Review of Pig Little Lies by Erin Johnson

An elixir party gone sour. An expired entrepreneur. Can a cursed shifter discover what’s in love potion number crime?

After confessing her dark secret, Jolene is left devastated when her cop-crush, Peter, ghosts her. But when a popular potion maker drinks her last draught, Jolene and Peter are forced to team up to find the butcher behind the brew.

As the list of suspects pours in, Jolene’s only hope is to get the victim’s pet swine to squeal. But when Jolene piggybacks onto a promising lead, she learns some shocking truths about the cursed tonic that took away her own magic.

Can Jolene put a cork in the killer before she’s drained of her last drop?

Available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Just when I was frustrated with work and annoyed with another book that seemed never to end, Erin emails with her latest release. What a mood saver! And let me tell you, this may be my favourite of the series yet.

One of the things I’ve been enjoying in this series… and I think the author herself is really learning how to use it to best advantage… is Daisy’s lie detecting skills. If Daisy says a person is telling the truth when they say they didn’t kill someone then we’re inclined to believe. But… tricky tricky… how exactly are the answers phrased? What was the person’s intent in their answer? What other background info is missing from their answer? There are loopholes to Daisy’s skills and it’s fun to see how the ploy of misguidance is used here. Not outright lies, just clues that only in hindsight the reader can pick up on. I love it!

In this book we want to find out who killed Pearl, the force behind a pyramid scheme empire. One thing becomes immediately clear, Pearl was up to no good and there are many who have been used, betrayed and offended by this witch. From a philandering husband, to lawsuit filing former employees and even a not so cozy relationship with her sister, there are quite a few suspects. Any of them would have worked for me but I do love how it all played out. The revelation of the clues, the use of red herrings and interaction with the suspects are all set to a good, interest-keeping pace.

In terms of character development… drama! Jolene revealed all her secrets to Peter in the last installment and he didn’t take it well at all. He’s giving her the cold shoulder and insisting he doesn’t know if he could ever trust her. I was shaking my head in disappointment at Peter. I also wish Jolene would have given him a far more hostile tongue lashing when they finally have it out. As much as I wish she’d find more regular access to a shower, she’s making do with the horrid cards that have been dealt her. In a story where Jolene gets along better with Daisy than Peter, you gotta realize how awful he’s being. I have no sympathy for him… that’s all saved for Jolene.

On top of all that, she’s got to deal with the mob boss who’s behind her curse and pretty much blackmailing her into participating in his experiments… you’d have to read to find out more on that. It’s all juicy, intriguing, witchy fun.

At the end of it all though. Her best friends have her back and accept her as she is. Maybe they just will succeed in bringing justice to their part of the world.

I give Pig Little Lies 4.5/5 happy dancing espresso shots.

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