Lie Like A Rug
A Ginger Barnes Cozy Mystery #7
ESCORTING AN INCORRIGIBLE student downtown to be “scared straight” by a Federal judge, Ginger Barnes discovers her childhood babysitter, textile professor Charlie Finnemeyer, on trial for fraudulently aging an Oriental rug. After a second witness against the defendant dies a little too conveniently, the experienced amateur sleuth initiates a private investigation she hopes will prevent her elderly friend from spending his retirement years in prison. Alternate suspects include a TV craft show host; a college president; a trendy art dealer; and Charlie’s suspiciously overprotective wife, whose skill at being in the wrong place at the wrong time isn’t helping her husband’s case one bit. As eager as Gin is to persuade the court that her beloved “Uncle Wunk” is innocent, she must first convince herself. Cameos by Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross.
“Murray always weaves an intriguing tale while also expanding our knowledge—in this case—of the art of textiles and antique freaud. I enjoyed LIE LIKE A RUG immensely.” Robin Hathaway, Agatha-winning author
“Murray’s characters…even the cameos…are all intensely real and completely realized.” 5* Ellie Miller, Independent reviewer
"I think this is the best yet in this series. You get just enough information about the textile business to make it interesting without being boring. Gin is a believable person, with normal actions and predicaments…very likable, and engaging. Try it." 5* Maggie Mason
"It is quite funny and I laughed out loud." 5* Edna Gadour
"Really enjoyed this book and plan to read the preceding books. Solid 5+ stars. Don't know how I missed this series." Lee Cannon