#BookReview: City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson @BerkleyPub @gaslightvt #5STARS #6bookbestiescityofsecrets #historicalfiction #series



New favorite author!

An 1920’s crime mystery with curious characters and a captivating plot. This is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady Series. I was totally absorbed in it.

Elizabeth Miles was my favorite character. She is a con-artist with a big heart. She learned her grifter ways from her father and has spent some time in jail with some fellow suffragettes. She has fallen for Gideon Bates, the most honest and slightly uptight lawyer in town.

Elizabeth and Gideon get involved and tangled up in quite a web of deceit and corruption with some unsavory characters living in their community.  Gideon wants to follow the rule of law and expose the scammers. Elizabeth has her own idea about how to go about it and Gideon isn’t entirely on board.

A wonderful cast, a perfectly constructed story and writing that makes you want to come back for more!  Can’t wait to read the next in this series and yes, I am already reading book one (I’m notorious for reading out of order, but at least this series is new!)

If your looking for a change of pace and enjoy historical mysteries, this one is a solid winner!


Book Description:

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.

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    • I also bought the Gaslight Mystery Book One …it is more of a who dunnit series and I’ve heard raving reviews! Don’t miss that one either…


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