City of Secrets

City of Secrets

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 co...

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Title:City of Secrets
Author:Victoria Thompson
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City of Secrets Reviews

  • Betty

    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 book

    Elizabeth 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 book

    Elizabeth 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.

  • Holly  B

    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

    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 (

    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.

  • Melisa

    I am a huge Victoria Thompson fan, this is no secret! I even had the honor of meeting her a few months back (and I was a bit star struck and fangirly - see my blog post for photos!). I adore the Gaslight Mystery series (highly recommend if you enjoy a good mystery) and was so excited to begin reading the second book in her latest series.

    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 ha

    I am a huge Victoria Thompson fan, this is no secret! I even had the honor of meeting her a few months back (and I was a bit star struck and fangirly - see my blog post for photos!). I adore the Gaslight Mystery series (highly recommend if you enjoy a good mystery) and was so excited to begin reading the second book in her latest series.

    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 tough leading ladies who can hold their own. And I loved the ode to Downton Abbey with a few of the characters names.

    Thompson takes a turn from her usual whodunnit scenario in the Counterfeit Lady series, and leads us into the world of the “grifter” or the con artist. I loved the character of Elizabeth, and her witty dialogue. Along with Sarah Brandt from the Gaslight mysteries, she is another strong female lead in a time when women were still considered the “weaker” sex. Love me some tough, take no prisoners protagonists, thank you very much!

    An enjoyable story with a satisfying ending!

    This was a @6bookbesties group read and I’m so glad my fellow book friends got to experience this author for the first time! Thank you to Berkley for our advance copies. This book is now available!

    Be sure to check out the reviews from my @6bookbesties!: Jennifer, Berit, Holly and Mackenzie.

  • Mark Baker

    Elizabeth Miles is attempting to give up her former life as the female in a group of conmen and fit into high society in order to prepare for her marriage to young lawyer Gideon Bates. Part of that involves attending church on Sundays, and it is at church that she has met Priscilla, a recent widow who is one of the few people Elizabeth considers a friend in her new life. One day Priscilla comes to Elizabeth for help since she has just learned that her recently deceased second husband has left he

    Elizabeth Miles is attempting to give up her former life as the female in a group of conmen and fit into high society in order to prepare for her marriage to young lawyer Gideon Bates. Part of that involves attending church on Sundays, and it is at church that she has met Priscilla, a recent widow who is one of the few people Elizabeth considers a friend in her new life. One day Priscilla comes to Elizabeth for help since she has just learned that her recently deceased second husband has left her broke. Priscilla knows there should be more money. Can Elizabeth figure out what happened?

    If you haven't started this great new series, I do recommend you back up to the first since it sets up so much of Elizabeth and her life in 1910's New York City. Since this is only book two in the series, it's still very easy to get caught up. When you do, you'll find yourself caught up in another fun caper. I did feel the pacing was a bit off early on, but it soon picked up and by the end, it was impossible to put down. This isn't a traditional mystery, although it still firmly fits in the crime fiction family. The characters are all strong, and they help make the final third of the book very compelling for us.

    NOTE: I received a copy of this book.

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  • Sara Smith

    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.

  • Celia

    This is the second in the series by Victoria Thompson entitled "Counterfeit Lady". I read the first which introduced Elizabeth Miles, a resourceful woman who with father, brother and others, perpetrates cons on people. These people undoubtedly deserve it because they are just as guilty of wanting to cheat others as the Miles 'clan' is.

    I enjoyed the first book and am glad to continue on with the second. Thompson weaves a story around real historical events. In this book the reader is introduced t

    This is the second in the series by Victoria Thompson entitled "Counterfeit Lady". I read the first which introduced Elizabeth Miles, a resourceful woman who with father, brother and others, perpetrates cons on people. These people undoubtedly deserve it because they are just as guilty of wanting to cheat others as the Miles 'clan' is.

    I enjoyed the first book and am glad to continue on with the second. Thompson weaves a story around real historical events. In this book the reader is introduced to Mrs. Edith B. Ordway and her book The Etiquette of Today which were considered the ultimate authorities on such matters. We also learned of the The Safe Deposit Company of New York, the first independent safe‑ deposit company, opened in 1865. (in the book, the time period is 1920's and the company is still viable).

    Elizabeth Miles is engaged to be married to Gideon Bates, a very painfully honest and incorruptible lawyer. It is nice to see that the two can come to grips with their differences and forge a loving relationship. Or... can they?

    Recommended to lovers of the cozy mystery genre.

    4 stars.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Elizabeth Miles is a fascinating character, and she happens to be a con artist. Her only “friend” is Priscilla Knight, who has her own share of baggage.

    On her second marriage, Priscilla’s husband has died in a suspicious accident. Truth be told, her first husband died in an “accident,” too.

    Priscilla brought her own money into the second marriage thanks to the benefits from her first; however, all she owns is in jeopardy when a b

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Elizabeth Miles is a fascinating character, and she happens to be a con artist. Her only “friend” is Priscilla Knight, who has her own share of baggage.

    On her second marriage, Priscilla’s husband has died in a suspicious accident. Truth be told, her first husband died in an “accident,” too.

    Priscilla brought her own money into the second marriage thanks to the benefits from her first; however, all she owns is in jeopardy when a banker lets her know it’s been siphoned off. Priscilla turns to Elizabeth for help and in finding the truth.

    Set in the 1920s, City of Secrets is the second installment in an engaging and well-written historical mystery series. I absolutely loved Elizabeth’s complex character. She is rough and unscrupulous, but she is warm and endearing at the same time. She is in a relationship with straight-laced Gideon, a lawyer who lives by the rules.

    Every character is wonderful, the writing is smart, and I loved City of Secrets from start to finish. I’m reading book one now to get some backstory, and it’s only enriching the experience I had with book two. Well-done!

    Thanks to Berkley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Kate Baxter

    This book has it all - murder, mayhem and a healthy dose of subterfuge.

    It's early 1918 in the city of New York. US troops have been recently sent off to the trenches of Europe. Regarding the candlestick telephone of 1904, the jury is still out on whether it's a helpful or annoying communication instrument. Only time will tell. Then of course, there's The Woman Suffrage Movement where recently many women marched on the White House and found themselves thrown in jail

    Meanwhile, Elizabeth Miles, (o

    This book has it all - murder, mayhem and a healthy dose of subterfuge.

    It's early 1918 in the city of New York. US troops have been recently sent off to the trenches of Europe. Regarding the candlestick telephone of 1904, the jury is still out on whether it's a helpful or annoying communication instrument. Only time will tell. Then of course, there's The Woman Suffrage Movement where recently many women marched on the White House and found themselves thrown in jail

    Meanwhile, Elizabeth Miles, (our main protagonist in this story and the daughter of a grifter and well schooled in the arts of sleight of hand, although now a reformed grifter), was attending church services which had just concluded. While chatting with her friend Priscilla, she hears that this dear friend, recently widowed twice in quick succession, has just discovered that she and her young daughters are penniless and destitute. How could this be? Her first husband had left a sizable sum for her and her second husband came from money. Priscilla is beside herself and Elizabeth is angry that men have so much power over the conditions in which women find themselves. She is hopeful that President Wilson will take the Suffragist movement to heart and get legislation passed to help the many women in need.

    Elizabeth offers to help Priscilla sort through her husband's papers hoping to find evidence that the funds were merely transferred to a different institution. Not finding such documents but rather a delicate photograph of the deceased husband, Elizabeth seeks the assistance of honest trust attorney (and soon to be fiancé), Gideon Bates to see whether anything can be done. From there the tale takes off and the "game is afoot". There's tension, action, mysteries leading to other mysteries and a great con. This book was a delightful and rather humorous diversion for a dark wintry afternoon.

    I am grateful to author Victoria Thompson, publisher Penguin Random House, LLC, and Netgalley for having provided a free uncorrected e-book. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  • Berit☀️✨

    Secrets and blackmale and lies...oh my!

    A compelling and engaging story from first page to last... this was a well-crafted perfectly paced story set in 1920s New York.... This is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, I did not read the first and I was not lost at all, can definitely be read as a standalone... although I might go back and read the first to get some of the backstory on these marvelous characters....

    The strength of the story I felt was in these captivating, charming, and q

    Secrets and blackmale and lies...oh my!

    A compelling and engaging story from first page to last... this was a well-crafted perfectly paced story set in 1920s New York.... This is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, I did not read the first and I was not lost at all, can definitely be read as a standalone... although I might go back and read the first to get some of the backstory on these marvelous characters....

    The strength of the story I felt was in these captivating, charming, and quirky characters.... Elizabeth and Gideon’s seemingly completely opposite personalities added such a rich layer to the story.... what happens when a con artist and a straight laced lawyer fall in love? Well I’m not sure what will ultimately happened with Elizabeth and Gideon‘s romance, but I can tell you it does make for one compulsive read! Not sure how I would classify this book I wouldn’t necessarily call it a mystery, what it was though was a book that fully immersed me in the lives of these characters.... a story filled with delicious scheming, conniving, and trickery... Loved how Elizabeth and Gideon Sought justice in very different ways.... also loved how the women in this story were the brains of the operation!

    Viktoria Thompson definitely has a way with words... The historical aspects of the story were well researched, really made me want to read more books that take place in the 20s.... the writing was stellar, making for an effortless Reid... this is my first book from Miss Thompson, but I can guarantee it will not be my last! It is always a delight to discover a new to you author....

    Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written historical story with a cozy 20s gangster vibe...

    *** A big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

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