Welcome to my Murder for Liar Book Review.
Murder for Liar by Verlin Darrow is a twisty type of murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you have it figured out, something new happens. Private investigator-turned-psychotherapist Tom Dashiel is the main character in this book. Everything seems fine regarding him being a psychotherapist until it doesn’t. He ends up with a client named Arundel, who claims to have multiple personalities.
Tom did wonder if this was possible as “George” Arundel seemed to have changed from an easy-going man to a mad, angry man within minutes while in his office the second time. This is when everything gets confusing, and Tom doesn’t know which end is up.
During the book, you will find yourself excited at times, while at other times, you will feel a bit uptight about what is happening with Tom and his newfound friends/clients. Sometimes, Tom isn’t sure if he is dreaming, having a psychotic break, or experiencing a real-life situation. The situations seem to blend in his mind, and he isn’t sure who to trust. It is a real page-turner and a book you will not forget about.
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Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (May 15, 2023)
Tour Dates June 26-July 27, 2023
Available in Print and ebook, 298 pages
Description Murder for Liar by Verlin Darrow
Award-winning novelist Verlin Darrow delivers a standout thrill ride in his newest mystery, Murder for Liar, an engaging, enlightening, and entertaining novel of psychological suspense.
About Murder for Liar: Private investigator-turned-psychotherapist Tom Dashiel doesn’t know it yet, but he’s hurtling towards discovering where his threshold lies—the point of no return for his sanity. So begins a surreal spiral when George Arundel enters Tom’s Santa Cruz office on a Tuesday afternoon in April.
To say George Arundel is a puzzle is an understatement: the local psychiatrist who referred Arundel to Tom described him astutely as “a substantial challenge.” Working to treat the enigmatic Arundel, Tom soon realizes he has been tasked to treat a client unlike any he’s ever encountered.
But how is George Arundel related to the uncanny coincidences Tom begins to encounter? Are these mere coincidences…or something else? Could a young woman named Zig-Zag be an angel? How could a dog—a rather cute one at that—reveal one of the most important clues? What’s the deal with that alluring, albeit mercurial, woman named Dizzy? And what’s Arundel’s connection to the escalating spate of unsolved murders plaguing the typically calm but always colorful Santa Cruz community?
Swept up in a perilous world where nothing is as it seems, Tom struggles to make sense of the decidedly dangerous, downright deadly scheme in which he has somehow unwittingly become a key player. Tom is about to discover that in this treacherous reality, the truth is far, far stranger than fiction…but the real danger is not knowing which.
Verlin Darrow has crafted an exhilarating, briskly paced page-turner with a to-die-for plot in his latest novel. An extraordinary read that is alternately dark and lighthearted, tragic and comic, wildly entertaining and highly enlightening, Murder for Liar is one of those books destined to stay with readers after the final page is turned. Meticulously plotted, populated with a charismatic cast of unforgettable characters, and bustling with twists and turns, Murder for Liar is a true standout.
Praise for Verlin Darrow
“The story has great pace, fun characters who you care about, plenty of twists, and narrative ‘personality’, especially with all of the psychology and spiritual references: many good zingers, taut scenes, and punchy, believable dialogue.
The mixture of a hard-boiled storyline with a soft-boiled private investigator works well, and the psychology–spiritualism element grabbed and held my interest.”-C.I. Dennis, author of the Vince Tanzi series. For Blood and Wisdom
“Verlin Darrow has a sense of plot and style that carries the reader into that special place of anxious expectation, where putting the book down is unthinkable.
Verlin gets us into the minds of people you wouldn’t want to invite for dinner. Fascinating.”-Richard House MD, Between Now and When author. For Blood and Wisdom
“A kooky spiritual version of the Da Vinci Code. A good laugh with bad and good guys searching for Buddha’s reincarnation. There is a whopper of a surprise ending!”- Lee Kaiser, author of Towers of the Hungry Ghosts. For Coattail Karma
Award-winning novelist Verlin Darrow is a psychotherapist who lives with his psychotherapist wife in the woods near Monterey Bay in northern California. They diagnose each other as necessary.
Verlin is a former professional volleyball player (in Italy), unsuccessful country-western singer/songwriter, import store owner, and assistant guru in a small, benign spiritual organization.