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Reviewed by Elizabeth Butts for Readers' Favorite
Legacy of Lies by Doris Lemcke is a sweeping story that has it all: love, lust, obsession, crime, mob connections and more. Spanning decades, this book follows Iris "Ike" Edwards in her quest to uncover her grandfather Poppy's life story and family secrets, despite many warnings to cease and desist. Iris gets the help of a childhood friend now turned gorgeous doctor, Joe, as they uncover the unknown backstory of her family, one frustrating clue at a time.
If I were to try to put this book into a 'category,' I don't think I would be able to do so. This book has elements that will speak to every possible reader. There is murder, there is mystery, there is crime and yes, there is romance. It is a phenomenal blend of all potential genres of storytelling that one might be concerned wouldn't quite mesh. However, it blends together seamlessly, all with Native American traditions woven in like golden threads in a tapestry.
Doris Lemcke has done a wonderful job in bringing her characters to life on her pages. She has mastered the art of describing them so that you can picture what is going on, without too much excess detail. You will feel excited alongside Iris as she uncovers a new clue; you will feel her despair when her theories don't quite pan out. Legacy of Lies is a strong book that builds at a perfect speed before ending in a victorious crescendo. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of literature.