The Big Lie delivers a well-crafted mystery featuring the latest adventure for Shane Cleary as he navigates the criminal underbelly of Boston.

5-STAR REVIEW: THE BIG LIE by Gabriel Valjan

About The Book

A Shane Cleary Mystery: Book 5
Publication Date: March 12, 2024

A Shane Cleary Mystery

LOST: Poodle. Standard. Black. Studded collar. No tags. Goes by the name of Boo.

Sun Tzu may have said, ‘Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer,’ but he didn’t live in Boston, and he’s not Shane Cleary. Shane’s latest and most unexpected client, while not quite an enemy, is Southie’s most dangerous criminal. Everything screams he shouldn’t take the gig, finding the gangster’s lost dog, but Shane can’t resist the promised ‘bonus.’

His cat, Delilah, is against it, and his girlfriend, Bonnie, the lawyer, doesn’t know.

Life is neither easy nor simple for Shane. Bonnie asks for his help on a pro bono case, his friend Bill requests a sketchy background check, and a mafia henchman makes a peculiar request. Shane can’t help but think his client just might kill him anyway after he finishes the job.

Does Jimmy know a Truth that will change Shane’s life, or is it a Big Lie?



The Review

Some writers have a gift for taking any topic and captivating readers not only with the content but also with the style.

Gabriel Valjan is a perfect example. As a skilled mystery writer, he hits all the basic expectations with relatable characters, an interesting mystery to solve, plus plenty of adventures along the way. However, Valjean delivers an exceptional reading experience because of how he presents the story.

The Big Lie, the latest installment in the Shane Cleary Mystery series, is more than just another look into an investigator’s case files. It’s an immersive experience packed with cultural and literary references along with a dry sense of humor.

This time around, the erstwhile detective finds himself searching for a missing dog owned by a dangerous gangster, running a background check on a friend’s beau, and helping his lawyer girlfriend with a pro bono case.

The author sets the stage for the next installment as Shane discovers an unsettling lie from the past. How he handles that information and those responsible will likely play out in a future book. Note that these books can be read as standalones.

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About The AuthorGabriel Valjan is the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, Silver Falchion and Shamus nominated author of the Shane Cleary mystery series with Level Best Books. He received the 2021 Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Gabriel is a member of ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. He is a regular contributor to the Criminal Minds blog. He lives in Boston’s South End and answers to a tuxedo cat named Munchkin.


Blog Tour Schedule

03/12 Review @ Country Mamas With Kids
03/13 Guest post @ Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense
03/14 Showcase @ Books, Ramblings, and Tea
03/16 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
03/21 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews
03/22 Guest post @ The Book Divas Reads
03/22 Podcast reading of the excerpt @ Books to the Ceiling
03/23 Showcase @ Silvers Reviews
03/25 Review @ dianas_books_cars_coffee
03/27 Interview @ darciahelle
03/29 Review @ Novels Alive
03/31 Showcase @ The Mystery Section
04/01 Review @ elaine_sapp65
04/02 Review @ fuonlyknew
04/03 Review @ 5 Minutes for Books
04/04 Guest post @ The Mystery of Writing
04/05 Showcase @ Teatime and Books


Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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