A Burning Lie by Claire Sheldon
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A Burning Lie

Published Date: March 17, 2022

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When a deadly explosion brings secrets and lies to light …

A city shaken to its foundations by a fire in a well-known music venue. A nightclub owner seemingly more concerned about money than the lives of the young people who fill the dance floor at the end of every week. A dangerous bomber still on the loose.

All things that Detective Jen Garner must face in her first week of local level policing whilst trying to start afresh and finally make a break with her past.

Working alongside DI Chris Jackson, it’s crucial that Jen connects the dots to bring the culprit to justice. But it seems that everywhere Jen turns there is somebody with something to hide – and whilst she and her team attempt to unravel a web of lies years in the making, could the bomber be getting ready to strike again?

Book 3 – Lisa Carter Files. Book 1 – Perfect Lie Book 2 – A Silent Child

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Claire Sheldon

Claire SheldonClaire lives in Nottingham with her family, a cat called Whiskers and a dog called Podrick.
She suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and as a result of the disease had to reduce her hours working in insurance for an Insolvency Insurer. This spare time enabled her to study a creative writing course which inspired her to write her debut, Perfect Lie.
When Claire isn’t working she enjoys reading crime novels and listening to music – the band Jimmy Eat World is her biggest muse. Claire is also an avid reader and book blogger. The inspiration for her novels comes from the hours spent watching The Bill with her grandparents and auntie; then later, Spooks and other detective programmes like Morse, A Touch of Frost and Midsummer Murders.

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Reviews (3)


  1. Ruth
    Ruth May 10, 2022 at 10:42 am .

    5* Nail biting

    Book three of the exciting thriller series featuring Detective Inspector Chris Jackson and Detective Jen Garner.

    While hosting a popular band, a packed nightclub is targeting by a bomber resulting in tragic consequences. The search for the bomber is headed by DI Chris Jackson assisted by Jen Garner at her first week in Nottingham’s police force. Chris is having health problems, there’s a hostile police sergeant watching Chris for any mistakes and Jen is new to the team. The bomber won’t stop with one attack, how many more premises will be targeting before he’s caught.

    A Burning Lie is a gripping thriller that’s part of a series featuring familiar characters, each book concentrates on a different criminal investigation.

    A real page turner and thoroughly recommended, don’t miss it.

  2. Barbara p
    Barbara p May 10, 2022 at 11:26 pm .

    This is a cleverly crafted story bringing together a suspected arson attack, the investigation into it, and the personal interactions of the people involved. The ill health of the hero Chris is a thread that runs throughout and how it affects his relationships adds to the story. Although it is a stand alone story there are references to the previous book and I think it would possibly help you understand some small details in this book if you had read the previous. That said, I found it a gripping crime novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. It had a touch of romance to lift it. The story line twisted and turned and the outcome was definitely not as I had expected. Enjoy.

  3. Anne
    Anne May 19, 2022 at 5:31 pm .

    Where do I start? Book three in the Lisa Carter series and they just keep getting better and better.

    I loved its plot, characterisation and how well it is written. We have met some of the characters in Claire’s previous books. However, it is not essential to have read the earlier novels, Claire provides snippets of information relating to Jen’s past life that help explain why she acts the way she does. A terrific novel – fast paced and well researched and I found it very hard to put down.

    I look forward to reading more from Claire. Loved it!

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