From the national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries comes the first Counterfeit Lady novel—the intriguing start of a historical mystery series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles.
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, Gideon, is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. Elizabeth knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time, 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.
About the Author
Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries as well as numerous historical novels.
Praise for City of Lies
“A new, compelling and very different heroine.”—New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen
“TANTALIZING.”—Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“With vivid character mannerisms, heavy historical influence and just the right amount of romance, Thompson has created an extraordinary foundation for a series."—RT Book Review
“[A] winning series launch…sprightly romance, clever dialogue, and authentic historical details are a plus.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Sure to delight fans of history and suspense, City of Lies will have readers rooting for its resourceful heroine.”—D. E. Ireland, author of the Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mysteries
“Fast paced and intriguing.”—Nancy Herriman, author of the A Mystery of Old San Francisco series
“Suspenseful and delightful…A riveting historical page-turner that engaged me at every step.”—National bestselling author Edith Maxwell
“I loved this heroine! Elizabeth is a woman of her time yet timeless in spirit.”—Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport Mysteries
“This is how to start a series! Thompson brings an irresistible heroine onstage, backs her up with a terrific cast of sidekicks and delivers a rattling good plot.”—Catriona McPherson, author of the multi-award-winning Dandy Gilver Mysteries
“Victoria Thompson SHINES…Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans, rejoice!”—Tamar Myers, national bestselling author
“Completely captivating! Clever, engaging and romantic, this unlikely heroine will have you cheering her courage—and eagerly awaiting her next adventure. Loved it.”—Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan
“Victoria Thompson gives us a fresh new series. City of Lies is the real deal…You’ll love it.”—Elaine Viets, author of Fire and Ashes
“Strong, smart and savvy, this counterfeit lady is a grifter with a heart of gold, and I look forward to her next adventure!”—Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory Ames Mysteries
Praise for the Edgar® and Agatha award-nominated Gaslight Mysteries:
“WITH WRITING THIS GOOD, I would recommend not missing a single Thompson tale.”—Suspense Magazine
“REWARDING reading to fans of Rhys Bowen and Cordelia Frances Biddle.”—Library Journal
“GANGS OF NEW YORK, EAT YOUR HEART OUT—this book is the real thing.”