some closure to the case.

Nina eventually finds the witnesses and the purporte
BEWARE: One reader's bookflap summary may be another reader's spoiler.

Lake Tahoe attorney Nina O'Reilly rides to the rescue again, in a case that happens to threaten her own teen son, and also happens to reunite her with the father of the son, whom she never married and has long since moved to Germany.

The principal legal case O'Reilly is working on is an unsolved gunshot murder of a local woman at a local hotel. As part of that she seeks other patrons of the motel, long since dispersed, and lear
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Perri O’Shaughnessy is the pen-name for two people, Pamela and Mary O’Shaughnessy, sisters. The authors' pseudonym is an homage to Perry Mason, the man who never met a guilty client, and a melding of their two first names, Pamela and Mary. O’Shaughnessy is their paternal family name.

They are the authors of eleven bestselling Nina Reilly novels as well as a collection of short crime fiction, Sinist

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