DCI Alistair Fitzjohn is called back from leave to investigate the death of a local entrepreneur found in Sydney Harbor. Just before his death, the victim had checked his aunt’s house to see the room in which his sister died. He said he suspected foul play and something to do with fake art work. As Fitzjohn digs into the case, he finds too many suspects and plentiful motives. In addition, his investigation uncovers dark secrets that many want kept hidden.
Once Upon a Lie by Jill Paterson is an interesting mystery, written with a skillful hand. The phlegmatic Fitzjohn is a likeable character, warts and all, and the supporting characters are not just cardboard props, but real people with whom readers can relate.
For a chilling story about life Down Under don’t miss this book. I give it four stars.