City of Secrets
A Counterfeit Lady Novel by Victoria Thompson, Book #2
Sue Grafton Memorial Award Finalist
“A suspenseful and twisty story guaranteed to bate breaths and engage readers until the wee hours.” –Booklist
City of Secrets Synopsis
Elizabeth Miles knows that honesty isn’t always the best policy when it comes to finding justice.
Elizabeth has discovered that navigating the rules of high society is the biggest con of all. She knows she can play the game, but so far, her only success is Priscilla Knight, a dedicated young suffragist recently widowed for the second time. Her beloved first husband died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters—and a sizable fortune. While she was lost in grief, her pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her and engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Now, less than nine months later, Endicott is dead in what appears to be another terrible accident.
Everyone is whispering, but Priscilla confides to Elizabeth that’s the least of her troubles. She’d believed Endicott was wealthy, too, but her banker is telling her she has no money left and that her house has been mortgaged. He’s also hinted at a terrible scandal and refuses to help. Priscilla doesn’t know where to turn.
Priscilla stands to lose everything and Elizabeth is determined not to let that happen; but as always, Elizabeth walks a fine line between using her unusual talents and revealing her own scandalous past. Elizabeth soon discovers that Endicott’s death was anything but accidental and that revealing the truth could threaten much more than Priscilla’s finances. To save her new friend’s future—and possibly her own—Elizabeth, along with her honest-to-a fault beau Gideon, delves into the sinister secrets someone would kill to keep.
Praise for City of Secrets
“Thompson successfully combines an intriguing mystery with social commentary.” –Publishers Weekly
“Victoria Thompson has concocted a delightful romantic mystery based on the morals and behavior of pre-WWII New York’s high society, somewhat like the novels of Edith Wharton or Henry James… The sophisticated dialogue between the ladies, and particularly the discussions between Elizabeth and Gideon on legal and ethical matters, are a delight to read.” –Historical Novel Society
“City of Secrets is a sheer delight of a novel, written with such verve and wit and heart that I didn’t want it to end and can’t wait to read more!” –Criminal Element
“If you are looking for a different mystery series, this is a series you need to read. City of Secrets will keep you awake turning pages to find out if Elizabeth can succeed.” –Carstairs Considers
“I absolutely loved Elizabeth’s complex character… Every character is wonderful, the writing is smart, and I loved City of Secrets from start to finish.” –Tar Heel Reader
“Victoria Thompson is a sure thing when you’re looking for some witty and delicious historical fiction. Her characters are authentic and strong, and she always has some bada** leading ladies who can hold their own…” –The Book Collective
“This book is the best sort of historical fiction, in my opinion—a story that could happen in any time period, but is carefully tailored for the period it resides in… I couldn’t put it down—I had to know what would happen!” –PhiDiva
“Elizabeth Miles was my favorite character… a wonderful cast, a perfectly constructed story and writing that makes you want to come back for more!… If you’re looking for a change of pace and enjoy historical mysteries, this one is a solid winner! ” –Dressed to Read
PUBLISHER: Berkley Prime Crime
DATE PUBLISHED: November 13, 2018
SERIES: Counterfeit Lady Novels, Book 2
FORMATS: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio Book
ISBN-10: 0451491610 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0451491619 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0451491629 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0451491626 (Paperback)