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The Stories You Tell

The Stories You Tell

A Mystery

Roxane Weary (Volume 3)

Kristen Lepionka

Minotaur Books

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"Lepionka is setting a high standard for crime fiction." —Booklist (starred review) on What You Want to See

The Stories You Tell is Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author Kristen Lepionka’s heart-pounding third novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats with her signature twists and mile-high stakes.

A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you’re Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew, whose evening was interrupted by an urgent visit from Addison, a hip young DJ and one-time fling, who turns up at his apartment scared and begging to use his phone. She leaves as quickly as she appeared, but now Andrew is worried—especially when Addison never makes it home and her friends and family demand to know where she is. As the police begin to suspect that something may have happened to her, and that Andrew is involved, Roxane tracks Addison’s digital footprint as she goes deeper and deeper into the events preceding her disappearance. Meanwhile, a cop is found dead on the opposite side of town, leading to a swirl of questions surrounding a dance club whose staff—which includes Addison—has suddenly gone AWOL. As Roxane struggles to distinguish the truth from the stories people tell about themselves online, it's clear that the mystery of Addison's whereabouts is just the beginning.

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I could never sleep at Catherine’s house, and it made no sense. Everything about her bedroom was engineered to combat insomnia—from the cool French linen sheets to the plush king-size mattress to the blackout curtains—but none...

Praise for The Stories You Tell

"Building to a chilling and surprising conclusion, the third book in Lepionka's Shamus-Award-winning series is both intricately plotted and character-driven, with a complicated protagonist."—Library Journal

With Kristen Lepionka’s The Stories You Tell, an already-great series takes a major leap forward - and readers should rejoice. In Roxane Weary, Lepionka has created an unforgettable, deeply flawed hero that nods to the past but blazes a wholly unique trail. The Stories You Tell is brimming with surprises and a mystery that’s both stealthy and menacing. Lepionka is a pro." —Alex Segura, author of Dangerous Ends and Blackout

"Lepionka's keen eye for integrating national news and technology into her developing characters' plotlines produces a story that's timely in more ways than one." —Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining. Fans of plucky female detectives will look forward to Roxane’s further adventures ."—Publishers Weekly

"Roxane herself, a remarkably well-drawn and interestingly flawed character, continues to command interest." —Booklist

"Don’t think, 'I’ll read a few pages before I go to sleep.' It won’t work. Keeping pace, Lepionka’s third Roxane Weary novel will keep you wide-eyed and transfixed."—Lavender Magazine

Reviews from Goodreads

Kristen Lepionka

KRISTEN LEPIONKA is the Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of The Last Place You Look and What You Want to See. She grew up mostly in her local public library, where she could be found with a big stack of adult mysteries before she was out of middle school. She is a co-founder of the feminist podcast Unlikeable Female Characters, and she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

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