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Mar 15, Paula rated it liked it Shelves: This is one of those books where I'm almost certain I'd read it before, since it's the first in a series, but then I didn't remember what happens as I was reading it this time so maybe I'm getting it confused with something else Anyway, the main character in Echoes of Lies is Brodie Farrell, formerly married to a lawyer but now divorced and trying to make a living by finding things and people.

What she doesn't realise, when asked to find a particular man who's being blamed for committing fraud This is one of those books where I'm almost certain I'd read it before, since it's the first in a series, but then I didn't remember what happens as I was reading it this time so maybe I'm getting it confused with something else What she doesn't realise, when asked to find a particular man who's being blamed for committing fraud, is that her talents have been turned to bad use - this only comes to light when the man she identified, a high school maths teacher called Daniel Hood, is tortured and left for dead.

Brodie is appalled by how she's been used and resolves to first of all make recompense to Daniel and then to find the people who did this to him. The two of them end up in a somewhat uneasy friendship, with Brodie and Daniel getting deeper and deeper into the mystery of a millionaire's missing grandchild. I liked Brodie as a character very much, although Daniel annoyed me greatly because most of the time in Echoes of Lies , he's written as just too gosh-darned perfect, and that's not an attractive quality in a character with whom you're supposed to be empathising.

The series continues in True Witness and I expect I'll carry on, unless the annoyance factor grows too large in the future. Jul 18, Karen rated it really liked it. Our library is cleaning and this book was on the "free" cart along with 5 others I pulled off there quickly. I had not heard of this author but the story was fresh and the fact that it is a British mystery was a draw for me.

I loved the dialogue, the emotional pull the mystery and situation with the main character. The story does not go the way you would typically think when Daniel takes matters into his own hands to discover who wanted to torture him almost to the point of death. His decisions a Our library is cleaning and this book was on the "free" cart along with 5 others I pulled off there quickly.

His decisions and the people he involves tangle and I found myself struggling to figure out which character was right in their thnking in the end. Good story and will read more of hers. Jun 15, Lyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm happy to have found this series. Brodie Farrell has an unusual job that I've never seen in a mystery series.


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She finds things for a fee. In this mystery she finds a man for a women who claimed he'd conned her. Later she reads in the news that the man, Daniel Hood, was murdered. Enter Police Inspector Jack Deacon who is at first suspicious when Brodie turns up at the police station with the information that she found Hood, possibly for the murderer. I hope to go back and read other series by Jo I'm happy to have found this series.

I hope to go back and read other series by Jo Bannister. After reading only the first two books in the Brodie Farrell series I've grown attached to Bannister's characters.

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Aug 22, Cris rated it liked it Shelves: Brodie Farrell mysteries 1 An intricate puzzle with complex characters makes this an absorbing mystery. A Brodie Farrell mysteries 1 An intricate puzzle with complex characters makes this an absorbing mystery. As deftly as Bannister created her characters I believe she wanted that response.

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Jul 03, Richard rated it really liked it. This is the first book in a proposed series featuring Brodie Farrell.

If the books to follow are as interesting and attention-grabbing as this one, Jo Bannister will have an excellent series to be read. As this book was published in , I have to assume that other have been written in the series, and will definitely see if I can find them. Jun 14, Debbie rated it it was ok Shelves: I had high hopes for this series when I started this first book.

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I like mysteries where the main character figures things out with brain power instead of brawn. This book did that, but the story was slow moving and one of the main characters Daniel was fairly unbelievable to me. My library has quite a few of Jo Bannister's book, so I may give another one a try someday. Feb 18, Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it Shelves: Very well crafted, with the crime element full of twists and tuns. The main characters are compelling and believable. I must say, however, I'm tired of protagonist children being tossed in without a reason.

Paddy seemed a feature to maintain her domesticity.

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Maybe, since this is a series, the child has more value than that. Aug 17, Gary Van Cott rated it liked it. I am not sure what to think about this book. I don't know if the author was trying to make a personal philosophic point or just writing the way the story took her.

Miraculously, he survives physically, and confronts his torturers. Miraculously, he unravels the mysteris surrounding kidnapping and death. And at the end, the truth is too destructive to be told. The last sentence of the book is Daniel's lie to the police inspector: More than just a challenging read or a thriller, it contains a penetrating depth of thought which makes it intellectually satisfying as well. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was hoping to find a new British mystery author. Moments of the writing in this book were fine, but generally the writing was weak.

Too much explanation where it isn't needed and repetition of information. Deacon and Hood must have the same conversation almost every time they meet in the book. The plot was thin at best. I love this series. It's part mystery, part believable story about characters you have come to know and care about from previous books. Jo Bannister was a little known at least to me gem of a writer. Characters are interesting and the quality of the writing is excellent. The story is unusual and thought provoking revolving around integrity at many levels. Fascinating and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

At least it was for me. From very nearly the beginning, Bannister challenged every concept I had on the notions of justice, law, retribution and forgiveness. Jo Bannister really pushed the envelop with this novel. The plot has already been reviewed rather well, and to discuss it any more would give away plot developments that could spoil things for those who haven't yet read this 'must read' novel.

So, I'll stick to what I liked about "Echoes of Lies. This leads private detective Brodie Farrell and Daniel to another crime and another innocent whose life is at stake. And the identity of the mastermind behind that crime was quite easy to guess as well. No, it's not the crimes or how Daniel and Brodie arrive at the solutions of these crimes that makes this book such compelling reading, but rather the manner in which Bannister makes the reader examine concepts such as punishment of the crime, justice, retribution and revenge.

Daniel, the victim of torture, is a character that many will seldom come across, whether in fiction or in real life. The question that nagged at me while I read this book -- is Daniel doing the right thing? This is a book that makes you think and question the accepted social mores about justice and retribution. And is what ultimately makes "Echoes of Lies" such compelling reading.

Bannister did an excellent job in the pacing and execution of the novel -- each new development in the mystery led to an even deeper one.

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And I liked the manner in which Bannister made each new incident development in the mystery result in the 'fleshing out' of characters as well as insights into their motives. I finished the book in one go -- I simply couldn't put it down. It's not quite the traditional mystery novel, but is a great read nonetheless. Brodie takes on clients seeking to find things or people. Particularly poignant here is the sensitivity with which she treats Daniel's psychological state as he tries to recover. Brodie is intelligent but sometimes impetuous, caring but sometimes overzealous.

But then again, she's new at this work. Committed Bannister fans and those fond of psychological mysteries will welcome Brodie's debut. View Full Version of PW.