Lies are Forever

by C. Jean Downer

Sloane West is an ex-New York City cop turned private investigator needing a distraction. She’s grieving her secretive mother’s death, and her ex-best friend and ex-lover have just sent her an invitation to their upcoming nuptials.

When a stranger arrives seeking her help, she receives a deadly diversion to the quiet Canadian village of Denwick. There, Sloane learns she’s not the only target in a murderous plan—so is her long-lost cousin, the High Priestess of her family’s coven.

To find the killer, Sloane must solve a murder while accepting a crash course in witchcraft. The choice is hers. Will she embrace her power as a protector—or flee from the birthright she’s only beginning to understand?

A Sloane West Mystery Book 1.

Genre Mystery, Supernatural
Length 300 pages
Publication Date December 14, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474893A
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso


GCLS Goldie Awards
Lies are Forever — Finalist, Debut Novel and Paranormal/Occult/Horror.


"I grew up reading murder mysteries and fantasy books and am still an avid reader of both genres. A few years ago, I imagined a mash-up after I had finished a book in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series and Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches, book one in the All Souls Trilogy. The main character I envisioned was like Harry Dresden, the protagonist in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files if Harry was a witch instead of a wizard, and Grafton’s detective, Kinsey Malone, if Kinsey wasn’t straight but rather a kick-ass lesbian. I ran my detective-fantasy series idea past my family and friends; they loved it, and Sloane West was born. Her name is an homage to Agatha Christie (Raymond West). The setting, Denwick, is an imaginary village on beautiful Vancouver Island, a place my wife, Theresa, and I hold dear."

—C. Jean Downer


Women Using Words
Lies Are Forever is very well done. Downer provides readers with an engaging, cohesive storyline that’s overflowing with rich, fluid language. The characters are well drawn and work together to weave a compelling and surprising plot. This is fresh, unique storytelling, and it deserves top marks. If you like well-written, suspenseful supernatural fiction, then you won’t want to miss this one.

Shimere A. - …The author skillfully constructs a secretive realm where even the magical beings are in the dark about each other's identities, adding layers of intrigue to an already compelling narrative.

Tiffany R. - If you love mystery, fast pace, interesting characters, and some magical elements, or if you want something new this book is for you!

Henrietta B. - Great urban fantasy debut.

Bonnie K. - A great read and an amazing plot.

Net Galley
Natalie A. - I absolutely loved this book! I can’t wait for the next one! The characters were so much fun, and I loved how they interacted with each other. The paranormal aspect just added the right amount to the story! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes this genre.

Kay M. - Downer did such an amazing job of fleshing out and creating this world. The world building and magic system was so good and well thought out. The characters they populated the story with were extremely entertaining, both good and the bad. …Cannot wait to see more from this author and highly recommend this for someone who loves mysteries or magic worlds, or both.

Della B. - Lies are Forever is an enjoyably well written novel with plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Downer does well in creating a magical world…that we see revealed through Sloane’s eyes. Mixing the magical with a whodunnit is ingenious resulting in an intriguing story.

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