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Liar, Liar (Cat DeLuca Mysteries #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  901 Ratings  ·  207 Reviews
Private Investigator Cat DeLuca and her Pants on Fire Detective Agency have a reputation for catching cheaters. It’s a skill Cat mastered when married to her run-around ex, Johnnie Ricco. Armed with a camera, Cat scales balconies, dangles from hotel windows, and splashes the bare facts on 8X10 glossies. They tend to sweeten her clients’ divorce settlements. Life takes a st ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into it. The plot was weak, the dialogue ok--with lots of funny one-liners, but the characters are not particularly interesting. I'm sure the publisher took the book because of the similarities to the highly successful Janet Evanovich series with Stephanie Plum. Unfortunately K. J. Larsen doesn't reach the same level of interest with her Cat DeLuca's Pants on Fire detective agency.
Unintentionally funny. At the end Cat DeLuca’s self-introduction that leads off the book, you know things are not going to go well. It ends with the phase: ”my life brook into a thousand Monopoly pieces”. Um, a thousand ”Monopoly” pieces? Does that make sense to anyone else? These little bits of weirdness, reminiscent of talking to an Indian call center employee pretending to be ”George from the Midwest” permeate the book. Cat goes out for dinner and has an ”Italian salad” - maybe the author mea ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing read. Very humorous of a stereotyped Chicago Italian family. It is a family filled with law enforcement members, a couple of daughters, one of which owns her own private investigative agency. This book features Caterina (Cat) Deluca.

Cat owns the "Pants on Fire Detective Agency" that specializes on getting the goods on cheating, naughty spouses. Cat was inspired by her ex...a cheating spouse. While she is on surveillance, she follows a suspect to an abandoned building. Expecti
Okay cooler authors? I think not. (met them at Borders yeaterday! They were sooo funny plus supper like, suportive.) They're sisters for one, and they were really sweet to their fans.

Better characters? I'm gonna go with a no again. I loved the huge italian family and crazy "dead men". Cat's just hallarious in genral, running a detective angency for women that want to find out if their husbands are cheaters, and Chance the dead man that she keeps runnining into, with such pretty eyes. She had cra
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, you will love this series.

Cat DeLuca runs the Pants on Fire agency...she goes out and catches the adulterers. She has a brother Rocco that is a cop, Uncle Joey (who may not really be her uncle) who "takes care" of people (can we say mob?) and a Catholic mother who likes to use the guilt card. Her family is a blue collar Italian family in Chicago to set more of the picture.

I will say I haven't laughed as much as I did with this book. Definitely
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well as you can see I decided to push through and finish this book today.
As previously mentioned did I have a hard time getting into it and remaining interested.
I don't know whether it's because I'm in a weird reading mood or because this book simply just didn't phase me.

I found it to be a bit boring yet it does have its entertaining parts as well. It's a very short book (237 pages) so I should have been able to finish this in like...two days, but it ended up being
My impression so far of this book is that it tries too hard to be a Stephanie Plum knock-off.
The overbearing family, the sidekick pet, the mafioso family connections.
I am going to give this a few more chapters to see if she ever gets into solving the case of who is Chase Santro-whatsisface and who is the blue eyeliner lady passing herself off as his wife?

I stuck with this book and still feel it is a Stephanie Plum knock-off. Although instead of forgetting to pack a gun as Stephanie always does,
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liar Liar is a fast, fun read - as noted on the jacket cover, if you enjoy Janet Evanovich (or Carl Hiaasen, Lisa Lutz) you should love this new series created by KJ Larsen (who are three sister authors writing under one name). As you might guess, it's not the mystery that's the heart of the book, but the people who inhabit it. Cat DeLuca is the owner of a detective agency that specializes in getting the goods on cheating spouses. Things get crazier than usual when a house she's watching is blow ...more
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of evanovice, lutz
Recommended to SenoraG by: advance copy from publisher
There were places where I found the writing to be a bit scattered and hard to follow. The charactors are great and easy to identify with. There were times I laughed out loud at Cat and her gangs high jinx.

My favorite charactor would have to be Mama DeLuca with her quick wit and undying love for her family. Anyone coming from an Italian family can relate to Cat's family and laugh along at her frustration.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any readers who like Janet Evanovich an
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, novel
Set in Chicago, "Liar, Liar" is a funny, action-packed mystery at high speed. If it took itself seriously, then...but it doesn't. Cat DeLuca, the protagonist owner of a detective agency, is a fully realized character with lots of attitude and a crazy family.

A completely fun ride.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If i hadn't read the janet evanovitch series, which i loved, i'd probably have liked it, but it was so hard not to continually think of stephanie plum and her life/plots/characters. A fairly good rip off, but a rip off nonetheless.
Pat St.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious mystery, in the vein of The Spellman Files (Lisa Lutz). Inept (or semi-ept) detective Cat DeLuca, aka DeLucky, attempts to uncover a plot involving the FBI, Chicago police, and any number of crooks. You'll fly through this one!
In the middle of a DeLuca family dinner I realized I was waiting for a small car to pull up and tons of clowns to fall out. Closed the book. Leave Janet alone.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally when I get partway into what I know is going to be a very low rated book, I stop reading. Sometimes I don’t. This was one of the ‘don’t’ times and I’m still unsure how I feel about that decision. On one hand, it’s good to finish something I’ve started, even something I found didn’t suit my personal tastes. On the other, I have to now live with the memory of more than 30% of this travesty.

I can’t even find something remotely positive to say, except I guess, it wasn’t longer than it was.
Debbie Maskus
I had planned on reading a great mystery set in Chicago, but the sisters Larsen presented another version of Stephanie Plum. Cat DeLuca jumps in your face as a private investigator with tons of relatives in the Chicago Police Department, and an Italian mother that out cooks Julia Child. Of course, a couple of hunky men rotate around the gorgeous Cat. Cat has a beagle, instead of a hamster, and no 'ho as her sidekick, just a crazed woman with a stun gun. The constant mention of food forced me to ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Look, I enjoyed the first few Evanovich books but that was a long time ago and I am just Done with this genre -- you know, the Clumsy Girl who's obsessed with cannoli but also super sexy, and she's surrounded by super competent men and overbearing relatives who treat her with unbearable condescension and tell her how crap she is and it's supposed to be cute, and even cuter when she turns out to be right, not that she's right because she's competent, and not that her rightness makes any differenc ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Stumbled on this one as an audio book of the right duration. Didn't quite finish in the car, so I had to get the written version. Cat DeLuca is one helluva character. Crime plus laugh out loud humor is a fantastic combo. Loved every minute / page and anxious for Book 2. Starting yet tonight!
Eco Imp
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Needed some light, quick reading to lighten the load on my brain and add humor to my soul. This fits the bill. First impression is very Stephanie Plum-ish: girl that needs help from cops, has a wired female sidekick, and interested hunk. I got past that and enjoyed the one-liners and humor. I mark this one down as guilty pleasure reading.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This reminds me of a stephanie plum series, but Cat knows how to shoot a gun. The supporting characters are also fun.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This mystery was not great, but light and entertaining. Very, very similar to Janet Evanovich's series.
Linda Riesberg
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Janet Evanovich books except it takes place in Chicago.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish
Bookventures Book Club
In case you find the title of this book oddly familiar it’s because it was modeled from a popular childhood rhyme “Liar Liar, pants on fire”. The rhyme serves as the title of Cat DeLuna’s Private Investigation firm where she catches lying and cheating husbands. The nature of Cat’s job, her crazy family and K.J’s writing makes this story a really funny and whimsical read.

Some of the more outstanding themes in the book were arguably sexism in the police and investigative fields and also the relev
I can't help but compare Liar Liar to another popular series. In fact I can compare it to two. I'm not saying it's horrible and I will never pick up a book by this author again but I don't like seeing so many of the same themes popping up. That is a heroine with a cheating ex-husband, a large colorful Italian family with a mother that is most annoying, a new female 'sidekick', two potential love interests (one a mysterious ex-spy type, the other a law enforcement guy), the blowing up cars, and I ...more
Mickey Reed
Dec 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2011
I'm not even sure what to say. This book is funny and along the lines of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. It's easy to see that comparison, so I won't do it for you. However, I thought this was a little convoluted.

Cat DeLuca owns the Pants On Fire Private Detective Agency. While spying for a woman named Rita who claims her husband is cheating, she runs right smack into the guy (Chance). He says this woman is not his wife, but an explosion stops him from explaining more. The FBI say

I loved this mystery and I loved it so much, I read it twice within 24 hours!

Three sisters have blended their creative talents to write Liar Liar and they have done a spectacular job!

Cat DeLuca investigates liars and cheats for her "company", Pants on Fire. She figures she has the experience after being married for 2 years (they're now divorced) to her no-good two-timing (really 6 timing) cheating scumbag of a husband.

While on her latest case, she almost gets taken out by a "For Lease
Ricki Nordmeyer
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watch out, Janet Evanovich ! A new player(s) is here. K.J. Larsen the pseudonym of three sisters, has written Liar, Liar, the first in the Cat DeLuca series. Caterina DeLuca, daughter and niece of countless Chicago cops and one cannoli-slinging Mama is a perfect Midwestern successor to Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. The sexy, plucky, owner of the “Pants on Fire Detective Agency: We Catch Liars and Cheats” based in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, finds herself in the middle of a bomb explosi ...more
Liar, Liar (Poisoned Pen 2010) introduces Cat DeLuca, a private investigator operating the Pants On Fire Detective Agency, specializing in cheating spouses, in Chicago. Cat is tailing Chance Savino, a suspected cheating spouse, when she sees him entering a building, which explodes and injures Cat. The body found inside the building is identified as Chance, and Cat breaks the news to her client. But things aren’t quite so simple: the FBI says the building exploded because of a gas leak instead of ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to focus on books set in Chicago that seem to be written by people that have never visited Chicago. Or have only been to the bigger tourist attractions.

Cat DeLuca is not a good detective. I honestly don't understand why as a PI you would wear heels all the time. Don't you have to run away from stuff? Also, she just makes bad choices. And even though supposedly only ONE of her relatives is crooked, they all seem to look the other way when Cat does a B&E (I learned that termi
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Sisters Kari, Julianne, and Kristen write under the pen name, K.J. Larsen.

Writing a novel together was second nature for the three sisters who created their own Nancy Drew mysteries as kids. “We live very different lives,” Kari says. “What brings us together is a voracious love of mystery, a wicked sense of humor, and the thrill of victory.”
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