Review RIVER OF LIES By R. M. Greenaway

Review RIVER OF LIES By R. M. Greenaway

Review RIVER OF LIES By R. M. Greenaway

Review RIVER OF LIES By R. M. Greenaway

R. M. Greenaway returns to the moody climes of rainy North Vancouver in her latest book, “River of Lies,” the fifth entry in her B.C. Blues Crime series.

The book opens with a young woman, Tasha, as she braves a cold, stormy evening to get to her car at the Riverside Secondary School. While she has little on her mind beyond a budding romance, there’s another presence there with an altogether different, and deadly, purpose. Cut to her dead body and enter RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) detectives Dave Leith and Cal Dion. They may have a body, but they don’t have a lot of clues as to who did her in. Was it someone she knew? Her boyfriend, Shaun, perhaps?

A seemingly unrelated case rears up at the same time, creating an intriguing detour for our series regulars. They’re called in to investigate the uncanny disappearance of a toddler, Luna Mae, who vanished in the middle of a dinner party. The child’s mother, Gemma Vale, suspects her ex-husband’s hand in the affair thanks to a nasty custody battle. Not leaving anything to chance, Dion and Leith talk to everyone in the home, including Gemma’s stepchildren, two teens named Viviana and Tiago, the latter of whom seems to be hiding something. Constable Judy Temple, meanwhile, picks up the threads of the murder probe. The two investigations soon cross paths and the intrigue, the dead ends, and the corpses grow.

Greenaway’s chilling fifth entry comes with twists galore and serves as another worthy addition to her B.C. Blues Crime tales and, as a standalone, a gripping Canadian crime procedural. A third plot line, however, is one best left to readers who have read the series from book one, Greenaway’s award-winning “Cold Girl.”

Review RIVER OF LIES By R. M. Greenaway

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