Review: Patricia Raybon’s “Double the Lies”

In February, Patricia Raybon continues Annalee Spain’s 1920s tale in “Double the Lies.” The young and black detective has to overcome crime and racism in a historical Colorado.

“Double the Lies” starts off with Annalee Spain enjoying her favorite mystery book in a local library. After witnessing a heated conversation between a young couple, who happen to be white, she consoles the wife Rebecca and accompanies her home. Shockingly, Rebecca’s husband is found dead in the home. Annalee is framed for the murder and must find his killer, before she’s put in jail. The entire book follows her never ending manhunt and several puzzling suspects. She even receives hate mail from an anonymous person, who is  trying to stop her investigation. While Annalee searches the neighborhood, flies in a plane and stays at Rebecca’s uncle home for a number of days, the victim’s twin brother falls head over heels in love with her. This is very convenient, because her steady beau (pastor Jack) is missing during the entire ordeal.

Like Stephen Curry said about “All That Is Secret,” “Double the Lies” is another book you won’t want to stop reading. The story draws you end from the very beginning, and you’ll never guess who the true criminal is until the author discloses it. I recommend “Double the Lies” to big mystery and suspense fans of all ages.

“Double the Lies” is scheduled to be released on February 7th, 2023.

A Special Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the advance reader copy of the book and cover image.

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