Tell Me Lies

Version: Abridged
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Narrator: Joyce Bean
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Maddie Faraday's life would be perfect-
if it weren't for
her cheating husband,
her suspicious daughter,
her gossipy mother,
her secretive best friend,
her nosy neighbors,
and that guy she lost her virginity to
twenty years ago...
In TELL ME LIES, Jennifer Crusie dishes up a funny, sexy, suspenseful novel about small-town secrets, big-time betrayals and the redemptive power of love, laughter and chocolate brownies.
"A humorous mixture of romance, mystery, and mayhem. A winner!" - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of Breathing Room
"Lovers of Susan Isaacs' mysteries, take heart
There's a new author on the block!" - Woman's Own
"A jaunty tale of love and murder...the plot springs some genuine surprises...there's enough intrigue and scandal here to make a small city stay home." - Publishers Weekly
"Smart, sexy and howlingly funny. Having a bad day? Tell Me Lies is just the tonic to make you laugh again." - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Apprentice

Reviews (8)

Written by Luz Snell on March 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I book had a bit of everything funny and mystery I could not stop listening. Good book

Tell Me Lies

Written by Sam from Mineral, VA on July 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this story. It was entertaining. I found myself waiting to hear more before getting out of my car. Sam

Just OK

Written by Kathleen Carson on September 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I've read Crazy for You and Bet Me, and looked forward to my first Jennifer Cruise audiobook. Those were great fun. However, I was a bit disappointed. The main character comes across as not too swift at times, and a little slow to get the point. (Hmm, I'm repeating myself there.) She seems to make too much of every little thing, while the obvious eludes her, even while the boyfriend is pointing it out. And no matter how shocked I was, I don't think I'd leave the contents of a safe deposit box just sitting there - clearly, she needed to stop the plans in place. Perhaps this is just not the sort of woman I'd be friends with. It was read well enough, but the whole story could have been better.

Tell Me Lies

Written by Anonymous from New York, NY on June 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Just adorable!!! A witty and enjoyable tale that takes you along on a fantastically funny road to a whole new and much better place. You cannot help but enjoy the listen.

Fun book

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Was a great fun read. And takes surprising turns that kept me interested. Not earthshattering, just a light fast moving book. Reader was great.

Fun Reading

Written by Tayalaw from Fair haven, NJ on April 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was fun reading and held my attention. The reader was great, with many voices. It was funny in many parts and just a light read!

Tell Me Lies

Written by Kim Todd from Woodbury, MN on September 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book! It had all the elements - romance, mystery, murder, and a happy ending! This was my first Crusie book and it won't be my last.

Mystery plus Romance

Written by Renee on April 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love to listen to Jennifer Crusie books because they always make me laugh. This one is no exception. I also loved that within this funny romance was a serious mystery. Her husband is successful but his greed for money turned him into a liar and a thief. Her mother is the town gossip. The man she truly loved from years ago is back in town to help her and her daughter through the turmoil that has developed in the small town. I'd also like to reccomend 'Fast Women' by Jennifer Crusie, except that I don't see it offered here. Once you start listening or reading stories by Crusie you can't get enough.

Author Details

Author Details

Crusie, Jennifer

Jenny Crusie was born in Wapakoneta, a small Ohio town on the banks of the Auglaize River. She graduated from Wapakoneta High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Art Education. She married in 1971 and lived briefly in Wichita Falls, Texas, until her air force husband was transferred to Dayton, Ohio.

Mollie as a babyJenny taught pre-school until her daughter, Mollie, was born. When she returned to work, she taught in the Beavercreek public school system for ten years as an elementary and junior high art teacher while earning a master's degree from Wright State University in Professional Writing and Women's Literature; her master's thesis was titled “A Spirit More Capable of Looking Up To Him: Women's Roles in Mystery Fiction 1841-1920.”

She took a leave of absence from Beavercreek in 1986 to complete her Ph.D. coursework at Ohio State University in feminist criticism and nineteenth century British and American literature. She returned to teach high school English (American and British literature surveys, mythology, the Bible in literature, and college composition) for another five years, and during this time she also directed theater tech crews (sets and costumes) for the Beavercreek Drama Department.

In the summer of 1991, she began to research her dissertation on the impact of gender on narrative strategies, searching out the differences in the way men and women tell stories. As part of the research, she planned to read one hundred romance novels and one hundred men's adventure novels. The romance novels turned out to be so feminist and so absorbing, that she never got to the men's adventure fiction and decided to try writing fiction instead, quitting her job the following spring to devote herself full time to writing and to finishing the Ph.D., one of her riskier moves since she didn't sell her first book until August of '92.

The sale was to Silhouette, a novella titled Sizzle, that Jenny now refers to as “really lousy.” Silhouette delayed its publication so that it became the second book published under the Crusie pseudonym, Jenny's maternal grandmother's family name. Although Silhouette rejected Jenny's next novel, Harlequin accepted it and published it in 1993 as Manhunting in their Temptation line. Five more Harlequins followed, including Getting Rid of Bradley which won the RWA Rita Award for Best Short Contemporary, Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants, Charlie All Night, and Anyone But You. She also wrote two category novels for Bantam's Loveswept line, The Cinderella Deal and Trust Me On This. During this time she put the PhD on hold to earn an MFA in fiction from OSU; her thesis was titled, Just Wanted You To Know, and consisted of several short stories and the proposal for a mainstream novel titled Crazy For You. During this time she also wrote a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice, published under the name Jennifer Smith.

Jenny todayIn the fall of 1995, Jenny began to write single title novels for St. Martin's Press where she very happily remains to this day. She is especially delighted to be working with her editor, Jennifer Enderlin, her agent Meg Ruley, and her daughter/business partner, Mollie Smith.

Today, in many ways, Jenny has come full circle. She collaborates with Bob Mayer on romantic adventure novels, putting into practice everything she studied about the differences in the way men and women write fiction in that long ago PhD dissertation, and she is once again living on the banks of an Ohio river. Her solo novels continue to explore women's journeys, especially issues dealing with relationships, friendships, community, and creativity, and her collaborations with Bob and others give her the opportunity to explore those same things in real life. She is a very fortunate woman, and she knows it.