Book Title and Author: The Stories You Tell by Kristen Lepionka
Series: Roxane Weary #3
Publication Date and Publisher: July 9, 2019 by Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery, LGBT
Pages: 352 pages
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Date Read: July 2, 2019 (paper copy from publisher)
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 listeners 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 a visit from Addison, a hip young DJ he knows from the hotel bar where he works. She was drunk, bloody, and hysterical, but she wouldn’t say what was wrong. After using his phone, she left as quickly as she appeared, and Andrew is worried. That’s when he calls Roxane.
But another late-night call occurs as well: Addison’s father calls the police after getting a panicked voicemail from his daughter. The only thing he could understand is the address she gave in the message—Andrew’s. Before long, the police are asking Andrew all about why there’s blood in his apartment and what he did to Addison. Meanwhile, another 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.
I have been a huge fan of the Roxane Weary series since book one, The Last Place You Look and if you enjoy a gritty, dark yet straightforward PI procedural, then The Stories You Tell is the perfect book for you! I couldn’t wait to read more about Roxane Weary, PI because she’s one of my favorite characters because she’s so not only so realistic but she’s a strong, witty, intelligent, fierce, albeit flawed, female lead and I’m all about that!
Roxane gets a middle of the night phone call from her brother Andrew while she’s at her girlfriend Catherine’s house. He’s frantic but won’t tell her what happened―she just needs to get over there asap. When Roxane arrives, she hears a story of a girl named Addison who rushed, terrified, into his apartment to use the phone and then ran back out, leaving him scratched as he tried to stop her. Now she’s missing and Andrew is the last known person to have seen her.
For Roxane, finding Addison is personal since Andrew is a police suspect in her disappearance. As Roxanne searches for her, she discovers connections to a nightclub across the street that suddenly closed the same time Addison went missing, another missing person connected to the nightclub, and a former cop also looking for Addison.
Things start to get heated and tense, a little twisty, as Roxanne now has more than one mystery on her hands while at the same time working through personal problems of her own: the second anniversary of her dad’s death, romantic problems with Catherine (I’m still not a fan of Cat after 3 books), and her relationship with Tom, her best friend and former lover (who I love).
The mysteries are captivating and clever, and Lepionka’s writing is sharp and solid. This is a book you won’t want to put down until Roxane has solved the cases. If you haven’t read book one or book two, What You Want to See, then I encourage you to add them to your TBR or pick them up asap! However, The Stories You Tell can be read as a standalone. All I can say is I’m dying to read book four and honestly can’t recommend this book or the series highly enough.
**Thank you Minotaur Books for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.**