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City of Scoundrels
By (author): Victoria Thompson
9781984805652 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths Nov 05, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.4 x 8.28 x 1.06 in 336 pages Berkley
An exciting new book in the series featuring Elizabeth Miles, con woman turned Lady, from the beloved national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries.

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.

Story Locale: New York, New York

Series Overview: A historical mystery series featuring Elizabeth Miles, a young con woman who finds herself embroiled in intrigue in turn of the century New York.

THIRD BOOK IN A NEW SERIES FROM A NATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR, following a young con woman who assumes a new identity in the early-twentieth century

AUTHOR OF AWARD-WINNING GASLIGHT SERIES: Even after twenty-two books, Thompson and the Gaslight Mysteries continue to garner praise and strong sales

TIMELY THEMES: The Suffragist Movement is an important backdrop to this new series, as our protagonist Elizabeth Miles joins a group of feminists, and with the rise in popularity of the feminist movement and Women’s Marches happening all over the world, this is a subject that people want to read about

DEDICATED FAN BASE: Thompson was named Guest of Honor at the 2016 Malice Domestic Mystery Convention

AGATHA AWARD NOMINEE: Thompson has been nominated multiple times for Best Historical Novel

SERIES HAS GOTTEN AMAZING PRAISE & REVIEWS: Catherine Coulter called it “an exciting story of intrigue, deception, and love.” PW called it, “a winning series launch.” RT Book Reviews gave it 4 stars.

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries including Murder on Union Square, and the Counterfeit Lady Mysteries including City of Lies.

Author Residence: Long Grove, IL

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Publicity: National print publicity

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Author Social Media:; Twitter @GaslightVT

Praise for City of Lies

“A new, compelling and very different heroine.”—New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen

“Combines a cunning protagonist with a simmering romance and gripping suspense to form a story that is certain to beguile readers hook, line and sinker.”—Anna Lee Huber, national bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries


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