Friday, March 27, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Liars Inc by Paula Stokes

For fans of Gone GirlI Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.


Paula: Welcome to Day 10 of the #CatchAKiller Blog Tour, where Special Agent McGhee tries to make sense of everything he’s learned so far. Nothing in the content is directly spoilery for the book, but the info presented here might get you thinking about who's lying and who's telling the truth. Can you follow the clues and sniff out a killer? Make your guess and then read LIARS, INC. to see if you’re right!

CASE CA4153-228
LEAD INVESTIGATOR: McGhee, James, Special Agent
SECONDARY INVESTIGATOR: Gonzalez, Alex, Special Agent


12/3: Preston DeWitt goes to political luncheon.
Afterward goes camping with Max Cantrell.

12/4: Preston leaves beach “around nineish” according to Max.
No one else present at beach can verify Preston was ever there.

12/5: Claudia DeWitt realizes her son hasn’t returned home, authorities notified.


The senator was very calm and cooperative during questioning, but seemed a little out-of-touch with his son, unable to give dates for some of the major pieces of medical history. Didn’t seem very close to Preston. Didn’t seem excessively worried about his son’s welfare. Then again, perhaps compartmentalizing is how he copes with stress and/or he might be putting on an act for his wife who is clearly distraught.

Jonas Jacobsen seemed at ease—even bored—during questioning. He probably isn’t the most credible
of witnesses, but he did admit to illegal drug and alcohol use, so I’m inclined to believe him when he said he didn’t see Preston at the beach. I’m less inclined to believe he customized a surfboard for a kid he doesn’t like and didn’t demand payment upfront. Further investigation into Jonas and Preston’s finances and interactions is needed.

Max Cantrell seemed nervous throughout the interview, lack of eye contact, fidgeting. At the same time, he also didn’t seem overly concerned about what might have happened to Preston. Max knows more than he’s letting on, I’m just not sure if he’s culpable of anything yet.

Parvati Amos seemed also too at ease during questioning. She paused just the right amount of time before answering, fumbled over her words just enough for her answers to feel honest. Behaved exactly the way an innocent girl called questioned about the disappearance of a friend would act. So then why do I feel like she’s hiding something?


Phone tap on DeWitt’s cell and landline in case of ransom call—DONE
Obtain official statements from persons of interest—DONE
Obtain official statements from school officials—DONE
Review Preston’s cell phone record—DONE
Process evidence collected from Preston’s bedroom, parking area, and beach—IN PROGRESS
Obtain detailed background history on Jonas Jacobsen, Parvati Amos, and Max Cantrell—IN PROGRESS
Obtain official statement from Claudia DeWitt
Obtain official statement from Esmeralda Hernandez, DeWitt family maid
Find and detain Max Cantrell

Paula: So as you can see, Agents McGhee and Gonzalez have their hands full with these sketchy suspects, and there are more shadowy characters in the book who might or might not be involved in the crime. Thanks so much for checking out the LIARS, INC. #CatchAKiller Blog Tour. I hope you enjoyed getting a closer look at some of the book’s characters. Best of luck on your investigative journey as you try to figure out who killed Preston!

If you enjoy LIARS, INC, stop by the website I made and check out the book’s playlist, discussion guide, fun facts, and a whole lot more. And keep an eye out for VICARIOUS, my March 2016 release—an even darker, more mysterious story. And if any of my books make you feel things—good, bad, or otherwise—please consider writing a short review for the book-buying website of your choice. Reviews really do make all the difference. And on that note, Week 3 of the tour is the lovely review portion. Have a great weekend and see you next week!

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.


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