City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)
Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gabriel is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. She knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gabriel. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time within this gilded orbit, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1) Details

TitleCity of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780399586576
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Historical Mystery

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    It was supposed to be a great con, easy money, but this time Elizabeth Miles finds the “respectable” businessman she has conned is a brutal and deadly con man himself and he is out for both his lost money and revenge. Running scared, Elizabeth gets herself carted off with the women of the Suffragists’ movement and for a woman on the run, jail may be the safest place for her. Little did Elizabeth realize, these women would change her life and introduce her to a world of privilege and women who ar It was supposed to be a great con, easy money, but this time Elizabeth Miles finds the “respectable” businessman she has conned is a brutal and deadly con man himself and he is out for both his lost money and revenge. Running scared, Elizabeth gets herself carted off with the women of the Suffragists’ movement and for a woman on the run, jail may be the safest place for her. Little did Elizabeth realize, these women would change her life and introduce her to a world of privilege and women who are equally as strong as she is and not the pampered princesses she always thought them to be. Now she has one last con to pull and it will take all of her skills, skills that could cost her newfound friendships and even her heart. Who knew doing the right thing could be even riskier than being a grifter?With a villain as dastardly as Snidely Whiplash and a romantic interest as honorable as Dudley Dooright, our sweet Elizabeth is up to her neck in lies, cons and a new found conscience that lights up each page of this fast-paced and fascinating read! CITY OF LIES by Victoria Thompson provides a little history, a little drama, some tense moments, and a delightful cast of characters that make this trip back in time a wonderful escape! While Elizabeth may not be the typical heroine, she is a truly memorable and lovable character who steals the show as she manages to shine across each page and wiggle herself out of each predicament she finds herself in! A fun read for sure!I received an ARC edition from Berkley in exchange for my honest and voluntary review!Series: Counterfeit Lady - Book 1Publisher: Berkley (November 7, 2017)Publication Date: November 7, 2017Genre: Historical Mystery/SuspensePrint Length: 320 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars Thank you to First-to-Read and Berkley for allowing me the chance to read this ARC. This book publishes on 11/7/17. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter. She lies, steals and cheats for a living. It is in the process of a job that she becomes involved with a Women's Rights Movement where she falls into a suffragette march as she flees from danger. She is soon jailed, along with the women in this march, and sent to a workhouse where she feels she will be temporarily safe from the people she wa 3.75 stars Thank you to First-to-Read and Berkley for allowing me the chance to read this ARC. This book publishes on 11/7/17. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter. She lies, steals and cheats for a living. It is in the process of a job that she becomes involved with a Women's Rights Movement where she falls into a suffragette march as she flees from danger. She is soon jailed, along with the women in this march, and sent to a workhouse where she feels she will be temporarily safe from the people she was fleeing. Lo and behold, who manages to free them from this workhouse but the very person Elizabeth was hoping to remain hidden from. Now Elizabeth has to put her resourcefulness to use. She must become the demure, gentile suffragette that these women believe her to be. Then she finds she is besieged by two separate suitors and must lie to each of them to protect both herself and her new found friends. But what effect is this having on Elizabeth? Can she change? Will she always be a grifter or will one of her suitors finally win her heart? Victoria Thompson is also the author of the Gaslight Mysteries. She is very good at Victorian era novels and series. This is the first Book of the Counterfeit Lady series. In her books you find an immediate sense of belonging and fitting right into the world she has created. You emphasize with the highs and lows of the protagonist. Time, space and distance fall away as you read and savor that which you find is just out of reach, as you take in the familiar underpinning of a world in the early 1900's.
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  • ☕ Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced and clever. RTC.
  • Bj
    January 1, 1970
    4 "The Grifter Suffragist" Stars!Lovers of historical fiction that takes place during the women's suffragist movement in the US of the early 1900s (circa 1920s) will not want to miss City of Lies. There is also a dash of mystery and suspense thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Additionally, while this is not a traditional historical romance title, I also believe that there is enough of a romance thread (even the beginnings of a romance triangle) to make this historical fiction/mystery title a 4 "The Grifter Suffragist" Stars!Lovers of historical fiction that takes place during the women's suffragist movement in the US of the early 1900s (circa 1920s) will not want to miss City of Lies. There is also a dash of mystery and suspense thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Additionally, while this is not a traditional historical romance title, I also believe that there is enough of a romance thread (even the beginnings of a romance triangle) to make this historical fiction/mystery title also of interest to those who enjoy a historical romance titles. When a con goes bad, grifter Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miles finds herself on the run. Believing their mark (Oscar Thornton) has likely done in her brother, she's left with no choice but to seek desperate measures. It's at that moment--as she's running through the streets of 1920s Washington DC--that she lands eyes on her possible salvation, a women's suffragist march (mostly high society ladies who were protesting to earn the right to vote). She quickly throws herself into the parade of women hoping to blend in, and when the entire group is arrested, Lizzie couldn't be happier as she knows it will give her a safe haven from Thornton and his crew that is out looking for her.What Lizzie, however, never could of imagined is that she would soon come to understand what this group of high society women (a class she many times pretended to be in her cons, but never before felt a kinship with) was fighting for. What at first is just sheer determination to fit in, soon becomes a leadership style and showing of courage that bring her to the attention of Mrs. Bates, one of the leaders of the movement, and Anna Vanderslice, a young suffragist who quickly becomes her devoted friend.The women endure terrible treatment in jail as its clear that politically the administration is trying to make an example of them in order to discourage them and others from demonstrating again. This, however, doesn't deter them in their beliefs. Fortunately, Anna's brother (David) and Mrs. Bates son (Gideon, who is a lawyer) help secure a writ of habeas corpus, though there attempts to find the deputy to serve it on are less fruitful (at least initially). Eventually, however, the women are released which of course is great news for all the prisoners, except Lizzie who now must try to evade Thornton again. Fortunately, Lizzie also makes an impression on David and Gideon, who each want to woe her in their own way. Will Lizzie be able to maintain the friendships she has made and stay safe from Thornton? Moreover, Lizzie is no high society lady, even if she chooses to stay with her new friends, how will she maintain the illusion she has crafted? Will they find out who she really is? And if so will they remain by her side?City of Lies was a fast-action historical fiction title that kept me interested both with the suspense and the interesting and varied inter-relationships among the many characters. I look forward to reading more of Victoria Thompson's titles in the future.Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.
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  • Caille
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. Any book that includes con artists, and especially smart female ones always intrigues me. When combined with the history of the suffrage movement, I felt like this book was made for me. The use of the the rich history of the suffrage movement was fresh and new, and it was clear that Victoria Thompson put quite a bit of research into it. While the book had me hooked from the beginning, there was a part towards the middle where I wasn't sure I liked where the story wa I absolutely loved this book. Any book that includes con artists, and especially smart female ones always intrigues me. When combined with the history of the suffrage movement, I felt like this book was made for me. The use of the the rich history of the suffrage movement was fresh and new, and it was clear that Victoria Thompson put quite a bit of research into it. While the book had me hooked from the beginning, there was a part towards the middle where I wasn't sure I liked where the story was heading. However, Thompson turned it around and the ending was amazing. This is a great pick for anyone looking for a historical fiction drama, or for anyone who likes stories about sly and smart women. While I did love the character of Elizabeth, sometimes I got frustrated with the way that she was portrayed. I kept having to remind myself that this book was set in the early 20th century, and that whether she was a con artist or not, she would act more demure than women today. The character was well written though, and I look forward to seeing how her character will develop in future books. I do believe that this is misclassified as a detective mystery, because while there is a slight mystery in how the con is going to be pulled off, there is no crime that is trying to be solved. I think this book is better classified as a suspense drama, or a historical fiction. NOTE: I received a free advanced readers copy of this book due to my job as a bookseller. I have not been paid for my opinions, and all of my opinions are my own.
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  • Bridget Vollmer
    January 1, 1970
    I'd rate this somewhere between 3.5-4 stars.I was expecting more of a historical mystery but got more of a historical fiction/romance with a little bit of action. The beginning was definitely heavy on the historical info which wasn't bad but I was not expecting the historical info dump. Although, I did find it enlightening once I changed my expectations as I am shamefully lacking in knowledge of the suffragist movement. After I changed my expectations of the book, I really enjoyed the fast paced I'd rate this somewhere between 3.5-4 stars.I was expecting more of a historical mystery but got more of a historical fiction/romance with a little bit of action. The beginning was definitely heavy on the historical info which wasn't bad but I was not expecting the historical info dump. Although, I did find it enlightening once I changed my expectations as I am shamefully lacking in knowledge of the suffragist movement. After I changed my expectations of the book, I really enjoyed the fast paced, clever story line. The ending was really good and had a bit of a shocker that surprised me. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series although I do think the genre should be changed from mystery to historical fiction. It had more of of a "cozy" historical fiction feel than anything else (if that makes sense). I'm curious to see if the next book revolves around a mystery/crime.**I won this book in a GR giveaway in exchange for a review**
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  • Melliane
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    In a departure from her long-running Gaslight Mystery series, Thompson has written a new historical set in the 1917 at the height of the Suffrage movement. Elizabeth (last name changeable) is working a con with her brother that goes horribly wrong. Now the mark, Oscar Thornton, is out for revenge and Elizabeth ends up throwing in with a group of Suffragists (who land in prison) to escape Thornton's clutches. But what starts out as one more cover story becomes something else when Elizabeth comes In a departure from her long-running Gaslight Mystery series, Thompson has written a new historical set in the 1917 at the height of the Suffrage movement. Elizabeth (last name changeable) is working a con with her brother that goes horribly wrong. Now the mark, Oscar Thornton, is out for revenge and Elizabeth ends up throwing in with a group of Suffragists (who land in prison) to escape Thornton's clutches. But what starts out as one more cover story becomes something else when Elizabeth comes to realize the seriousness of the women's goals and just how much there is yet to do. Though the blurb on Goodreads suggests this is a murder mystery, it might be better be described as an historical caper novel with a hint of romance thrown in. And while some of the characterization needed some fleshing out, I really just enjoyed this. The author immerses the reader pretty quickly in the suffrage movement and those scenes pulled me right in.
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  • A
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :)it was definitely different than what I expected, but I actually really liked it :) will have a full review on the release day, because I need some time to gather my thoughts but for now, 4 solid stars :)XOXOAfor more book-ish stuff visit:my blog -> https://bookworm8619.blogspot.com/my facebook page -> https://www.facebook.com/bookworm8619/
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  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    City of Lies was the type of book that only got better as it went on. At the start, I was introduced to Elizabeth Mile’s character and grifter ways, which I found most interesting. When things went bad with a deal, she wound up taking part in a suffragist march in order to try and throw some thugs off of her trail. Only that did not go as she had planned.I will say that I enjoyed reading about the suffragists movement because I tend to take my civil liberties for granted and I forget that my rig City of Lies was the type of book that only got better as it went on. At the start, I was introduced to Elizabeth Mile’s character and grifter ways, which I found most interesting. When things went bad with a deal, she wound up taking part in a suffragist march in order to try and throw some thugs off of her trail. Only that did not go as she had planned.I will say that I enjoyed reading about the suffragists movement because I tend to take my civil liberties for granted and I forget that my rights as a woman was only because of the many brave women who came before me. So, this story made me remember and appreciate that and for that I am grateful. Elizabeth was not a suffragist nor did she really care about their movement per say but she certainly grabbed onto the ruse if only to save her skin.While she was wrapped up with the situation she was in, Elizabeth also met some women who were kind to her and looked after her. Soon they doted on Elizabeth and made it impossible for her to part from their company, especially when Oscar Thornton caught wind of where Elizabeth was staying. It quickly becomes obvious that in order for Elizabeth to live any sort of life she was going to have to pull off the con of a century, even when it meant risking her newly acquired friendships. Even in one case risking something more precious than mere friendship.When I start reading City of Lies I was interested but then it slowed down for me a bit and I really felt like ‘putting it down,’ the main reason I kept reading was that I truly loved the character of Gideon Bates and whenever his chapters came along I became excited again. The something changed and I became actively involved in the story again. BY the time the ending came along I was really excited and happy for the ending. City of Lies is a story that surprised me and although I felt it was a little slow once it took off it was a gem!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from First Reads. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to First to Read for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson is a fast-paced, easy historical fiction about a female con-artist/grifter on the run after a con gone bad. Elizabeth Miles and her brother Jake are casing their next mark, Oscar Thornton, and trying to make out with thousands of dollars of his money. When the con goes bad, Lizzie runs off and ends up in a group of suffragists outside the White House. To get away from Thornton's goons, she get Thanks to First to Read for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson is a fast-paced, easy historical fiction about a female con-artist/grifter on the run after a con gone bad. Elizabeth Miles and her brother Jake are casing their next mark, Oscar Thornton, and trying to make out with thousands of dollars of his money. When the con goes bad, Lizzie runs off and ends up in a group of suffragists outside the White House. To get away from Thornton's goons, she gets herself and the group arrested and sent away to a workhouse, where they are treated very badly. Being kept in prison, she befriends Anna Vanderslice and Mrs. Bates and they invite her to New York with them to recuperate after their ordeal. Thornton is not going to let her go without retaliation, so she has to figure out how to make her biggest con yet but not lose her new friendships. I really enjoyed this story and the fact that it is not wrapped up in romance, while learning new things about the suffragist movement. Historical fiction at its best and an overall good story, even some things are a little unbelievable. Definitely will check out the next installment to the series.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    The description that is given is a little misleading as is the title, I was expecting a woman that we see very much in the beginning of the novel. We see "Betty" swindling people for their money, using her charms to con a man, and then? She completely loses her agency when she goes into jail. I feel like it was a smart idea for her but at the same time, while she is in jail, she seems to forget about her sense of urgency. I feel like we lost her character while she was incarcerated and my intere The description that is given is a little misleading as is the title, I was expecting a woman that we see very much in the beginning of the novel. We see "Betty" swindling people for their money, using her charms to con a man, and then? She completely loses her agency when she goes into jail. I feel like it was a smart idea for her but at the same time, while she is in jail, she seems to forget about her sense of urgency. I feel like we lost her character while she was incarcerated and my interest in the novel dwindled there. I feel like this novel was supposed to be more interesting and I was very much led astray by the fact that it wasn't as interesting as the description stated. 3/5, the only saving grace is the good writing style.I was given this book through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Lizzy Miles is a grifter. She and her brother run a number of cons. However, their latest con goes wrong and Oscar Thornton is now and the hunt for Lizzy. He wants his money back or Lizzy dead. Lizzy runs into a protest by suffragists who are picketing in front of the White House. Lizzy finds herself arrested and taken to a workhouse. She meets a number of upper class women and makes friends as they go through the horrors of the workhouse. She becomes especially close to Mrs. Bates and Anna Vand Lizzy Miles is a grifter. She and her brother run a number of cons. However, their latest con goes wrong and Oscar Thornton is now and the hunt for Lizzy. He wants his money back or Lizzy dead. Lizzy runs into a protest by suffragists who are picketing in front of the White House. Lizzy finds herself arrested and taken to a workhouse. She meets a number of upper class women and makes friends as they go through the horrors of the workhouse. She becomes especially close to Mrs. Bates and Anna Vanderslice. While they are undergoing horrors inside the workhouse, Mrs. Bate's son Gideon and Anna's brother David are trying to get them out. They are assisted by Oscar Thornton who wants Lizzy and who wants David to broker a deal with the Army to let him sell some questionable weapons.Once out of jail, Lizzy is taken home by Mrs. Bates and Anna. However, Lizzy is kidnapped by Thornton and the only way she can get herself free is to plan another con. She has to convince Thornton that she has enough influence with David to get him to broker Thornton's deal. She finds herself engaged to David while falling in love with Gideon and running the biggest con of her life. This was a great historical thriller. I liked Lizzy and I liked the historical detail about the woman's suffrage movement. It was fun trying to keep track of who knew what and what story Lizzy was going to try next.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was surprisingly good. I just expected a fun mystery type read, but this was really a well written historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a grifter, running a con with her partner in crime and the target is a vicious and dangerous man. When they make off with his money, he beats her partner and Elizabeth hides among a suffragist protest and ends up getting herself (and an entire crowd of women) arrested and shipped off to prison. And that's just where the fun begins. I was really I thought this was surprisingly good. I just expected a fun mystery type read, but this was really a well written historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a grifter, running a con with her partner in crime and the target is a vicious and dangerous man. When they make off with his money, he beats her partner and Elizabeth hides among a suffragist protest and ends up getting herself (and an entire crowd of women) arrested and shipped off to prison. And that's just where the fun begins. I was really impressed with this. The cover made it seem sort of YA and not that serious. It was actually quite awesome and the author did a great job with the research.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Good story and what promises to be a good new series. The title doesn't really fit, though.
  • Amie
    January 1, 1970
    I was expecting this to be a mystery but it's not. The description here on goodreads it's incorrect - it is not set in the 1920s, it's set during WWI and the women's suffrage movement plays a significant role in the plot.
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved the characters here. (Also I know we've been getting some totally ethically grey baddies, but there is nothing grey about this one, and that was good in a different way). They were lively and had real flair. While I wish we could have a whole book about Mrs. Bates, I enjoyed the partnership of Lizzie and Anna. Also the plot leaves us constantly surprised even though we know it's a heist, it unfolds as a shock to even us. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an hone I absolutely loved the characters here. (Also I know we've been getting some totally ethically grey baddies, but there is nothing grey about this one, and that was good in a different way). They were lively and had real flair. While I wish we could have a whole book about Mrs. Bates, I enjoyed the partnership of Lizzie and Anna. Also the plot leaves us constantly surprised even though we know it's a heist, it unfolds as a shock to even us. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from First to Read.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Running a successful con takes cunning and dedication. In Victoria Thompson's City of Lies, unforeseen circumstances derail the life of a female grifter.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.Elizabeth is capable of taking on many roles and being whoever would best suit her current endeavor. When her latest mark discovers the con she and her brother were working, she's forced on the run to save her life. Disappearing into a crowd of suffra Running a successful con takes cunning and dedication. In Victoria Thompson's City of Lies, unforeseen circumstances derail the life of a female grifter.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.Elizabeth is capable of taking on many roles and being whoever would best suit her current endeavor. When her latest mark discovers the con she and her brother were working, she's forced on the run to save her life. Disappearing into a crowd of suffragists marching on Washington, D.C. Elizabeth thought she would just bide her time until she can make her way to a safe rendezvous in New York City, but she soon comes to understand and care for the women in the suffragist movement. In entering into friendships with a few of the women, Elizabeth finds herself struggling to keep all her secrets from both them and Gabriel, the son of one of the women, as she becomes more entangled in their lives.Providing an interesting combination of history, a quick-thinking, clever female protagonist managing a caper, and a hint of romance, the narrative is entertaining and engages with its historical context instead of using it merely as a backdrop. The story jumps quickly into action without allowing for much exposition to provide a decent establishment of the main characters; though it tries to develop the characters along the way, it was a struggle to understand their motivations from the outset as they could have used more thorough development.Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of the Gaslight mysteries but I feel a bit like City of Lies lied to me as it's not a mystery at all but a historical romance.Elizabeth Miles is  a grifter who was working a con with her brother when it goes horrible wrong. They conned the wrong man as Oscar Thornton is not a nice person, he is very ruthless. He has already caught her brother and his two goons are beating up on him and since there is no hope of her helping him she runs but Thornton sees her and sends his goons af I am a huge fan of the Gaslight mysteries but I feel a bit like City of Lies lied to me as it's not a mystery at all but a historical romance.Elizabeth Miles is  a grifter who was working a con with her brother when it goes horrible wrong. They conned the wrong man as Oscar Thornton is not a nice person, he is very ruthless. He has already caught her brother and his two goons are beating up on him and since there is no hope of her helping him she runs but Thornton sees her and sends his goons after her instead and she sees her only hope of escape in a group of women who are protesting for women's right to vote.While in jail she meets a young woman named Anna and a older woman named Mrs. Bates who take to her rather quickly. Anna thinks Elizabeth is so bold and different and you can quickly see she wants to be like her and likes her more than Elizabeth realizes. Mrs. Bates son is a lawyer and when he finds out from David (Anna's brother) that things are not going well for the ladies he works with the ladies lawyer to try and figure things out.The women were suppose to be sent to the jail in town but they didn't have room for them and they are sent to a workhouse where things are very nasty and it's very trying for them. Probably about half of the book has to do with Gabriel and the other lawyer trying to figure out where the ladies are and the ladies going on a hunger strike and making the government look bad if they don't get the ladies eating, so lots of women's movement stuff. After they get out though Elizabeth finds out that she is not safe and has to come up with an elaborate plan to bring down Thorton that has to do with those she just met, mainly David. Gabriel is fascinated with Elizabeth and can't see why she wants to hang around with David and this is where the romance part falls in. I liked Elizabeth and Mrs. Bates but I was not a fan of Anna. Elizabeth is a strong character and though she is a lot like her father there is a part of her that would like to be a real lady. I really liked Gabriel as he might not have been a huge fan of the movement but he never stood in the way of his mother or even made Elizabeth feel bad about anything. David is kind of wimpy but I think he was suppose to be. :)It was all rather interested though I could do without some things as that is my preference in reading but I can't say that I was wowed by it and a bit disappointed as my expectation was higher. 
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  • Elaine -
    January 1, 1970
    I love how City of Lies starts right into the action! Victoria Thompson gets directly into the story of Elizabeth Miles and her current con to relieve an unsuspecting gentleman, Thornton, of his money. Elizabeth along with her brother, Jake, are con artists. She is a master of deception, but after a con goes wrong and she is being hunted by the target she must find a way out.While running from the thugs hired by her target Elizabeth finds herself in the middle of the suffragists protesting at th I love how City of Lies starts right into the action! Victoria Thompson gets directly into the story of Elizabeth Miles and her current con to relieve an unsuspecting gentleman, Thornton, of his money. Elizabeth along with her brother, Jake, are con artists. She is a master of deception, but after a con goes wrong and she is being hunted by the target she must find a way out.While running from the thugs hired by her target Elizabeth finds herself in the middle of the suffragists protesting at the White House. The only thing she can do is join in and hope that she too gets arrested and will have time to think of a new plan in jail. What she doesn't plan for is becoming attached to a few of the suffragists and their movement. "I told you, Thornton went wild. He sucker punched the boy before I could do a thing. And when Jake ran, Thornton sent his goons after him. He's probably going to come looking for you next, so you need to get out of town.""'Jake might be a fool, but he knows how to do a switch. Thornton still believes I was conned, too.' Switching a mark's allegiance from the roper to the inside man was crucial to a successful con, and Elizabeth had to admit that Jake was particularly good at it."I love that Victoria Thompson has taken real events from the suffragist movement and added them into this book. I love it when authors mix real history into their fictional novels. It makes the story much more believable and easier for me to emerge myself in.Elizabeth befriends Anna and her family friend Mrs. Bates while she is in prison. When the women are released they insist that Elizabeth come home with them to New York. They are unaware that Elizabeth is from New York and they are helping get her home. What Elizabeth doesn't count on is Thornton knowing their family and quickly finding out that Elizabeth is with them. City of Lies is a cat and mouse game of Elizabeth trying to outsmart Thornton. Elizabeth needs one more con to work so she can keep her portion of the money and her life. Rather than be a woman on the run for the rest of her days she takes a stand. Soon she has roped Anna, her brother and Mrs. Bates son into the scheme. Will Elizabeth make this con work? Or will this one fail too?I look forward to this Counterfeit Lady series of books. I'm intrigued to read more about Elizabeth and to find out what con she has up her sleeve next.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Miles luck has run out. She is caught in the act of scamming a wealthy but not so respectable gentleman out a large amount of money. He is not a kind or ethical man and vows to capture and harm her for the act. In a desperate attempt to escape she joins a wealthy group of Suffragists who are demonstrating outside the White House for the right to vote. In doing so she becomes swept up in the consequences of those actions while also trying to escape the man who is out to kill her.The fir Elizabeth Miles luck has run out. She is caught in the act of scamming a wealthy but not so respectable gentleman out a large amount of money. He is not a kind or ethical man and vows to capture and harm her for the act. In a desperate attempt to escape she joins a wealthy group of Suffragists who are demonstrating outside the White House for the right to vote. In doing so she becomes swept up in the consequences of those actions while also trying to escape the man who is out to kill her.The first half of the book is focused on the women of this particular group of Suffragists. To quote Anna Vanderslice " the term suffragette is demeaning. We call ourselves Suffragists". I enjoyed learning more about the movement and what women were willing to sacrifice to win the right to vote and have a say in their own life. How could they not want change when dealing with men who think like the White House attorney Mr. Ingalls: " I hope you will reconsider, Miss Miles. It is for your own good, you know". Elizabeth's next thought was priceless...how many times had men said that to women when it wasn't for their own good at all?I enjoyed the development of Elizabeth's friendships with the women and her discovery of what it means to care about someone else..particularly a female friend. Her life has been dominated by men and she has not had an opportunity to experience this before. It is a true revelation for her.The second half of the book focuses on Elizabeth's plans and escapades to escape the man she swindled, and also on the two wealthy men who have come into her life. While this part didn't engage me as much as the first portion of the book, I was invested to see how Elizabeth would make out. I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway. All the opinions I expressed in this review are my own.Overall, I liked this book and would recommend to those who want to learn a little history while also enjoying adventure and a bit of romance.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    I want to start by pointing out that the Goodreads blurb for this book is not accurate. First of all this is not a murder mystery, Elizabeth does not scour Washington, DC for a killer. The story does not take place in 1920's but few years earlier, in 1917-1918. Lastly, one of the main character's name is Gideon, not Gabriel. (The blurb on Amazon website is more accurate)Now that we cleared this I must say I really enjoyed City of Lies. I found the time period very interesting and I really enjoye I want to start by pointing out that the Goodreads blurb for this book is not accurate. First of all this is not a murder mystery, Elizabeth does not scour Washington, DC for a killer. The story does not take place in 1920's but few years earlier, in 1917-1918. Lastly, one of the main character's name is Gideon, not Gabriel. (The blurb on Amazon website is more accurate)Now that we cleared this I must say I really enjoyed City of Lies. I found the time period very interesting and I really enjoyed reading about the suffragist movement. The writing is very engaging and the pacing is great. I was never bored, I wanted to keep turning pages and read about Elizabeth's adventures. This book does have a few flaws that in any other book would've caused me to lower my rating, but City of Lies was so entertaining I decided to forgive them. These are the things I didn't love: 1. Insta-love, especially on Gideon's side. I wanted Elizabeth and Gideon's relationship to have more depth and more complexity, I wanted it to grow and develop slowly. 2. We are constantly told that Elizabeth is this incredible, amazing women like no other. Gideon, Anna, and Mrs. Bates all rave about how different from anyone else she is, but we are never shown this side of her character. Yes, she is clever, resourceful, and street smart, but to imply that she is so much better than everyone else is a stretch. 3. The ending is too neat and tidy for my taste. City of Lies is supposed to be the first book in the series and it's hard to imagine how Elizabeth's story will continue when the ending was wrapped up like a pretty package with a bow on top. As I mentioned earlier I still very much enjoyed this book. The City of Lies is a fun romp full of adventures and likable characters, and it’s an interesting read despite some flaws. I will definitely pick up the second book.*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss
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  • Lauren loves llamas
    January 1, 1970
    When a con goes bad, Elizabeth flees for her life straight into the middle of a suffragist rally in front of the White House. Desperate for protection from the man she’s conned, she sets out to get them all arrested. After all, where else could be safer than a prison? Only, Elizabeth hasn’t counted on the lengths the President’s men will go to to suppress the burgeoning movement - or the spirit and bravery of the women that accept Elizabeth as one of their own. After all, it’s just another con, When a con goes bad, Elizabeth flees for her life straight into the middle of a suffragist rally in front of the White House. Desperate for protection from the man she’s conned, she sets out to get them all arrested. After all, where else could be safer than a prison? Only, Elizabeth hasn’t counted on the lengths the President’s men will go to to suppress the burgeoning movement - or the spirit and bravery of the women that accept Elizabeth as one of their own. After all, it’s just another con, right?After finishing the first few chapters, I actually went back and double-checked that I was reading the right book, because it didn’t match the blurb at all. In fact, I’d say the blurb does a serious disservice to the book. This is more of a caper novel with a dash of romance. Elizabeth goes from one con to the next, all the while trying to keep her stories straight and stay under the radar of the man who wants to kill her. For the most part, the pacing was nice and tight, and I had a hard time putting the book down during the last third. I was drawn in by the descriptions of the suffragist movement and their treatment in the first third of the book, and was disappointed that it wasn’t discussed more in the rest of the book.As far as other cons, the characterization was a bit light, and I couldn’t quite believe the willingness of the side characters to trust Elizabeth (even after the truth is revealed). The romance also felt forced to me, and I wonder if the book could’ve done without it entirely.Overall, I enjoyed this book. Recommended for anyone who’s interested in a historical caper novel with a touch of romance.I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! I was a little confused at first because the GoodReads description of the book suggested it was a 1920's murder mystery set in DC, and was waiting for someone to be bumped off, then very confused by the shift back to NY. However, the actual story of the book was even more engrossing and provided an interesting look into the suffragist movement and life in WWI-era New York and DC. The details of what the suffragists went through were shocking and is a stark reminder of how much we tak I loved it! I was a little confused at first because the GoodReads description of the book suggested it was a 1920's murder mystery set in DC, and was waiting for someone to be bumped off, then very confused by the shift back to NY. However, the actual story of the book was even more engrossing and provided an interesting look into the suffragist movement and life in WWI-era New York and DC. The details of what the suffragists went through were shocking and is a stark reminder of how much we take for granted nowadays (and how some things haven't changed). Elizabeth Miles was a fascinating character and so unlike any other historical protagonist I've read. She was swept up into being a con-woman in order to fit in with her family, but she excels at what she does. Despite her questionable livelihood, she maintains a sense of ethics about the types of cons she runs and the people she targets. When she meets Gideon Bates -- an attorney with a seemingly unbending sense of right and wrong -- she tries to dismiss him out of hand, but Gideon's ability to see through her disguises and uncover the truth of her character catches her off guard. Elizabeth's survival instincts force her to distance herself from Gideon in order to maintain her cover during a long con against a violent criminal, but as she becomes more involved with Gideon's family and friends, she struggles to keep the walls up around her.Can't wait to read more in this series! Thank you to Penguin Random House's First to Read program for providing an ARC for review!
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  • Nese
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a fair review.This is the first book in the series and also the only book by this author I have read, and as a book lover, I was pleasantly surprised by the content and the design of this book. The cover page design of the book looks like a work of art, the formatting of the book is beautifully done, and the font and the print of the book are so pleasing to the eye. (I enjoy the practicality of eBooks, but nothing I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a fair review.This is the first book in the series and also the only book by this author I have read, and as a book lover, I was pleasantly surprised by the content and the design of this book. The cover page design of the book looks like a work of art, the formatting of the book is beautifully done, and the font and the print of the book are so pleasing to the eye. (I enjoy the practicality of eBooks, but nothing compares to holding a regular hard copy of a book in one’s hand, especially a nicely-designed one.) The story has a fast and steady pace and it flows well. The things I like the most about the book are character developments, learning about the suffragists, and the way the inner worlds of the characters are described, helping the reader understand motivations behind the actions. The only thing I didn’t like or couldn’t relate to in the book is the self-described “ swindler, con artist, and grifter” main character who manipulates people, cons them, steals, and lies without any feelings of guilt or remorse. However, I liked the writing style and the story telling of this book, and I plan on checking out the same author’s best-selling series: Gaslight Mysteries.
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  • Kelsie
    January 1, 1970
    My experience with City of Lies by Victoria Thompson was a little different than my normal. I’ve never read any of this author’s previous books so I didn’t know what to expect. I very rarely meet a book I don’t enjoy to some extent. Unfortunately, this book nearly falls completely into that category. This book is historical fiction, intrigue and chaste romance all in one. While that sounds like a recipe for success, somehow this fell short for me. Elizabeth the lead female character was suitably My experience with City of Lies by Victoria Thompson was a little different than my normal. I’ve never read any of this author’s previous books so I didn’t know what to expect. I very rarely meet a book I don’t enjoy to some extent. Unfortunately, this book nearly falls completely into that category. This book is historical fiction, intrigue and chaste romance all in one. While that sounds like a recipe for success, somehow this fell short for me. Elizabeth the lead female character was suitably complex and seems to completely evolve during the course of the story. The history of the women’s suffrage movement was interesting. The intrigue of the “con” could have been engrossing. The brief foray into the lesbian lifestyle of the day was confusing. It just was all a bit much. Ms. Thompson’s excellent writing style is the only reason I was able to finish this book. I always start a book anticipating just enjoying losing myself in the story and that’s usually what happens, just not in this case.I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of the Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I saw that Victoria Thompson was starting a new series I was thrilled. I love her Gaslight Series and all the historical facts she puts into the story. City of Lies follows that same pattern. This time the setting is 1917 and features historical facts from the movement to allow women to vote. Elizabeth Miles is on the run when she joins a right to vote protest and gets everyone thrown into jail. Her family runs scams and she has just been caught up in one that goes bad. Elizabeth is v As soon as I saw that Victoria Thompson was starting a new series I was thrilled. I love her Gaslight Series and all the historical facts she puts into the story. City of Lies follows that same pattern. This time the setting is 1917 and features historical facts from the movement to allow women to vote. Elizabeth Miles is on the run when she joins a right to vote protest and gets everyone thrown into jail. Her family runs scams and she has just been caught up in one that goes bad. Elizabeth is very good at playing a role and her arrest and sentence have her playing a Lady in a time when the difference between Ladies and other women is very pronounced. It was fun to see how Elizabeth handled both her new friends and her less than honest family. Look forward to seeing Elizabeth in future books. Be sure and read what Victoria says about women and the movement involved in getting the vote for women. She used some actual historical events in the book and it is facinating to see all that was involved before women were allowed the vote.I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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  • Kristi Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    ”The truth. She didn’t think she even knew what that was anymore, and even if she did, telling it would hardly help.”This is the first book in a new series by Victoria Thompson who also writes the Gaslight series. This is the story of Elizabeth Miles a con woman who after escaping the clutches of a dangerous mark embroils her is the Suffragist movement and a completely new lifestyle. Elizabeth is a strong woman who has lived all her life by her wits, in a time that women stayed home, raised a f ”The truth. She didn’t think she even knew what that was anymore, and even if she did, telling it would hardly help.”This is the first book in a new series by Victoria Thompson who also writes the Gaslight series. This is the story of Elizabeth Miles a con woman who after escaping the clutches of a dangerous mark embroils her is the Suffragist movement and a completely new lifestyle. Elizabeth is a strong woman who has lived all her life by her wits, in a time that women stayed home, raised a family, and took care of the household. She also is in the time when women are starting to question their roles in society. Elizabeth meets many people who make her question her lifestyle. Anna Vanderslice becomes her best friend and Anna’s brother David becomes her fiancé. However, her heart is really beating for their friend Gideon who seems taken with her also. The characters are vivid and some of the incidents especially of the Suffragist movement are based on truth. I enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading the next one. I received this book as part of the Penguin’s First to Read program.
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  • Raena
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC ebook from the publisher.This book was interesting. It felt like it clearly fit in the YA category. I liked that it was different from typical YA as it was historical fiction. The idea of the book was to fictionalize a period where suffragists were jailed and the surrounding events. The main character, Elizabeth, begins the book working a con with her "brother" and when it all goes poorly, she ends up with suffragists on the White House lawn, which results in her joining them i I received an ARC ebook from the publisher.This book was interesting. It felt like it clearly fit in the YA category. I liked that it was different from typical YA as it was historical fiction. The idea of the book was to fictionalize a period where suffragists were jailed and the surrounding events. The main character, Elizabeth, begins the book working a con with her "brother" and when it all goes poorly, she ends up with suffragists on the White House lawn, which results in her joining them in jail, then a workhouse. Most of the book is not spent in jail, but rather in the days following when Elizabeth is swept up in the world of the women she joined. The book tried to do a little bit too much. It talked about women's rights, but then inexplicably also talked about lesbians of the time. It seemed as though the focus was spread too thin. Was this a book about suffrage, or a love story, or a long con? I enjoyed it, but was never exactly sure what I was reading.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to say that this was a great book but I can't. In all honesty it is a little different then what I normally read. However, the description really hooked my attention and I saw so many people talking about it. So when I saw it on NetGalley I was very excited to read it.I started it and just could not stay interested even with everything going on. I couldn't even sympathize with the character. I think it could have been a great book and for many people they will enjoy it. I couldn' I really wanted to say that this was a great book but I can't. In all honesty it is a little different then what I normally read. However, the description really hooked my attention and I saw so many people talking about it. So when I saw it on NetGalley I was very excited to read it.I started it and just could not stay interested even with everything going on. I couldn't even sympathize with the character. I think it could have been a great book and for many people they will enjoy it. I couldn't always understand the motivation with certain characters and then the other characters fell flat for me. Overall I just would put the book down and not be real excited to pick it up. I think this book will appeal to many people but I just couldn't stay intrigued by it. In fact with everything going on it should have kept my attention and made me want to keep reading. I received a copy from NetGalley as an ARC in ebook format.
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