IAN Book of the Year Awards 2017
Finalist in Two Categories: Mystery and Suspense
Gold Book Award 2017 Literary Titan
Honorable Mention ~ Fiction Category New England Book Festival
Loretta Marion’s debut novel is a twisty tale of mystery and suspense…with whispers of romance.
FIVE STARS from Literary Titans Reviews!
“Murder and mystery with shimmers of romance are all the delectable things that Loretta H. Marion has to offer with her tantalizing tale The Fool’s Truth…At times breath-taking and other times heart-pounding a true mystery lover will not want to let The Fool’s Truth pass them by.”
To read the entire review check out the December 2nd post: https://literarytitan.com/
To read author interview go to the December 16th post entitled A Buried Desire: https://literarytitan.com/2016/12/page/3/
“The Fool’s Truth” is an interesting page-turner—a mystery with just the right splash of romance that keeps the action and thrills going until the very end. Taking the reader on a detour to the backwoods of Maine, a million shadowy secrets come to light.
Cordelia Richmond is a woman on the run. Deciding to escape from her abusive husband, she has taken her toddler daughter away with her in order to keep them both alive with the help of her old friend, Ramon Alvarez.
Cord’s escape, however, is brought to a sudden stop when she breaks down in Murphy, Maine. There, she has car trouble and has to spend time in limbo while waiting for help to arrive. This detour quickly turns into a nightmare when she and her daughter find themselves stranded on an isolated farm, along with a peculiar woman who starts to take an odd interest in her daughter. Even more complications crop up when the local sheriff in town, as well as a nosy reporter, get in to Cord’s business. Both of these people have their own agendas for hanging out in Murphy and neither of those is good. Soon, Cordelia begins to regret the lies she told to the one person who might just be looking for her…if only he could find out which direction she went.
This is definitely one of those fast-paced, intricate reads that no reviewer wants to give away too much information about for fear of ruining the plot. Let us just say that the number of mysterious paths these characters walk will keep any suspense lover intrigued. Never a dull moment, it almost feels as if the reader is right by Cord’s side as she escapes from one devil just to find herself lost among many.
“Deftly paced and richly imagined, The Fool’s Truth combines elements of traditional mystery and romantic suspense. With its evocative setting deep in the Maine woods and its intriguing cast of well-developed characters, Loretta Marion’s tale of old love, present danger, and small town secrets will capture the reader. Fans of Barbara Michaels and Kate Morton—take note!”
Rosie Genova, National Bestselling Author of The Italian Kitchen Mysteries (NAL/Penguin)
“I could not put down The Fool’s Truth – it was lively and engaging, with truly memorable characters and plenty of plot twists. I hope to read more from Loretta Marion!”
Nina Sankovitch, Author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
“The Fool’s Truth by Loretta Marion of Bristol is a mystery/thriller with a touch of romance. When Cordelia flees her abusive husband, taking her toddler daughter with her, she is aided by old friend (maybe more?) Ramon Alvarez. But her trip north is interrupted in Murphy, Maine, where she has car trouble. This is one of those books where you don’t want to give too much away. All of the characters have a touch of mystery or hidden pasts, except the sleazy English tabloid journalist, now the editor of the Murphy newspaper, who is just what he seems.
Each chapter is introduced with an apropos quote from the teachings of Buddha, Sherlock Holmes stories, Shakespeare or authors commenting on journalism. The plot clips right along and you’re not quite sure what will happen next. It’s a very enjoyable read.”
Lynda Rego, East Bay Life, East Bay Newspapers, November 2016