Once Upon a Lie

Maeve Conlon Novels (Volume 1)

Maggie Barbieri

Minotaur Books

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Maeve Conlon's life is coming apart at the seams. Her bakery is barely making ends meet, and one of her daughters spends as much time grounded as the other does studying. Her ex-husband has a new wife, a new baby, and a look of pity for Maeve that's absolutely infuriating. Her father insists he's still independent, but he's slowly and obviously succumbing to Alzheimer's. And now, her cousin Sean Donovan has been found dead, sitting in his car in a public park in quiet Farringville, New York, shot through the head.

There was never much love lost between Maeve and Sean and she's not exactly devastated by his death, but suddenly the police are poking around asking the family questions. It's just one more hassle Maeve doesn't have time for, until she realizes that her father, whose memory and judgment are unreliable at best, is a suspect in the murder. Maeve is determined to clear his name, but is she prepared to cope with the dark memories and long-hidden secrets that doing so might dredge up?

Maggie Barbieri will mesmerize readers with Once Upon a Lie, a gripping novel about family, justice, and the choices we make that define who we are.

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
The recipe was simple:
Take one old guy with budding Alzheimer’s, a cast of characters who had never met a potato they didn’t like, and a dead body in a closed casket. Add accusations and recriminations to taste. Mix well and bake for two hours from either three to five or seven to nine.
Voilà. Once everything cools to a simmering rage, you have an Irish wake.
Maeve had set aside exactly seventeen minutes for paying her respects to her cousin Sean. Any longer than that and she’d be late for Rebecca’s soccer game, something she

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Maggie Barbieri

MAGGIE BARBIERI is a freelance editor as well as a mystery novelist. Her father was a member of the NYPD, and his stories provide much of the background for her novels. She is the author of books including Murder 101, Extracurricular Activities, and Quick Study.

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Once Upon a Lie
Maggie Barbieri

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
11/11/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250055033
ISBN10: 1250055032
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$15.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250011671
ISBN10: 1250011671
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
December 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250011688
ISBN10: 125001168X
304 pages
$11.99
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