City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
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.

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2) Details

TitleCity of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780451491619
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2) Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    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 u 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!Thanks to the publisher for my copy to read/review.  Review will post to my blog in November.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read in the Counterfeit Lady series. If you are expecting a story light the Gas House Mysteries you will be disappointed. This story is more like a very good novel with romance and a mystery. The book started slowly as I place the characters but it changed as I found it difficult to put down. The characters are well developed and held my attention. I am looking forward to the next bookElizabeth Miles is learning the correct behavior high in Society. She secretly eng This is the first book I have read in the Counterfeit Lady series. If you are expecting a story light the Gas House Mysteries you will be disappointed. This story is more like a very good novel with romance and a mystery. The book started slowly as I place the characters but it changed as I found it difficult to put down. The characters are well developed and held my attention. I am looking forward to the next bookElizabeth Miles is learning the correct behavior high in Society. She secretly engaged Gideon Bates. She has become friends with Priscilla Knight who was recently widows of the second time. Elizabeth is dismayed when she learns Priscilla has been left penniless as her second husband used her money to play a blackmailer. With the aid of her family, a con was set up to get Priscilla's money back. Will the con be successful and what will happen to the blackmailers. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for a review copy.The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sara Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher.I haven't read the first book in this series, but this one is really good. I brought it in from the mail and started reading it immediately and had to finish it that day since I was so engrossed in the story.Reading about this period in history when women had few rights in terms of inheritance and were simultaneously looked down upon as inferior and "it's better for you this way" was a bit enraging to me. I'm glad I didn't live back then. I d I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher.I haven't read the first book in this series, but this one is really good. I brought it in from the mail and started reading it immediately and had to finish it that day since I was so engrossed in the story.Reading about this period in history when women had few rights in terms of inheritance and were simultaneously looked down upon as inferior and "it's better for you this way" was a bit enraging to me. I'm glad I didn't live back then. I definitely recommend this book as a goodread and plan to look for the first book in the Counterfeit Lady series as well. This one works as a standalone book, but it made me want to read more.
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  • Kelsie
    January 1, 1970
    City of Secrets is the second novel in Victoria Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. I read the first in the series, City of Lies and, unfortunately, was not impressed. However, Thompson has done a complete 180 in this second novel. The author’s writing style was never an issue, but there were too many elements in Lies. In Secrets, Thompson was able to bring the characterization in line with the plot and the background elements. Both books are historical fiction, intrigue and chaste romance all i City of Secrets is the second novel in Victoria Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. I read the first in the series, City of Lies and, unfortunately, was not impressed. However, Thompson has done a complete 180 in this second novel. The author’s writing style was never an issue, but there were too many elements in Lies. In Secrets, Thompson was able to bring the characterization in line with the plot and the background elements. Both books are historical fiction, intrigue and chaste romance all in one, and Thompson was able to successfully wrangle all three in this second novel. Elizabeth, the lead female character, has fully evolved as has her love interest, Gideon. The plot was fully realized and held my interest from start to finish. The backstory was interwoven in a manner that made this a decent standalone, though reading the first in the series made this an easier and more enjoyable read. Elizabeth sets out to help her friend, Priscilla, in her own unique, exciting way and drags Gideon and the rest of her supporting cast along with her. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the First to Read program for a digital ARC of this book. The following is my honest opinion of this book:The second entry in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Secrets is a quick read that's definitely worth looking into. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter but she's met a wonderful man, (Gideon Bates) who prides himself on following the law and always being honest. As Elizabeth tries to establish herself in his world, she befriends a woman at church who has just lost her second husband to Thanks to the First to Read program for a digital ARC of this book. The following is my honest opinion of this book:The second entry in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Secrets is a quick read that's definitely worth looking into. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter but she's met a wonderful man, (Gideon Bates) who prides himself on following the law and always being honest. As Elizabeth tries to establish herself in his world, she befriends a woman at church who has just lost her second husband to a tragic accident. Unfortunately, she has also learned that all of her money from the estate of her first husband is mysteriously gone. When Elizabeth starts looking into the missing money, she discovers a blackmail scheme may have been the culprit and the prime suspects are respected members of the community. When she suggests a con to regain possession of the money to Gideon, he states he cannot condone anything outside of the parameters of the law. This book really held my attention. I must say that while not an absolute necessity, I would highly recommend reading the first book (City of Lies) before this one. In my opinion, that book sets up the series. It provides a great deal of character background information and establishes the various character relationships. Through it, you get a feel for each character and a greater understanding of who each one truly is. The second book builds on those relationships. With that said, I think the plot in City of Secrets was better and much more developed than the first book. It was an interesting story with several twists and turns. Much like the first, the historical content that is added in is a great bonus. I enjoyed learning more about the Suffragist Movement and the general conditions of women during that time period. I would definitely recommend this book to others and look forward to future installments in the series!
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  • Jean Kolinofsky
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Miles was a grifter. In an attempt to get away from one of her marks, she mingled with a group of suffragists and was arrested with them. This was where she met Mrs Bates, whose son Gideon became her fiancé. In Victoria Thompson’s second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, Elizabeth is trying to establish herself as a lady in New York with Mrs. Bates’ assistance. When she encounters the widow Priscilla Knight, however, she decides to use her skills as a grifter to help her.Priscilla h Elizabeth Miles was a grifter. In an attempt to get away from one of her marks, she mingled with a group of suffragists and was arrested with them. This was where she met Mrs Bates, whose son Gideon became her fiancé. In Victoria Thompson’s second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, Elizabeth is trying to establish herself as a lady in New York with Mrs. Bates’ assistance. When she encounters the widow Priscilla Knight, however, she decides to use her skills as a grifter to help her.Priscilla has lost two husbands in a short time. When her first husband died, she was rushed into a second marriage by Reverend Honesdale and his wife. Her second husband, Endicott Knight, was being blackmailed and after his death Priscilla discovered that all of his money as well as the money left by her first husband is gone. She and her two young daughters now have nothing and face a life of poverty.While Gideon is a lawyer who believes in justice through legal means, Elizabeth realizes that she will have to rely on other means to retrieve Priscilla’s money. Using her family, she sets a plan in motion that is both daring and highly entertaining. While it is a clever mystery, this is also a look at the efforts of the suffragists to gain the vote as well as the social behaviors of the early 1900s. Elizabeth refers to Ordway’s The Etiquette of Today a number of times to prevent a social faux pas and embarrassment.Thompson provides some clever twists. While the blackmailer is revealed fairly early, Elizabeth’s sense of justice and her plans to assist her friend keep the reader engrossed. For an enjoyable historical mystery, I would definitely recommend this series. I would like to thank First to Read for providing this book for my review.
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  • Judy Beetem
    January 1, 1970
    City of Secrets is the second in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson. I hadn't read the first book in the series but had no trouble catching on. I fully intend to read the first book, then probably reread this one.Thompson has crafted a view of society in the 1920s where con artist, Elizabeth Miles, is trying to make her mark. She's just broken up with her fiance and is secretly engaged to Gideon Bates - a man she truly loves. Gideon's mother (Elizabeth met her in the first book dur City of Secrets is the second in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson. I hadn't read the first book in the series but had no trouble catching on. I fully intend to read the first book, then probably reread this one.Thompson has crafted a view of society in the 1920s where con artist, Elizabeth Miles, is trying to make her mark. She's just broken up with her fiance and is secretly engaged to Gideon Bates - a man she truly loves. Gideon's mother (Elizabeth met her in the first book during a suffragist demonstration) adores her and is helping to navigate the maze of society.. Elizabeth and the Bateses come to the aid of Priscilla Knight, a young widow with two small children who has found herself widowed again, and penniless.Elizabeth must draw on her special skills to help Priscilla discover what happened to the money, how Priscilla found herself married to a second man, and what exactly is going on with the Pastor and his wife - all while following the etiquette guidelines set forth by Mrs. Edith B. Ordway in her tome The Etiquette of Today. City of Secrets was a delightful read. The characters are very well-developed and the dialog is excellent and often really funny. Thompson manages to convey the societal strictures of the 20's as well as the freedom that is slowly approaching as women lobby furiously for the right to vote. There are so many characters, Jake and the Old Man, Daisy and Paster Honesdale, Elizabeth's grifter family. I don't want to give anything away, just read it! I can't wait for the next book in the series!!
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  • viktoria
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC (Thanks, Netgalley!), which doesn't sway my opinion, & etc.I've been meaning to read Victoria Thompson for ages; I recommend her Gaslight all the time for historical fiction mystery readers at work, despite never having read her myself, and when I read the premise for the Counterfeit Lady series, I perked up immediately. Cons? Suffragettes? 1920s New York? Con ladies? Sharp lawyers? So many of my favorite things! Book #1 charmed me thoroughly. I literally fi Disclaimer: I received a free ARC (Thanks, Netgalley!), which doesn't sway my opinion, & etc.I've been meaning to read Victoria Thompson for ages; I recommend her Gaslight all the time for historical fiction mystery readers at work, despite never having read her myself, and when I read the premise for the Counterfeit Lady series, I perked up immediately. Cons? Suffragettes? 1920s New York? Con ladies? Sharp lawyers? So many of my favorite things! Book #1 charmed me thoroughly. I literally finished the book, put down my Kindle, and grabbed my phone on my way to take the dog outside to see about acquiring the second one, because I wasn't sure if I'd be in the window for getting the ARC. Thankfully, I did and Netgalley provided. (Allll the hearts.)That being said, #2 was lovely and wonderful and the charm still holds, but it's playing the long game—because of that, I think some of the charisma of the Book #1 isn't as potent here. Yet it's a totally necessary character study for the series to propel forward, especially when you're talking about a Beguiling but Reformed Con Woman and a The Most Honorable and Adores Her Lawyer. Pros: Excellent plot, the CONS!, still an amazing concept, more side characters, interesting character growth.Cons: Series builder-y, less atmosphere and magnetism than the first. tl;dr: When does #3 come out?
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.Writing: 3 Plot: 4 Characters: 3.5A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery by the author of the Gaslight series. The second in the Counterfeit Lady series (I seem to have missed the first), this series centers on Elizabeth Miles, a “reformed” grifter who is making her way in New York polite society in the 1920s. In this episode, she is moved to help Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.Writing: 3 Plot: 4 Characters: 3.5A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery by the author of the Gaslight series. The second in the Counterfeit Lady series (I seem to have missed the first), this series centers on Elizabeth Miles, a “reformed” grifter who is making her way in New York polite society in the 1920s. In this episode, she is moved to help a new friend who was twice widowed and found herself penniless — her second husband having managed to go through all of her money as well as his own in a short amount of time. The plot twists in fun and surprising ways, leveraging an eclectic set of characters including ministers who are not what they seem, society matrons, and Elizabeth’s slightly unsavory (but utterly charming and oddly moral) pals from her grifting days. Nice historical touches covering the suffragist movement (not suffragette which they find demeaning), the social rules of etiquette as extracted from Mrs. Edith B. Ordway’s The Etiquette of Today, and the origin of safe deposit boxes. Interesting discussions on the rules of law, the roots of civilization, and how to determine what is morally appropriate in a situation.Great read!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Grifting, blackmail, murder, robbing a motherwith two children, prostitution plus more makefor an exciting, well written, well plotted story.The story is set in the 1920s. Elizabeth Milesis a con artist who is in the process of reforming her ways. She is trying to do this due to herrelationship with the uptight, upright lawyer.....Gideon Bates. Elizabeth is also trying to learnand live life according to society’s rules ofetiquette.Elizabeth meets Priscilla Knight, a two timewidow with two young Grifting, blackmail, murder, robbing a motherwith two children, prostitution plus more makefor an exciting, well written, well plotted story.The story is set in the 1920s. Elizabeth Milesis a con artist who is in the process of reforming her ways. She is trying to do this due to herrelationship with the uptight, upright lawyer.....Gideon Bates. Elizabeth is also trying to learnand live life according to society’s rules ofetiquette.Elizabeth meets Priscilla Knight, a two timewidow with two young children. Helping Priscillaby reviewing her husbands finances, Elizabeth discovers a scam has happened to the widow.This scam has left her penniless. After discovering the scam, Elizabeth starts toinvestigate. Seems blackmail and murder havehappened by how will Elizabeth help get moneyback for the widow. It is necessary for a con artistto outsmart the murderer and scam artist.This is a fun, entertaining, interesting and intriguing read filled with deadly secrets.Although this is book # 2 of the Counterfeit LadyMystery series, it can be read as a stand alone.The author mixed the past and present together effortlessly so the characters are easy to get toknow.I volunteered to read City of Secrets. Thanks toPenguin’s First-to-Read fit the opportunity. Myopinion is my own.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    This review is of an ARC won in a Goodreads Giveaway.So much more fun than the first book in the series, which was front-heavy on the historical detail/setting. Having established all that in book one, book two dives right into the mystery and charms the reader with the interplay among the diverse characters. There are the old-money families Elizabeth Miles is trying to fit in among, the new money up-and-comers she meets, and the family of grifters she was raised among. Of course her fiance Gide This review is of an ARC won in a Goodreads Giveaway.So much more fun than the first book in the series, which was front-heavy on the historical detail/setting. Having established all that in book one, book two dives right into the mystery and charms the reader with the interplay among the diverse characters. There are the old-money families Elizabeth Miles is trying to fit in among, the new money up-and-comers she meets, and the family of grifters she was raised among. Of course her fiance Gideon Bates is a staunchly upright lawyer who doesn't want her pulling any more 'jobs' like the one that nearly got her killed in book one. He's a traditionalist, but her independence and intelligence, plus his own mother's women's rights activism, is slowly opening him up to the possibility women might be just as capable as men. In addition, he's learning that justice, as he sees it, doesn't always work out as well for women as it does for men. Their debate over justice and how to achieve it forms the central conflict as both try to help a young widow reclaim an inheritance. The villains are clear, but the means to bring them to justice are as cleverly convoluted as in "The Sting," as both Elizabeth and Gideon work their own resources, each trying to prove her/his way is best. As with all good romances, though, teamwork is the literal and figurative key.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This was good, but not as enjoyable as City of Lies (the first book in the series). It was a bit of a slow read because there was a lot of repetition and the focus was exclusively on the mystery, unlike the last one which delved into the Women's Suffrage movement and more details of historical New York and DC. Here, the mystery revolves around a widow in Gideon's church who Elizabeth befriends. The widow was left destitute by her second husband - who she barely knew when she married at the insis This was good, but not as enjoyable as City of Lies (the first book in the series). It was a bit of a slow read because there was a lot of repetition and the focus was exclusively on the mystery, unlike the last one which delved into the Women's Suffrage movement and more details of historical New York and DC. Here, the mystery revolves around a widow in Gideon's church who Elizabeth befriends. The widow was left destitute by her second husband - who she barely knew when she married at the insistence of her clergy and his wife. As Elizabeth and Gideon investigate how her money could have disappeared, they realize that her second husband was involved in some nefarious business, including potentially the demise of the widow's first husband. Elizabeth's friend Anna makes only a few appearances, though we do get to see more of Elizabeth's father, as well as her aunts and their literary circle. Gideon and Elizabeth understandably have a lot to work out between them despite their love for each other. They come from different backgrounds and have very different views of the world. Through their investigation they debate the importance of morality and justice and what is permitted to achieve those ends. It will never be smooth sailing for them, but at least they are willing to work on it.Thank you to the Penguin/Berkley First To Read program for providing an ARC for review!
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I might categorize this as a 'cozy historical mystery', the 2nd in a series. I haven't read the 1st, so had a bit of a time falling in with the continuing characters...reading the 1st might help with that? I thought the book stated kind of slow, maybe just because I was trying to figure out the characters? Once I got past that, the story picked up for me & I started enjoying it more....by the end, I was quite enjoying it, & even offered a chuckle out loud when realizing some of the trick I might categorize this as a 'cozy historical mystery', the 2nd in a series. I haven't read the 1st, so had a bit of a time falling in with the continuing characters...reading the 1st might help with that? I thought the book stated kind of slow, maybe just because I was trying to figure out the characters? Once I got past that, the story picked up for me & I started enjoying it more....by the end, I was quite enjoying it, & even offered a chuckle out loud when realizing some of the tricky moves being played! V. Thompson is already a noted author of historical fiction, with another successful series that I also enjoy...so I hope this series can hold it's own too. This one takes place in the 1920's in NYC & follows a young woman & her exploits, having been raised as a 'grifter'. I especially like at the end, the 'author's note' tells of the real historical aspects of this story. I will look up the 1st book in this series & read it, & will watch for the 3rd too! I'd recommend it for anyone who might like a 'nice, easy historical fiction.' Maybe a 3.5 in rating might actually be more accurate!I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read giveaway program, in return for reading & offering my own honest review.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second book in a series, and the story here picks right up where the first book, City of Lies, ended. The mystery that the characters deal with here is completely new and separate from that they faced in the first book, and I suppose you could read this one without reading the first, but I think you would miss out on a lot of important background about the characters and their relationships. Besides: the previous book is a lot of fun, so go read that f I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second book in a series, and the story here picks right up where the first book, City of Lies, ended. The mystery that the characters deal with here is completely new and separate from that they faced in the first book, and I suppose you could read this one without reading the first, but I think you would miss out on a lot of important background about the characters and their relationships. Besides: the previous book is a lot of fun, so go read that first!. Ok, with that out of the way, let's look at City of Secrets. Elizabeth Miles is a con artist, but because of her relationship with upright lawyer Gideon, she seems to be reforming her ways. She is spending time with Gideon's New York society family, and befriends Priscilla Knight, a widow who is part of their circle of society friends. As she gets to know Priscilla, Elizabeth learns that the other woman's husbands (both of them!) died under strange circumstances, and somehow the widow and her daughters have been left penniless. With her grifter background, Elizabeth is understandably suspicious, but the situation gets even messier and nastier than she feared. Elizabeth wants to use her skills to help Priscilla, but Gideon would prefer to pursue legal avenues. I really enjoyed the mystery here, and I liked seeing how Elizabeth and Gideon deal with the conflicts in their philosophies. The author does a great job providing historical detail to set the stage for the story, and the characters are very nicely realized. I would have liked to spend more time with Gideon's mother and Elizabeth's father in this book--I like those characters very much!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.City of Secrets is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series. Grifting, blackmail, murder, and brothels make for an interesting historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a reformed grifter, while her betrothed, Gideon, is a by the law attorney, who sees things as simply black and white. Will their opposing perspectives be the end of their engagemen Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.City of Secrets is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series. Grifting, blackmail, murder, and brothels make for an interesting historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a reformed grifter, while her betrothed, Gideon, is a by the law attorney, who sees things as simply black and white. Will their opposing perspectives be the end of their engagement as they seek answers to Priscilla Jenks Knight's sudden misfortune? The stories within the story begin to unravel when the pastor's wife is revealed to be a former madam, and the pastor has a questionable appetite for a man of the cloth. Elizabeth seeks to get Priscilla's monies back, but first she has to prove that the Pastor and his wife are behind the blackmail scheme.With the help of her grifting family, an unlikely ally in the mix, and Gideon's legal advice, Elizabeth is determined to reveal some dirty secrets and get justice.I look forward to reading more by Victoria Thompson.
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  • Stephanie Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first experience reading a book by this particular author, although from what I have heard all her books are terrific. I have to add this one to the list of great books, because I found the whole book rather amusing and fun to read. The book follows a woman, Elizabeth Miles, who is working to navigate society and fit in during the 1920's. This is the time period when woman were trying to fight for equal rights, but they were still looked at as just "wife/mother" material. This qas not This is my first experience reading a book by this particular author, although from what I have heard all her books are terrific. I have to add this one to the list of great books, because I found the whole book rather amusing and fun to read. The book follows a woman, Elizabeth Miles, who is working to navigate society and fit in during the 1920's. This is the time period when woman were trying to fight for equal rights, but they were still looked at as just "wife/mother" material. This qas not Elizabeth's way, as she was raised by a con man father when her mother passed away, so she was always taught how to take care of herself. This is good and bad for her. Elizabeth ends up meeting a man, Gideon Bates, and falls in love with him. Now she is working to fit into his society, which is not an easy task, especially for her! Thankfully he accepts who she is, and they even begin to work together, using her background, to solve some financial problems for a widow who attends Gideon's church. The book was a quick read, and I liked the story quite a bit. I never got bored of reading the next part of their story!
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  • Carlie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed City of Secrets. I read the first book in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Lies , also via First to Read, and this book begins pretty much where that first book left off. The mystery surrounding Priscilla was interesting, and though you have a clue as to who the villains are right from the start, how everything came together in the end was not overly predictable. I like the characters, and I think the relationship between Elizabeth and Gideon is really sweet (though they ca I really enjoyed City of Secrets. I read the first book in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Lies , also via First to Read, and this book begins pretty much where that first book left off. The mystery surrounding Priscilla was interesting, and though you have a clue as to who the villains are right from the start, how everything came together in the end was not overly predictable. I like the characters, and I think the relationship between Elizabeth and Gideon is really sweet (though they can both be annoyingly stubborn at times). It's also interesting to see Elizabeth's efforts to fit into "polite society" while still maintaining who she is as a person. Gideon's very black-and-white view of the world starts to change a bit in this installment, and I'm looking forward to seeing whether that continues. All in all, this was a really great addition to the series, and I'll definitely be looking out for the next Counterfeit Lady book. Thanks to First to Read for the advance copy.
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  • Elaine -
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second novel in the Counterfeit Lady series. I really think you need to read the first novel in the series in order to understand some of the references and relationships in this book. It's good too, so don't skip it.I really liked this book! It's a fun mystery set in the Victorian era. Elizabeth has been trained by her father to be a con artist, but now she is trying to clean up her act in order to fit into high society. When Elizabeth learns that her friend's husband who recently p This is the second novel in the Counterfeit Lady series. I really think you need to read the first novel in the series in order to understand some of the references and relationships in this book. It's good too, so don't skip it.I really liked this book! It's a fun mystery set in the Victorian era. Elizabeth has been trained by her father to be a con artist, but now she is trying to clean up her act in order to fit into high society. When Elizabeth learns that her friend's husband who recently passed away drained their bank accounts and left her and her daughters penniless Elizabeth feels it's her duty to step in and help. Elizabeth's fiancé Gideon helps her until they reach a moral impasse on what Elizabeth wants to do and what Gideon feels is correct. Elizabeth begins to believe that she will never fit into high society if it means not being able to help her friends and live an independent life. The last few chapters are page turners! I wasn't sure how Elizabeth was going to con blackmailers or whether she and Gideon's relationship would make it out of this con alive.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This 1910s murder mystery is the tale of Miss Elizabeth Miles, a new initiate into the high society of New York. Upon the mysterious death of the husband of her friend Priscilla, she discovers that her friends has been left penniless, though she ought to have been left rather well off.Elizabeth works together with her friend Gideon in a world somewhere between churches and brothels to figure out what happened to the money, and if it is possible to get it back into Priscilla’s hands. And yes, the This 1910s murder mystery is the tale of Miss Elizabeth Miles, a new initiate into the high society of New York. Upon the mysterious death of the husband of her friend Priscilla, she discovers that her friends has been left penniless, though she ought to have been left rather well off.Elizabeth works together with her friend Gideon in a world somewhere between churches and brothels to figure out what happened to the money, and if it is possible to get it back into Priscilla’s hands. And yes, there is romance.This is the second book in this mystery series, and there are several allusions to the first. If you haven’t read the first one, the book really starts making sense into the second quarter. If you have, I believe it to be a sensible continuation. I would read it again, and am already looking forward to seeing how this series progresses.Thanks to Victoria Thompson and Penguin Random House for letting me read this prior to release in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amber Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the series and quite enjoyable. It made me want to curl up in front of a cozy fire with a hot mug of tea as I read through the mystery. Despite not reading the first in the series it was easy to jump right into the book and not feel lost. The characters were developed enough that you got a sense of knowing who they are just from this book without feeling like you had to have read the first book but gave you a taste of what you had missed and makes me want to go back an This is the second book in the series and quite enjoyable. It made me want to curl up in front of a cozy fire with a hot mug of tea as I read through the mystery. Despite not reading the first in the series it was easy to jump right into the book and not feel lost. The characters were developed enough that you got a sense of knowing who they are just from this book without feeling like you had to have read the first book but gave you a taste of what you had missed and makes me want to go back and read the first in the series. It's a fun little mystery with not too many unexpected twists, you can figure out most of it from the beginning or at least before they reveal it. However, if you're just looking for something fun and light to read this definitely at the top of my list.I received an e-ARC as part of the First to Read program in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    We are always on the search for new Historical Fiction and enticing novels for our patrons to love and read. City of Secrets had it all, drama mixed with politics is a extravagant reading combination. Each chapter is a new twist and turn as Elizabeth takes on the journey of getting her life in order even if it means defying all the political rules and challenging them to have some justice. Elizabeth will stop at nothing to get what she wants even if it means putting her past at risk and exposing We are always on the search for new Historical Fiction and enticing novels for our patrons to love and read. City of Secrets had it all, drama mixed with politics is a extravagant reading combination. Each chapter is a new twist and turn as Elizabeth takes on the journey of getting her life in order even if it means defying all the political rules and challenging them to have some justice. Elizabeth will stop at nothing to get what she wants even if it means putting her past at risk and exposing herself to society.Thank you Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. We will definitely consider this title for our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    A very smart followup to the first book in the series, City of Lies.It's amazing to see how Thompson builds up the plot and weaves a complicated web that ends up making perfect sense and being quite a caper for Elizabeth and company. The character relationships and interactions really shine here, being the bones from which the impressive body of the mystery emerge. I loved seeing how Elizabeth and Gideon try to find the middle ground in their way of thinking and theirs is only one of the many co A very smart followup to the first book in the series, City of Lies.It's amazing to see how Thompson builds up the plot and weaves a complicated web that ends up making perfect sense and being quite a caper for Elizabeth and company. The character relationships and interactions really shine here, being the bones from which the impressive body of the mystery emerge. I loved seeing how Elizabeth and Gideon try to find the middle ground in their way of thinking and theirs is only one of the many complicated connections that end up making the plot so juicy.Overall, this is a whipsmart historical thriller with lovely romantic undertones and great writing. Definitely worth a read.
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  • Dorothy
    January 1, 1970
    I won a ARC of the book. This is the second book in the series A counterfeit lady novels. I am a big fan of historical novels with strong women characters so I really liked the book. You do not have to read the first novel in the series to be able to follow the plot line but the characters do talk about what happen previously and that really makes me want to read the first book. I am not a fan of romance novels and this book did have some romance aspects to the story line other wise I probably w I won a ARC of the book. This is the second book in the series A counterfeit lady novels. I am a big fan of historical novels with strong women characters so I really liked the book. You do not have to read the first novel in the series to be able to follow the plot line but the characters do talk about what happen previously and that really makes me want to read the first book. I am not a fan of romance novels and this book did have some romance aspects to the story line other wise I probably would have given it a higher rating.If you like historical mystery with a little romance this book is for you.
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  • Courtney Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of those books I didn't think I would like ... then I did!I enjoyed the no nonsense writing style. It was very interesting. The entire story felt like it was being told through conversations/dialogue. There were a paragraph here and there for descriptions and to keep the plot moving when necessary - otherwise you were reading witty dialogue between the characters. I did not read the first book and although I'd recommend reading the first before diving into "Counterfeit Lady, #2" I d This was one of those books I didn't think I would like ... then I did!I enjoyed the no nonsense writing style. It was very interesting. The entire story felt like it was being told through conversations/dialogue. There were a paragraph here and there for descriptions and to keep the plot moving when necessary - otherwise you were reading witty dialogue between the characters. I did not read the first book and although I'd recommend reading the first before diving into "Counterfeit Lady, #2" I don't think it's necessary. I was able to follow along and pick up where #1 left off. Overall - very suprisingly, lovely read!** Received advanaced copy from Goodreads Giveaway **
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    This relatively new series from Victoria Thompson has many of the qualities that have worked successfully in the Gaslight Series. Intriguing mysteries, fascinating historical setting, strong characters with different life experiences, a teamwork component to crime-solving and a happy ending. I still need to read the first installment of the Counterfeit Lady series, but from what I have learned in Book 2 it will be an entertaining read.Thank you to Berkley Prime Crime and NetGalley for a digital This relatively new series from Victoria Thompson has many of the qualities that have worked successfully in the Gaslight Series. Intriguing mysteries, fascinating historical setting, strong characters with different life experiences, a teamwork component to crime-solving and a happy ending. I still need to read the first installment of the Counterfeit Lady series, but from what I have learned in Book 2 it will be an entertaining read.Thank you to Berkley Prime Crime and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this new mystery in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nancy Shepherd
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance, it looked like a book that I would pass along to someone else, perhaps a friend who likes sappy stories. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The characters are real...a lawyer, his fiance,who is a reformed grifter, a questionable minister and his even more unsavory wife. Throw in a few other questionable types, and you have a story to keep you turning pages! I received this book free through HERStory Sweeps, courtesy of Pengu I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance, it looked like a book that I would pass along to someone else, perhaps a friend who likes sappy stories. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The characters are real...a lawyer, his fiance,who is a reformed grifter, a questionable minister and his even more unsavory wife. Throw in a few other questionable types, and you have a story to keep you turning pages! I received this book free through HERStory Sweeps, courtesy of Penguin Random House.
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  • Maggies Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been enjoying Victoria Thompson's novels for several years now, and she never fails to provide an exceptional piece of writing. In this series, we are introduced to a young woman, raised by her father who taught her the fine art of grifting. With the help of her fiance who is an upstanding gentleman that prides himself on his honesty must learn to make exceptions to solve the murder and theft of a widows lives savings. Victoria Thompson has developed good solid characters that are genuine I have been enjoying Victoria Thompson's novels for several years now, and she never fails to provide an exceptional piece of writing. In this series, we are introduced to a young woman, raised by her father who taught her the fine art of grifting. With the help of her fiance who is an upstanding gentleman that prides himself on his honesty must learn to make exceptions to solve the murder and theft of a widows lives savings. Victoria Thompson has developed good solid characters that are genuinely everyday heroes and some dastardly villains that deserve their final punishments. With her vast knowledge of the historical facts during the early 1900th century, she sets the scene with historical events. Always a pleasure to read her books. “Because sometimes you have to do something bad to do something good.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Complete Fairy Tales
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this second entry in the Counterfeit Lady series more than the first. Elizabeth and Gideon's relationship was interesting, as was the crime they were investigating. I thought the plot moved along nicely and all the loose ends were tied up well.Thank you to Penguin's First to Read for an advance reading copy.
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  • Patricia Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed all of the author’s Gaslight Mysteries and now I am enjoying her Counterfeit Lady series. The confrontations between Lizzie, the con artist, and her finance were amusing. I found it fascinating how both families worked together to find a grift to help a friend and to be honest about it.I have received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for a honest review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first book I've read in the Counterfeit series. I did not read the first book, and aside from a couple of references to the first book, this book was not hard to follow. It took me awhile to figure out the cast of characters but once the book got going, it was hard to put down. The main character, Elizabeth Miles, is a con artist that would like to try to live a normal life, hopefully with her fiance, Gideon Bates. Elizabeth get I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first book I've read in the Counterfeit series. I did not read the first book, and aside from a couple of references to the first book, this book was not hard to follow. It took me awhile to figure out the cast of characters but once the book got going, it was hard to put down. The main character, Elizabeth Miles, is a con artist that would like to try to live a normal life, hopefully with her fiance, Gideon Bates. Elizabeth gets involved with a woman she meets through Gideon's mother. The woman, Priscilla, was recently widowed when a pastor and his wife introduced her to Endicott Knight. Shortly after they are married, Endicott dies in a tragic accident. After his death, Priscilla, learns that the money left to her by her first husband is all gone. There are many twists and turns as the story evolves. Elizabeth wants to get to the bottom of the deaths and find out why Priscilla's money is almost gone.
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