“The Liar’s Lullaby” by Meg Gardiner

The Liar's LullabyMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

After a disappointing second installment in the Jo Beckett series, Meg Gardiner bounces back with “The Liar’s Lullaby.”

Singer Tasia McFarland is killed during her show in San Francisco. Normally the death of a country music star wouldn’t be front page news, except that she’s the ex-wife of the President of the United States and she’s paranoid that someone is out to get her.

Beckett happens to be at the concert and is called in on the case to determine if the death was suicide or if Tasia was killed. Before you know it, Beckett is caught up in a web of intrigue as she finds out Tasia had stalkers and that the gun apparently used belonged to the President. She also met with the President privately before her death, something that has gone unreported.

As with other entries in this series, “Lullaby” is a fast paced with twists coming every couple of chapters. Gardiner keeps the chapters short and sweet, rarely allowing Jo or the reader to catch their breath. That’s a good thing because this is a novel that probably wouldn’t hold up well if you had time to stop and think about what’s happening. It’s a popcorn read, perfect for a bit of escape or some light summer reading.

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