I am a huge Victoria Thompson fan, this is no secret! I even had the honor of meeting her a few months back (and I was a bit star struck and fangirly!). I adore the Gaslight Mystery series (highly recommend if you enjoy a good mystery) and was so excited to begin reading the second book in her latest series.
Victoria Thompson is a sure thing when you’re looking for some witty and delicious historical fiction. Her characters are authentic and strong, and she always has some bada** leading ladies who can hold their own. And I loved the ode to Downton Abbey with a few of the characters names.
Thompson takes a turn from her usual whodunnit scenario in the Counterfeit Lady series, and leads us into the world of the “grifter” or the con artist. I loved the character of Elizabeth, and her witty dialogue. Along with Sarah Brandt from the Gaslight mysteries, she is another strong female lead in a time when women were still considered the “weaker” sex. Love me some tough, take no prisoners protagonists, thank you very much!
An enjoyable story with a satisfying ending!
This was a @6bookbesties group read and I’m so glad my fellow book friends got to experience this author for the first time! Thank you to Berkley for our advance copies. This book is now available!
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Con artist Elizabeth Miles has determined that Society is the biggest con of all. So far, Elizabeth’s only real social success has been with Priscilla Knight. Priscilla is a dedicated suffragist who was recently widowed for the second time in her young life. Her beloved first husband, DeForrest Jenks, died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters and a comfortable fortune. Soon after his death, her pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her. Before she knew it, he had engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Less than nine months later, Endicott is also dead in a somewhat less tragic and even more suspicious accident.
Priscilla confides to Elizabeth that she had understood Endicott was wealthy in his own right, and she had brought a sizeable fortune to the marriage as well. Now her banker is telling her she has hardly any money left and that her house has been mortgaged. The banker has hinted at a scandal that could damage the family’s reputation and her daughters’ future prospects. Fearing destructive gossip, Priscilla doesn’t know whom to trust.
Elizabeth discovers some unsavory evidence that seems to point to the possibility that Endicott’s death may have been connected to blackmail. To save her new friend’s future, Elizabeth must use her special set of skills to find the truth.