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Crash the wedding and meet photographer Polly Perkins who zooms in on a murder victim. As she studies an endless line of potential suspects from safely behind her camera, Polly finds love staring back at her. Will her uncanny ability to read emotions through a camera lens help prevent another murder—while exploring her own potential for romance?


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Crash the wedding and meet photographer Polly Perkins who zooms in on a murder victim. As she studies an endless line of potential suspects from safely behind her camera, Polly finds love staring back at her. Will her uncanny ability to read emotions through a camera lens help prevent another murder—while exploring her own potential for romance?

30 review for The Camera Never Lies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (J.C.T)

    It was ok. I personally didn't really connect to the mc very much and their was lots of things that you didn't actaully get an full explanation off from before the book start. For instance what happened that night with Alec and he friend she doesn't even have a name. I also wanted to know more about what happend between spencer and Polly before hand she mentioned that he broke her heart but then in another it was like she had ended it and broke his made me confused a lkttle with what was going o It was ok. I personally didn't really connect to the mc very much and their was lots of things that you didn't actaully get an full explanation off from before the book start. For instance what happened that night with Alec and he friend she doesn't even have a name. I also wanted to know more about what happend between spencer and Polly before hand she mentioned that he broke her heart but then in another it was like she had ended it and broke his made me confused a lkttle with what was going on persoanlly with her. However the mystery its self had me intrested enough to read to the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I will say that I enjoyed this book. On the positive side, I love mysteries and I didn't figure out who the murderer was by the end. I also loved the romance between Polly and Spencer. On the negative side, I don’t usually like books written in first person. This was defiantly true for this book. Even though I understand this book was meant to be humorous, Polly was over the top for me. I will say that I enjoyed this book. On the positive side, I love mysteries and I didn't figure out who the murderer was by the end. I also loved the romance between Polly and Spencer. On the negative side, I don’t usually like books written in first person. This was defiantly true for this book. Even though I understand this book was meant to be humorous, Polly was over the top for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krystle

    The book was compelling enough to get me out of bed and I was motivated to read towards the end. I loved Spencer and Polly, but the other characters, along with some scenes, was dry and dull. I was confused on the main character's intentions of the mystery, for it was not her initial responsibility to discover, or on the criminal's intention of the crime itself. It was overall just decent. The book was compelling enough to get me out of bed and I was motivated to read towards the end. I loved Spencer and Polly, but the other characters, along with some scenes, was dry and dull. I was confused on the main character's intentions of the mystery, for it was not her initial responsibility to discover, or on the criminal's intention of the crime itself. It was overall just decent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Very much enjoyed this romantic cozy mystery. A little bit of romance with a lot of mystery solving. The author had me guessing the entire read. Loved how the main character, Polly, was a true Christian. It had all the elements of a wonderful Christian fiction romantic mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Mertens

    This cozy mystery has a photographer playing sleuth at a lodge while there for her friends' wedding. It features a variety of interesting characters all with odd connections to the deceased. It had some funny parts and the end surprised me more than I thought it would. fun summer read. This cozy mystery has a photographer playing sleuth at a lodge while there for her friends' wedding. It features a variety of interesting characters all with odd connections to the deceased. It had some funny parts and the end surprised me more than I thought it would. fun summer read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Cute story

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Polly is on a little "getaway" from her photography business to take some wedding photos for her best friend's wedding. Seems Polly is capturing more than just happy wedding guests and the happy couple though in her photos. Before the happy couple has even arrived Polly has found the dead body of a man she has always said she wished would just die. She never thought it would ever happen though, especially not in the form of a murder right before her best friend's wedding. The suspects that look Polly is on a little "getaway" from her photography business to take some wedding photos for her best friend's wedding. Seems Polly is capturing more than just happy wedding guests and the happy couple though in her photos. Before the happy couple has even arrived Polly has found the dead body of a man she has always said she wished would just die. She never thought it would ever happen though, especially not in the form of a murder right before her best friend's wedding. The suspects that look most interesting to the Rangers are none other than Polly herself, her Mother, and her ex-lover Spencer. Polly knows deep down that none of them did this, so she is using her talent of reading people through her camera lens to see if she can track down the real murderer. Will she find the real killer before he or she strikes again? Will she live to find the bottom line of this mystery or is her amateur sleuthing going to be the death of her? Can she clear not only herself, but her family and friends? Can she do all of this before she is supposed to be photographing her friend's wedding? This book, in my opinion, moved a bit slow at first. The actions started almost right away, but I felt like the sleuthing was a bit delayed and light at first. After it got rolling though, I very much enjoyed this book and how fast it moved along in the plot. The characters were great and I loved watching them grow and develop as I read on in the book. I love a book that I can read and try to solve the mystery right along with the main sleuth and this book did just that. It was written in such a way that I felt almost like Polly was reading my mind. She seemed to go in all the directions I was thinking about at the same time I was. The mystery of this book and the great characters of the book brought it all to life for me. I could see it all happening and was watching on the edge of my seat to see how it all really was going to turn out. This was a good read for me and I am glad I stuck out the first lull that I initially felt for the book. It was a good mystery with a twist of romance added in to make it all the sweeter. I recommend this read to any mystery or suspense lover. 4/5 Stars!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Polly Perkins, is excited. A chance to branch out beyond her family studio, as a photographer, with the possibility of a nature segment in a magazine, plus she is also going to be taking photographs of her best friend's wedding, while at the beautiful Caldera National Park. What she does not know and could not have foreseen, is that she is fixing to be thrown right in the middle of a murder investigation. A man, that she blames for her best friend in high schools death, turns up at the Park and Polly Perkins, is excited. A chance to branch out beyond her family studio, as a photographer, with the possibility of a nature segment in a magazine, plus she is also going to be taking photographs of her best friend's wedding, while at the beautiful Caldera National Park. What she does not know and could not have foreseen, is that she is fixing to be thrown right in the middle of a murder investigation. A man, that she blames for her best friend in high schools death, turns up at the Park and then he turns up dead. For years she has blamed Alec Gordon for her friend's death, but now she is afraid that annimosity, will cause her to be a suspect in a murder case. However that seems to be the least of her worries, since her mother was heard in the cafe of the park, saying she wished he was dead. Then an old flame of hers becomes center of attention in the case, when it is learned that he threatened the man. Polly, knows that somehow she has the key to find out who killed Alec Gordon, maybe it is in the many pictures that she has been snapping since she arrived. Nosing around and asking questions, seems to be putting her in danger, so she must be careful. This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Goddard, and I found it very enjoyable, it moved fast, the characters were crisp and clear, even the dingy ones, like Polly's mother. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author. 249 pages $10.99 US 4 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: The Camera Never Lies Author: Elizabeth Goddard Publisher: Barbour Books December 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60260-627-2 Genre: Inspirational/cozy mystery Polly Perkins has gone to a small town on the Oregon coast to be with her best friend, Rene when she marries. But Polly has no sooner arrived than her mother does, all upset due to a scam where someone stole over $50,000 from her. Polly thinks her mother is blowing it all out of proportion, until an acquaintance from Polly’s past is found dead—and Poll Title: The Camera Never Lies Author: Elizabeth Goddard Publisher: Barbour Books December 2010 ISBN: 978-1-60260-627-2 Genre: Inspirational/cozy mystery Polly Perkins has gone to a small town on the Oregon coast to be with her best friend, Rene when she marries. But Polly has no sooner arrived than her mother does, all upset due to a scam where someone stole over $50,000 from her. Polly thinks her mother is blowing it all out of proportion, until an acquaintance from Polly’s past is found dead—and Polly’s mother had been overheard threatening to kill him. Polly was supposed to be there to take photos of her friend’s wedding, but instead she finds herself taking shots of the victim, the maid, the gawkers, and everyone else. She firmly believes the camera never lies, but will her pictures help her find the murderer? Or will the murderer find her, first? THE CAMERA NEVER LIES is one of the final few cozy mysteries that Barbour books published. I enjoyed most of the light-hearted mysteries in this collection, but unfortunately, this wasn’t one of them. This book did have the usual array of colorful characters, including Polly’s own mother, but most of the story came across flat. I did figure out who the victim was before he was killed, and I started gathering my clues for the killer as soon as possible. And I had my suspicions early on. If you are looking for a cozy mystery, then THE CAMERA NEVER LIES might be something you’d like. $10.99. 249 pages.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marji Laine

    Last night I indulged in creative juice sensation with Elizabeth Goddard's Carol Award Finalist THE CAMERA NEVER LIES. I wish there was a way to give 6 stars on the reviews! The main character, Polly, is simply taking a weekend off to photograph a dear friend's small location wedding in a national park. The action begins immediately with threats and surprise meetings, followed closely by the appearance of a body. A dead body to be exact. Horribly gruesome, but then a murder mystery isn't quite al Last night I indulged in creative juice sensation with Elizabeth Goddard's Carol Award Finalist THE CAMERA NEVER LIES. I wish there was a way to give 6 stars on the reviews! The main character, Polly, is simply taking a weekend off to photograph a dear friend's small location wedding in a national park. The action begins immediately with threats and surprise meetings, followed closely by the appearance of a body. A dead body to be exact. Horribly gruesome, but then a murder mystery isn't quite all there without a body. And this murder mystery is definitely all there! One of the best I've read, it reminding me of the delight I gained from Phyllis A. Whitney's classics. The plot was so twisted and knotted, I found myself thoroughly overwhelmed. By the time the knots were finally unraveled and I could breath again, I could only relish in the afterglow of brilliant conundrum. I wish I could find books like this one every day! The only fault I had with this exciting mystery was the ending. And no, not because I didn't guess the culprit! While I don't like chapters of falling action after the climax, I also don't like the ending to come at light speed. I reached the apex of such an amazing book and then suddenly everything just ended. Like Monk's "Here's what happened," only much less satisfying. This would've been my ideal mystery had it not been for the abrupt finale.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Polly Perkins is a photographer with a bad habit of hiding behind her camera and living life through it's optical image. Invited by her best friend, Rene, to the Oregon coast to photograph her long-awaited wedding; Polly finds herself tracking down a murderer instead when a body falls out of her mother's closet. Desperately seeking to absolve her mother of any guilt in the murder, she takes pictures to help solve the murder. Will Polly find the truth in time? Or will all the preparations for the Polly Perkins is a photographer with a bad habit of hiding behind her camera and living life through it's optical image. Invited by her best friend, Rene, to the Oregon coast to photograph her long-awaited wedding; Polly finds herself tracking down a murderer instead when a body falls out of her mother's closet. Desperately seeking to absolve her mother of any guilt in the murder, she takes pictures to help solve the murder. Will Polly find the truth in time? Or will all the preparations for the wedding and searching for clues keep her from finding the killer before someone else gets hurt? This novel in particular was indeed somewhat of a mystery for me, because there were enough suspects to keep me guessing the whole time. It was a fun ride, and I have to admit it was a very enjoyable read. I enjoyed the usual array of colorful characters that we've been getting from this lighthearted mystery series, and somehow I keep getting attached to the people I "meet" in these novels. A great read for a lazy Sunday afternoon between church services.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Myra Hill

    What I Liked: Polly. Some found her a little overly-done, but I loved her. She was quirky, funny, and relatable. The supporting characters. Emily, Mom, Hillary... all of them were so unique and interesting. Sure, maybe they were overly-dramatic, but that's okay! Spencer. He was sweet, but also came with his faults. Many rom-com books I read have the male lead being the picture of perfection. Not so with Spencer. And that's a good thing! What I Disliked: Lack of backstory. So we have this mysterious What I Liked: Polly. Some found her a little overly-done, but I loved her. She was quirky, funny, and relatable. The supporting characters. Emily, Mom, Hillary... all of them were so unique and interesting. Sure, maybe they were overly-dramatic, but that's okay! Spencer. He was sweet, but also came with his faults. Many rom-com books I read have the male lead being the picture of perfection. Not so with Spencer. And that's a good thing! What I Disliked: Lack of backstory. So we have this mysterious ex-husband, who we never learn the fate of, as well as some history between Polly and Spencer, which is never fully addressed. I would've really liked to have known just a bit more about Polly's history besides the fact that she has a photography studio back at home. Rene and Conrad. They were... pretty annoying, honestly. And both suspiciously absent from the main story, as well. Final Rating: 10/10. Definitely give this a read if you are a fan of rom-coms. The mystery is engaging and interesting, but the characters are what really make this story shine. I'd highly recommend!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I really wanted to like this book, I really did. The photographer in me wanted to like it, the travel lover in me wanted to like it, and the book lover in me wanted to love it -- and another reason for picking up the book that I'll omit. The story dealt with a photographer visiting a national park (she should have left it as Crater Lake not Caldera) where a murder occurred not too far into the story that just didn't hold my attention, and a bit of romance that never really flowed with the main s I really wanted to like this book, I really did. The photographer in me wanted to like it, the travel lover in me wanted to like it, and the book lover in me wanted to love it -- and another reason for picking up the book that I'll omit. The story dealt with a photographer visiting a national park (she should have left it as Crater Lake not Caldera) where a murder occurred not too far into the story that just didn't hold my attention, and a bit of romance that never really flowed with the main storyline. I just couldn't get into the story. Normally this would have been a book I could have read in less than an evening, but it took me several nights off and on over the course of a couple of weeks to finish.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This book started out very fast going straight into the murder. What kept me interested in the book was the investigation aspect of the story but seemed draggy when the main character wasn't out searching for clues. As things picked up and the puzzle pieces began to form the murder scenario, the big twist in events and who the murderer kept me turning the pages, but was quite unrealistic. Also when they found out who the real murderer was it just basically ended, no chase no nothing just, "oh we This book started out very fast going straight into the murder. What kept me interested in the book was the investigation aspect of the story but seemed draggy when the main character wasn't out searching for clues. As things picked up and the puzzle pieces began to form the murder scenario, the big twist in events and who the murderer kept me turning the pages, but was quite unrealistic. Also when they found out who the real murderer was it just basically ended, no chase no nothing just, "oh we caught him yay! lets get married now!". I felt like I had to force myself to finish this book and when things started picking up, the book left me hanging with unanswered questions.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I love many things about this author. She is a Texas, currently lives in East Texas but recently lived 5 yrs. in Oregon. She is a believer and a Pastor's wife and she home schools her children. This was a random find at Wal-mart. But I enjoyed the humor and mystery. I could've done w/out the little bit of romance she threw in. Why, oh, why do Christian women authors feel the need to add romance all the time. But that is my personal soap box. Overall, this book was an easy read, kept my attention I love many things about this author. She is a Texas, currently lives in East Texas but recently lived 5 yrs. in Oregon. She is a believer and a Pastor's wife and she home schools her children. This was a random find at Wal-mart. But I enjoyed the humor and mystery. I could've done w/out the little bit of romance she threw in. Why, oh, why do Christian women authors feel the need to add romance all the time. But that is my personal soap box. Overall, this book was an easy read, kept my attention and I was surprised at who was the murderer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Iris Davidson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had trouble keeping the characters straight for some reason. The photographer thinks she can and should solve the case. Sort of like, "Why not? It's up to me. I don't have any experience, but I'll do it. The bride was kind of annoying; she kept putting off her wedding for silly reasons. Then there was the woman who cheated on her husband. Her husband's best friend was also in love with her. Why? She was a cheater. And another character is a woman hiding from her mobster husband. Come to think I had trouble keeping the characters straight for some reason. The photographer thinks she can and should solve the case. Sort of like, "Why not? It's up to me. I don't have any experience, but I'll do it. The bride was kind of annoying; she kept putting off her wedding for silly reasons. Then there was the woman who cheated on her husband. Her husband's best friend was also in love with her. Why? She was a cheater. And another character is a woman hiding from her mobster husband. Come to think of it, why did I finish this book?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam Woloszyk

    This was of those books that I only finished for the sake of finishing it. The book was just no my style it was almost too slow and drawn out. And I did not like what the author did with Spencer and Polly through out the book. They seemed to just walk around each other without really crossing paths until the end.Just my thoughts. It was over all just an average book that I will probably forget about in a couple of months.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I enjoyed this book. It was an easy light read with fun characters. The writing style was easy to read and had a nice flow. The characters had their own uniqueness. I wasn't sure until the end whodunit. :) My only issue was the ending seemed a little rushed, and it was a little bit vague as to the reason for the crime. Overall a good read, and I look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Goddard. I enjoyed this book. It was an easy light read with fun characters. The writing style was easy to read and had a nice flow. The characters had their own uniqueness. I wasn't sure until the end whodunit. :) My only issue was the ending seemed a little rushed, and it was a little bit vague as to the reason for the crime. Overall a good read, and I look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Goddard.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I enjoyed this light read. The main character was determined and I loved Spencer, her love from the past. I also enjoyed all the characters and the fast flow of the book. I like a mystery that's not too complicated or violent, and enjoyed the romance most of the way through. I just expected more about the romance at the end. It ended too abruptly. But overall, a good read. I enjoyed this light read. The main character was determined and I loved Spencer, her love from the past. I also enjoyed all the characters and the fast flow of the book. I like a mystery that's not too complicated or violent, and enjoyed the romance most of the way through. I just expected more about the romance at the end. It ended too abruptly. But overall, a good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    A delightful easy short mystery. The book is a Christian mystery with a little romance thrown in. It's a basic quick read. It had some descriptive background to give you a taste of the setting for the story but not enough to paint a complete picture. A delightful easy short mystery. The book is a Christian mystery with a little romance thrown in. It's a basic quick read. It had some descriptive background to give you a taste of the setting for the story but not enough to paint a complete picture.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cheressa

    Awesome story, great intrigue. I bought it and will definitely read it again!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    It took me forever to get into this book becuase it was just way too much drama. It was unpredictable which is good in a mystery but just not very enjoyable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ziller

    Gostei. Pena que adivinhei o assassino antes da hora.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ChrisGA

    Sweet,cozy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monika

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Carper

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Terry

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol Naclerio

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