"An amusing romp of a mystery"
For fifteen-year-old Ryan Cooperman the welcome mat at Bryn
Derwyn Academy ends with his latest incident of negative
behavior. The nasty teen terrorist is going to pay a visit
to Judge Rolfe in nearby Philadelphia where Ryan will be
officially welcomed into the 'scared straight' program. Of
course, Ginger Barnes endlessly kicks herself for
volunteering to escort the miscreant when her husband is
too busy to do so.
After depositing her 'client' with the Judge and his crew,
Ginger passes the time waiting for the torturer to be
returned to her by wandering the courthouse. She is
stunned to observe that former childhood hero Professor
Finnemeyer is on trial for a fraudulent antique scam.
Ginger decides to investigate after she rids herself of her
delinquent charge at the local train station. She soon
finds that the witnesses for the prosecution have agendas
to keep things quiet so that Finnemeyer will take the hit,
but that her champion falls off the pedestal as he has a
history of questionable, illegal behavior.
LIE LIKE A RUG is an amusing, very entertaining
investigative tale because the heroine is so real she
insures the plot remains genuine. Ryan is a great
character who even hooks Ginger in his nasty way of dissing
people. The rest of the support cast rounds out Ginger's
latest adventure by reacting to her actions so that she
seems even more like a person rather than a character.
Donna Huston Murray continues to furnish pleasant novels
filled with ginger that engross the reader's interest from
start to finish.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001