City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)
Elizabeth Miles finds herself in a position no con can help her escape. Her beloved fiancé, Gideon Bates, is awaiting his turn in the draft to fight in the Great War. Elizabeth is finding it hard to think of anything else, but Gideon has thrown himself into his work, preparing wills for soldiers before they ship out. Corporal Tom Preston is part owner of Preston Shoes, a company that is making footwear for the army, so he has a rather large estate. He needs a new will, however, because he has just been secretly married to a woman whom his family would never approve. He wants to make sure she and their unborn child are provided for if he does not return. When Tom is later reported killed, Elizabeth and Gideon learn that the new will has gone missing after Tom's bride revealed her identity to his family. Unless the new will is found and validated, the original will, which leaves everything to Tom's brother, will prevail and the wife and child will get nothing. If Tom's new bride survives, that is. Some terrible threats have been leveled against her, and Elizabeth and Gideon must figure out a way, legal or not quite, to secure Tom's fortune for his wife and child while saving her life in the process.

City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3) Details

TitleCity of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984805652
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Historical Mystery

City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3) Review

  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    It’s the fall of 1918, and the draft age for World War I has been increased, upsetting Elizabeth Miles since her fiance, Gideon Bates, has been drafted. Gideon is focusing his last few weeks as a civilian on drafting wills for soldiers. Most of them are, but one of the exceptions is Tom Preston, part owner of Preston Shoes, which has made a fortune providing shoes to the soldiers. Tom wants a new will leaving his share of the family business to his new wife and their unborn child – a wife the It’s the fall of 1918, and the draft age for World War I has been increased, upsetting Elizabeth Miles since her fiance, Gideon Bates, has been drafted. Gideon is focusing his last few weeks as a civilian on drafting wills for soldiers. Most of them are, but one of the exceptions is Tom Preston, part owner of Preston Shoes, which has made a fortune providing shoes to the soldiers. Tom wants a new will leaving his share of the family business to his new wife and their unborn child – a wife the rest of his family knows nothing about. When word comes back that Tom has died, this new will goes missing, and his family doesn’t want to acknowledge his widow. Elizabeth is quick to jump in, getting her family, all conmen, to come up with a scheme to get this war widow the money she should have inherited. But what complications might there be along the way?Yes, there are complications. We wouldn’t have much of a novel without them. It would have been nice if they are started a little sooner, but that’s a minor complaint. I was hooked the entire time, and it only became harder to put the book down the further I got into it. History came alive, and I felt like I was part of what was happening in the New York City area during this time. It helps that the characters are extremely strong. Through them, I came to care about the plot and the history that was unfolding around us. Yes, I felt that welcomed into the world that I was actually part of what was happening on the page. If you aren’t taking these trips back in time, you need to do so today.NOTE: I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    I have learn of things that happened during the World War that I didn't know to my knowledge we didn't have The American Protective League in WW TWO. It seems those of German descent were treated similar to the Japanese during the second war. The flu of 1918 was a world problem as it spread every where and many dropped dead where ever they were.. Gideon has it and Elizabeth and his Mother work together to pull him through it. This is the 3rd installment of the Counterfeit Lady series.Gideon I have learn of things that happened during the World War that I didn't know to my knowledge we didn't have The American Protective League in WW TWO. It seems those of German descent were treated similar to the Japanese during the second war. The flu of 1918 was a world problem as it spread every where and many dropped dead where ever they were.. Gideon has it and Elizabeth and his Mother work together to pull him through it. This is the 3rd installment of the Counterfeit Lady series.Gideon Bates awaiting his call up is writing wills for the soldiers before they are shipped overseas. He writes a will for Tom, a partial owner of a shoe factory. Tom's brother and stepmother do not approve of his wife. When Tom is reported dead, his brother steals the original will leaving the only will left that leaves every thing to his brother. He removed all the money from Tom's bank, this leaves the widow and unborn child penniless. The World War I is about over, but an another draft is possible, age limit has been raised and Gideon Bates is awaiting is his call up. Elizabeth's family decides to do a con that will recover the stolen money. The twist and turns the con takes will your amuse and hold your attention. The ending is a surprise. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.Disclosure: Thanks to Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Julianne Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the setting and plot of this mystery. Elizabeth and Gideon were interesting and well-written characters. I loved all of the historical details woven throughout, and the author did a particularly good job of portraying how the flu epidemic rampaged the city. The mystery part was well-plotted and solidly executed. I can’t wait for the next one in the series! I do recommend reading this series in order, so plenty of time to catch up before this one releases on November 5, 2019! I really enjoyed the setting and plot of this mystery. Elizabeth and Gideon were interesting and well-written characters. I loved all of the historical details woven throughout, and the author did a particularly good job of portraying how the flu epidemic rampaged the city. The mystery part was well-plotted and solidly executed. I can’t wait for the next one in the series! I do recommend reading this series in order, so plenty of time to catch up before this one releases on November 5, 2019!Thank you Berkeley and Netgalley for a free digital copy!
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Writing: 3 Plot: 3.5 Character: 4Another fun historical mystery in Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. This episode is set in New York amid the American Protective League, the dollar-a-year men, and the women’s suffrage movement of the late WWI years. Elizabeth Miles — our “reformed” grifter engaged to strait-laced lawyer Gideon Bates — applies her “arts” to the case of a war widow whose husband’s greedy family is trying to cut her off without a cent. Elizabeth’s rakish relations are brought in Writing: 3 Plot: 3.5 Character: 4Another fun historical mystery in Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. This episode is set in New York amid the American Protective League, the dollar-a-year men, and the women’s suffrage movement of the late WWI years. Elizabeth Miles — our “reformed” grifter engaged to strait-laced lawyer Gideon Bates — applies her “arts” to the case of a war widow whose husband’s greedy family is trying to cut her off without a cent. Elizabeth’s rakish relations are brought in to run the con, donating a portion of their take to the widow. A definite cozy, the historical detail and appealing characters make this an enjoyable read. A nice new series from the author of the Gaslight Mysteries (which I loved but have definitely run their course).Thank you to Berkley Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on November 5th, 2019.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This series continues to be particularly excellent. Victoria Thompson knows the time period well, and this time the story includes Gideon's imminent draft into World War I, as well as the 1918 influenza pandemic (if you read this, the streetcar scene!!). I have to be honest, I'm not sure I totally understood how the con in this story was going to work (too much back and forth about money passing hands for me to Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This series continues to be particularly excellent. Victoria Thompson knows the time period well, and this time the story includes Gideon's imminent draft into World War I, as well as the 1918 influenza pandemic (if you read this, the streetcar scene!!). I have to be honest, I'm not sure I totally understood how the con in this story was going to work (too much back and forth about money passing hands for me to keep track of), but I liked the story and appreciate Elizabeth continuing to combine her family's skills as grifters with her desire to help people (and let greedy businessmen be conned). This was a fast paced historical fiction- though this series is definitely best if read in order!
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 3.5 stars. Review to come at AAR.
  • Sapphyria
    January 1, 1970
    City of Scoundrels is the third book in the Counterfeit Lady series. This book continues through World War I and Elizabeth and Gideon are waiting for Gideon’s draft summons to fight. Both characters are anxious and Gideon’s too honorable to try to find a way to finagle his way out of his duty. While awaiting his turn, Gideon and the law firm for whom he works, are treating soldiers with kindness and preparing wills in case of the unfortunate actions of war. One will, in particular, is that of City of Scoundrels is the third book in the Counterfeit Lady series. This book continues through World War I and Elizabeth and Gideon are waiting for Gideon’s draft summons to fight. Both characters are anxious and Gideon’s too honorable to try to find a way to finagle his way out of his duty. While awaiting his turn, Gideon and the law firm for whom he works, are treating soldiers with kindness and preparing wills in case of the unfortunate actions of war. One will, in particular, is that of Tom Preston, an industrialist who co-owns a shoe factory with his brother and stepmother. Tom is recently married to a woman his family would never approve of, let alone support if something were to happen to him. He takes it upon himself to have a new will drawn up to supersede one his brother insisted upon not too much prior. After receiving word of Tom’s unfortunate death, Gideon learns Rose, Tom’s widow, is robbed of both the marriage certificate and the new will. She was also attacked in her own home. Fearing for her safety, Gideon involves Elizabeth to help keep Rose safe. Now, Gideon and Elizabeth must figure out who’s behind the theft and assault and Gideon must figure out how to help Rose secure the part of the shoe factory’s fortune Tom wanted her to have. Unfortunately, what Elizabeth and Gideon encounter goes further than Tom’s scandalous marriage to Rose. City of Scoundrels is my favorite book in the Counterfeit Lady series so far. Don’t get me wrong, the first two books are absolutely amazing, but City of Scoundrels has so many emotional moments, plot twists, and truly spectacular moments. The author did a wonderful job with this book in the series and I couldn’t put the book down. I love how the author weaves truly historic events into this series in such a way that I feel like I’m there. The character development continues, and I love the strength written into Elizabeth and Gideon. I highly recommend this series. I was given a hardcover copy of this book to read.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "City of Scoundrels" is a historical suspense set in October/November 1918 in New York City. This is the third book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous novels. The historical details were woven into the story to create a sense of the specific time and place as well as bring the story alive.Elizabeth is a reformed con artist engaged to marry an honorable lawyer who refuses to lie. He's also honorably willing to "City of Scoundrels" is a historical suspense set in October/November 1918 in New York City. This is the third book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous novels. The historical details were woven into the story to create a sense of the specific time and place as well as bring the story alive.Elizabeth is a reformed con artist engaged to marry an honorable lawyer who refuses to lie. He's also honorably willing to be drafted and go to war, which terrifies Elizabeth. But the 1918 Flu epidemic hit right as they're pulling their con, adding more suspense to the uncertainties involved in pulling off two complex cons. Her family sure enjoys conning rich, evil people and are starting to see the point of doing it to help women left poor through injustice. It was entertaining to guess just how the con was going to be pulled off. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this entertaining historical novel.I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    It was good to see Elizabeth and Gideon again. They are such oil and water but still make a great pair. This time it is the widow Rose who needs help and of course they have to put together a con to right a wrong. Both are taking on traits that belong to the other. Elizabeth a little more honest, Gideon a little less honest. This is a great story with danger, tension, and edge of your seat action. The widow Rose is a great new character and I hope she shows up in future stories. With book three It was good to see Elizabeth and Gideon again. They are such oil and water but still make a great pair. This time it is the widow Rose who needs help and of course they have to put together a con to right a wrong. Both are taking on traits that belong to the other. Elizabeth a little more honest, Gideon a little less honest. This is a great story with danger, tension, and edge of your seat action. The widow Rose is a great new character and I hope she shows up in future stories. With book three Counterfeit Lady is on track as a must follow mystery series. I love the historical events the author weaves into the story. Be sure to read the afterward to see what events really happened.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Another great entry in the series. I love how Thompson melds the talents of Elizabeth and Gideon, who on the surface possess very different value systems, yet together they are formidable in helping find justice for victims of unscrupulous but powerful people. In this book we learn about the home front during WWI, the Great War, which was also happening at the same time as the deadly Spanish Flu, the worst flu epidemic in history. Thompson manages to feed us history in delicious bites while her Another great entry in the series. I love how Thompson melds the talents of Elizabeth and Gideon, who on the surface possess very different value systems, yet together they are formidable in helping find justice for victims of unscrupulous but powerful people. In this book we learn about the home front during WWI, the Great War, which was also happening at the same time as the deadly Spanish Flu, the worst flu epidemic in history. Thompson manages to feed us history in delicious bites while her characters plot how to restore a war widow's legacy at the same time as taking down war profiteers. Those who enjoyed the TV series Leverage will delight in this series.
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  • Jennifer Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    Victoria Thompson is an author that I've never read before. But I had the opportunity to read her latest book thanks to Netgalley. I was interested in the subject matter(s) because they are all popular with the older generation of my library patrons. I found the story well written, and the characters had depth and heart. I can see that my patrons will relate to her as a woman from the WWI era. I do plan to purchase this book for our library collection. But, I feel that the the first two books Victoria Thompson is an author that I've never read before. But I had the opportunity to read her latest book thanks to Netgalley. I was interested in the subject matter(s) because they are all popular with the older generation of my library patrons. I found the story well written, and the characters had depth and heart. I can see that my patrons will relate to her as a woman from the WWI era. I do plan to purchase this book for our library collection. But, I feel that the the first two books must be read to really understand the background of the characters. They are like living people.... they have a past and to understand the present learning their past will be beneficial.
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  • Janis Rich
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Miles is waiting out the days tilher fiancé, Gideon Bates, will have to leave for the service in World War 1. In the meantime, Gideon, who is a lawyer, makes a will for another serviceman who is newly married. When the serviceman’s wife announces his death, Elizabeth and her con men relatives, come to the aid of the young widow.The story has lots of accurate information of the time period and lots of excitement in the plot.I found this a very enjoyable read and willlook forward to Elizabeth Miles is waiting out the days tilher fiancé, Gideon Bates, will have to leave for the service in World War 1. In the meantime, Gideon, who is a lawyer, makes a will for another serviceman who is newly married. When the serviceman’s wife announces his death, Elizabeth and her con men relatives, come to the aid of the young widow.The story has lots of accurate information of the time period and lots of excitement in the plot.I found this a very enjoyable read and willlook forward to reading more by this author.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much! Elizabeth is such a relatable character, and I love how she never lets anything get in her way. While her fiance would rather her quit her con-man family ways, she instead chooses to leverage it in order to get justice for other women. After a war widow goes to Gideon for legal advice, he directs her to Elizabeth and from there they try to get her the rightful inheritance from her husband. There is also a healthy amount of intrigue and espionage, as they stumble into I love this series so much! Elizabeth is such a relatable character, and I love how she never lets anything get in her way. While her fiance would rather her quit her con-man family ways, she instead chooses to leverage it in order to get justice for other women. After a war widow goes to Gideon for legal advice, he directs her to Elizabeth and from there they try to get her the rightful inheritance from her husband. There is also a healthy amount of intrigue and espionage, as they stumble into an intricate German spy ring. I love this series and can't wait for more adventures!
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Once again another good read from Ms. Thompson. I enjoy this series almost as much as her Gaslight series and I rarely read more than one series from an author. Gideon gets roped in again to help con some bad folks who are trying to cheat a war widow. The war and the flu are part of the setting. A great story on whether or not they will succeed in the con.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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  • PATRICE
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent addition to this series. Interesting characters, developing more with each new book. The story moves along with another great con, the background of WWI, and lots of information of the devastating flu epidemic of that time. Very well researched. I'm already looking forward to Counterfeit Lady #4 !!
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  • Elizabeth Dodd
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent offering in this series.An in-depth look at the time with aspects of WWI and the horrible flu epidemic.I find the cons fascinating. The details that go into them and the inevitable adjustments needed along the way are impressive.The ending had a double "happily ever after".
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Another really enjoyable addition to the series, as Elizabeth once again sets off on an adventure to help those who the law can't help. I liked the backdrop of the final months of World War I, and the outbreak of the Spanish Influenza in New York. You can tell the author does a lot of research so she can blend in facts about what life was like at the time.
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  • Sharon L
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining and Informative I enjoy this author and her writing style. I also enjoy the history lesson. Another good story with likable characters. Maybe the “widow” of this story should return in a future book to use some of her new fortune for a worthy cause. Seems appropriate.
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  • Brenda Freeman
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth and Gideon once again involve the Old Man in righting a wrong. In this case they are helping a war widow get her husbands inheritance from his brother. WWI is going on and the Influenzas of 1918 is killing lots of young people. Any book by Victoria Thompson is a winner.
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  • Nancy Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    Another great story in this series! I don't know how the characters keep the game(s) afoot and keep their heads straight - but more power to them. I love these books. Now... I have to wait for another to be published. They are truly great fun.
  • Larry Plemmons
    January 1, 1970
    This author just keeps on submitting to us outstanding stories about strong characters and how they work out their problems and help others. This book is no different in it's quality of story. I am impressed with this author and highly recommend her "Counterfeit Lady" novels.
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  • Sharon Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series . i hope there is more coming. Not to be a spoiler I hope that all of the characters enjoy major appearances in any future books to come from this author. I also love her Gaslight series as well.
  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    10/27/19 Moving tho not quite as good as its predecessor. Which is still pretty amazing tho! Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.
  • BonnieM☂️
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 star … This one was boring.
  • Joni Krantz
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book. It is a good read. Please read you won't be sorry.
  • Linda Millard
    January 1, 1970
    A compelling entry in the counterfeit lady series. So much going on with the war and the flu epidemic. Almost all good news at the end.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Best seriesI just love everything about this series.from the cons to the mystery, the history and the characters... They're so much fun.
  • Annette Meier
    January 1, 1970
    So much real history to make this story come alive. She wove enough humor into the dark seriousness of the era to lighten the mood.
  • Kiki Z
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why but I've never loved this series. The characters aren't appealing, the plots seem unnecessarily complicated, and the ending of this book wasn't good for me.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I received an electronic ARC free from Netgalley. I really like this series, but this one isn't my favorite. The ending felt a bit rushed and out of place with the rest of the book.
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