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Little did businessman and entrepreneur Michael Rossi know that the telephone call he answered on that fateful Friday would be the catalyst for his death and the subsequent recovery of his body from the waters of Sydney Harbour the following morning.Recalled from leave to take on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn confronts the first of many puzzles: how Rossi spLittle did businessman and entrepreneur Michael Rossi know that the telephone call he answered on that fateful Friday would be the catalyst for his death and the subsequent recovery of his body from the waters of Sydney Harbour the following morning.Recalled from leave to take on the case, Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn confronts the first of many puzzles: how Rossi spent the unaccountable hours before he died. This leads him on a paper-trail into a tangled web of deception, jealousy and greed that unravels the mystery surrounding Michael’s death.Unaware of her nephew’s fate, Esme Timmons retires for the evening, unsuspecting of the events about to unfold, events that will, ultimately, expose a grim lie, buried deep in the past....

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ISBN : 17733784
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Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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  • Sharon
    2018-09-29 11:57

    After spending the last few weeks in London, Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn has been called back to work. Fitzjohn went back to London to revisit places he and his late wife, Edith visited in their younger years. The case Fitzjohn was required to go on was the suspicious death of Michael Rossi, who was found at Rushcutters Bay by his business partner, Nigel Prentice. Michael and Nigel had worked alongside one another in Rossi & Prentice Yachting Electronics since 2007. Nigel was having a hard time coming to terms with what had happened to, Michael, and he definitely had no ideas as to who would want to do this to him.Esme Timmons was shocked and most saddened to hear about the death of her nephew, Michael on the television. Her thoughts immediately drifted to the intruder she'd had and wondered if this had something to do with, Michael being murdered. Gathering her walking cane and handbag, Esme heads for Waverton train station and buys a ticket to Kings Cross. Once arriving at Kings Cross she then goes to the Police Station where she speaks with, Fitzjohn. After speaking with, Esme, Fitzjohn and his partner Detective Sergeant Betts start their investigation. Will they discover the killer in time before another victim is found?Aussie author Jill Paterson has once again written another fabulous read. With twist and turns this story had me intrigued right to the end. I have loved every book in this series and I am so looking forward to reading the next one.

  • Phrynne
    2018-10-08 08:48

    A light, enjoyable read. A bit predictable and there were quite a few editorial errors that detracted from it for me. I liked the main character although he was very, very similar to Adam Dalgleish without being quite as good. In all I enjoyed it as a quick read and may well try some more books from this series.

  • Brenda
    2018-09-27 08:52

    Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Fitzjohn had been called back from leave; he’d been in London for a good while and felt relaxed and refreshed. Though nothing could make up for the death of his beloved Edith, coming back to tend to her orchids in their glasshouse at the rear of his cottage gave him a measure of peace while putting the day to day problems of the surrounding world away for awhile. Meeting up with his nemesis Chief Superintendent Grieg had a negative effect until he learned he was to be seconded to Kings Cross Police Station in the centre of Sydney and accompanied by Detective Sergeant Betts – the body of a prominent businessman had been found in Sydney Harbour that morning; Michael Rossi appeared to have met a violent end, and Fitzjohn was determined to discover how and why it came about.As Fitzjohn began his investigation, he met Charlotte Rossi, daughter of Claudi Rossi who had died three years previously – Claudia was Michael’s twin sister. He also met Esme Timmons who was Michael Rossi’s aunt – was the burglary at her home connected to Michael’s death? From Sydney to the Hunter Valley vineyards and back again, Fitzjohn and Betts were dogged in their determination. And when the lies and deception began to rise to the surface, their grim satisfaction was gradual – but could they discover Michael Rossi’s murderer before he struck again? I thoroughly enjoyed this, the third in the DCI Alistair Fitzjohn mysteries, set in Sydney and written by Aussie author Jill Paterson. The gentle twists and turns, the ease of reading and the compulsion to keep going to the end has been the same in each one. My only observation in this one is minor editing issues which in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I have no hesitation in highly recommending each of Jill’s books, and though each is a stand-alone mystery, I would suggest starting at the beginning to get to know the characters.

  • Sharon Michael
    2018-10-17 06:44

    I do enjoy a police procedural/mystery with a competent, reliable main character who is not an alcoholic, wallowing in depression or tangled in a dysfunctional love affair.Characters are well developed, with just enough detail of family life outside their work to give them a well rounded personality.Two plot lines which eventually merge, quite believably and I particularly liked the art gallery/ artwork involvement.Very readable mystery with a touch of cozy/ classic English mystery feel to it.

  • Odette
    2018-10-19 05:02

    What a pleasant find as I enjoyed this mystery and the characters very much. There was complexity, but not at all confusisng, with a number of suspects and not just one crime. I liked the style of writing, without being too violent or macabre. I also liked the unfolding stories and development of the main characters. This book kept me engrossed, as I wanted to keep reading it, and the plot had me guessing right to the end. I am now interested in reading the two previous books about Fitzjohn, and of course any future book in this series.

  • Patricia Ibarra
    2018-10-22 09:36

    The entrepreneur, owner of a vineyard in Australia, was murdered under mysterious circumstances, but it is gradually unveiled how complicated his family life was. Retired Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn and was called to help solve this case, a welcome invitation to stop mourning the loss of his orchid-lover wife. Interesting, well told story, and very easy to follow. It reminded me of Agatha Christie's style. The virtue of the author is that each time she introduces a new character, you can't stop wondering if he/ she might be the murderer, making life harder for the investigator. .

  • Jan
    2018-09-27 08:58

    I am enjoying these Fitzjohn mysteries. This particular book had quite a few interrelated characters and it was just a touch challenging to keep them all straight. But again, I enjoy reading how Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn works methodically to bring about justice. He still reminds me of a Columbo type character, bumbling along...but he's more on top of it than everyone thinks. In this book he solves not one, but two murders. A good summer read.

  • Harry Lane
    2018-09-24 04:46

    Paterson writes a consistently good police procedural. Her characters lives interweave as the plot develops in a way that adds interest. In this installment, the case has a number of possible suspects, and Fitzjohn has a number of challenges to tease out the information needed to identify the guilty party.

  • Carl
    2018-09-26 08:40

    "Once Upon a Lie" is the third - and sadly weakest - entry in Jill Paterson's Inspector Fitzjohn mystery series. Although "Once Upon a Lie" is still a good read, it is not as good or strong as the first two were. Her first Fitzjohn mystery, "The Celtic Dagger," was a very well crafted, although the good Inspector had essentially a more minor role. Fitzjohn certainly was an interesting and appealing character, which I am sure has led to this series. Regardless, "Once Upon a Lie" was good, and as with Patterson's stories, it was not overly predictable.Michael Rossi, half owner of a marine engineering company, is pulled from the waters of Sydney Harbor a near a boat in his shipyard early one morning. Soon after the hunt for the killer begins, it becomes clear there is way more to this murder than what's on the surface. Unaware of her nephew’s fate, Esme Timmons (a fascinating older character) retires for the evening, unsuspecting of the events about to unfold; events that include the murder of her nephew and her confrontation of an intruder that very evening in her home. Murder raises his head and slowly reveals a grim lie, deeply buried in the past."Once Upon a Lie" is Australian, thus it has a British flavor to it. While it is not the best mystery I have ever read (and not even the best in the series so far), it did hold my interest. Chief Inspector Alastair Fitzjohn is a very realistic and likable character, a little reminiscent of Adam Dalgleish (for those who enjoy British mysteries). In fact, most the characters are nicely developed, with just enough detail of family life outside their work to give them a well rounded personality. I will read more of Patterson, and I invite you to give her a try!!

  • Judi Keenum
    2018-09-24 08:37

    Good ToryA lot of characters, some with similar names. Makes keeping track of everything sort of difficult. It got a bit dragged out at times and I felt like the author was trying to fill space with unnecessary information, only to make it harder to follow the thread.

  • Laura
    2018-10-02 11:47

    I got in to this really quickly and wanted to keep reading to find out the next development in the story. Would recommend and would read more by this author in the future.

  • Helene Slowik
    2018-10-18 08:58

    Still like the characters and the setting in Australia is a nice change of pace.

  • Donna Foston
    2018-10-22 07:46

    Quick, light read. Written mostly from the detective’s perspective, so a lot of “we interviewed this person, then we collected this evidence.”

  • JLin
    2018-10-21 12:02

    it's like the outline of a book, boring writing and nothing spectacular about the story.

  • Carlin
    2018-10-08 05:38

    As with the other three books in the Fitzjohn mystery series, I loved this book. This is #3 in the series and fills in some of the events in the lives of Sydney Australia's Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn and his favorite partner in investigations Inspector Betts. But it also can be read as a stand-alone novel. The other characters in this author's series always have prominent roles and you care about what happens to them. In this mystery the young woman, Charlotte, and her aunt Esme are those characters whose points of view play a major role while Fitzjohn is investigating the current, as well as a past, murder in their lives. Fitzjohn is recovering from his wife's death (which occurs before the start of book #1) and is past the deep depression he experiences in the first two mysteries. He is enjoying his late wife's passion of raising prize-winning orchids while he keeps his eyes on his niece Sophie who is attending college in Sydney. But solving the case is always the centerpiece of these novels. They are police procedurals with the bonus of being set in another country. I hope Jill Paterson is working on Book #5 in the series. I definitely look forward to learning more about the main characters' lives while Fitzjohn and Betts solve more mysteries.

  • Charles Ray
    2018-10-08 07:50

    DCI Alistair Fitzjohn is called back from leave to investigate the death of a local entrepreneur found in Sydney Harbor. Just before his death, the victim had checked his aunt’s house to see the room in which his sister died. He said he suspected foul play and something to do with fake art work. As Fitzjohn digs into the case, he finds too many suspects and plentiful motives. In addition, his investigation uncovers dark secrets that many want kept hidden.Once Upon a Lie by Jill Paterson is an interesting mystery, written with a skillful hand. The phlegmatic Fitzjohn is a likeable character, warts and all, and the supporting characters are not just cardboard props, but real people with whom readers can relate.For a chilling story about life Down Under don’t miss this book.

  • Vicky
    2018-10-02 09:46

    Purely by chance, this is the second of the Fitzjohn mysteries I have read recently. This is another enjoyable story, with lots of suspects, lots of traveling around Sydney, and some personal life for the main characters so they become more real. One death opens up the case to look at the older death of the victim's sister and the number of suspects seems to increase rather than decrease over time.

  • Vickie
    2018-10-14 09:51

    Once againJill Patterson once again delivers a great story. Never fear Fitzjohn and Betts are on the job. Called in to solve the murder of Mike Rossi all our two detective s seem to do is find more questions. Will they manage to sort things out before there is another murder? If you enjoy mysteries and weeding through the suspect s then you will like "once upon a lie" . Read on

  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    2018-10-09 07:58

    This book reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. A real whodunit where even I couldn't figure out the villain. Not only was one case solved but another old one was too. The characters were quaint and loving even the villains were amusing. I often compqared Fitzjohn to Sherlock Holmes especially with his sidekick Betts tossing back and forth all the details of this case and the people they interviewed. Worth reading.

  • Mary Schildman
    2018-10-16 08:33

    FascinatingLove this book, love this series, love this author. I'm also a beginning orchid grower so love this detectives obsession with is deceased wife's orchids. This was a great and well thought out murder mystery that kept getting bigger and bigger. Loved how it intertwined every thing. Hope there's a number 4.

  • Barbara A Martin
    2018-10-12 09:51

    I'm very fond of the Inspector Fitzjohn series. Aside from the fact I learn about different police techniques, Jill Paterson's style is very much in the Agatha Christie line. Lots of twists and turns and new evidence popping up where you least expect it. But, everything is cohesive and makes sense at the end.

  • Donna
    2018-10-18 09:53

    A classic British police procedural but set in Sydney, Australia with an Australian police detective. It's refreshing to have normal policemen rather than dysfunctional, alcoholic, or otherwise quirky detective whose personal life ends up overshadowing the solving of the crime.I'll look for more in this series with DCI Fitzjohn.

  • Sandy Blake
    2018-10-09 12:00

    Twists and turnsGood mystery. Several characters whose lives were intertwined but distinct. Liked the way the author had the main character review the case so the reader didn't get side-tracked trying to remember various details.

  • Tawney
    2018-10-11 06:44

    A good old-fashioned procedural with plenty of suspects who have plenty of motives to have done away with the victim. This leaves room for twists and turns, a sub-plot or two and some likeable characters, including Fitzjohn and Betts.

  • LeAnne
    2018-09-30 09:36

    Alistair Fitzjohn digs away.I loved this story. It's an excellent Lynn written story. Kept me reading till the end. I like the Inspector very much. I plan to go back to her first book and start from there.

  • sue laughton
    2018-10-18 04:41

    Twists & TurnsDCI Fitzjohn is a terrific character, and it was great fun following along through all the twists and turns this murder mystery takes. The excess of commas was a bit annoying, but may be due to the differences between Australian & U.S. English.

  • Cyndi Williams
    2018-09-24 06:34

    Another winner. I really enjoy Jill Paterson's books. This one had a great plot and plenty of suspects to choose from. Chief Inspector Fitzjohn was on top of his game and his handsome side-kick DS Betts played his role with perfection. Great read.

  • ksstannard
    2018-10-20 06:40

    If you loke a traditional mystery, read this.Jill Paterson has created a likable detective in Fitzjohn. Enjoy a return to red herrings, opulence, annoying neighbors or hard to love kin, and murder.

  • Melissa M
    2018-10-05 11:01

    Engaging from the first page right through to the last, I really enjoyed this, the latest in the Fitzjohn Mystery series. The plot is polished, the characters come to life and the mystery is not solved until the very end. I'm looking forward to Fitzjohn's next case!

  • Marie Buccellato
    2018-10-18 03:51

    Didn't Want To Like ItThis book was a pleasant surprise. At the start, I didn't expect to like it and, in fact, almost deleted it. I'm glad I kept it. Esmeralda and Fitzjohn should be a tag team. Very entertaining.