City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)

City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3) Elizabeth Miles Finds Herself In A Position No Con Can Help Her Escape Her Beloved Fianc , 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

Victoria Thompson is the USA Today bestselling author of the Edgar and Agatha nominated Gaslight Mystery series and the Sue Grafton Memorial Award nominated Counterfeit Lady Series She was nominated for an Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2001, and in 2012 she received a Career Achievement Award in Mystery Writing from RT Magazine Six of her Gaslight Mysteries were nominated for an

✸ [BOOKS] ✬ City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)  By Victoria Thompson ❂ –
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)
  • Victoria Thompson
  • English
  • 28 December 2019
  • 9781984805652

10 thoughts on “City of Scoundrels (Counterfeit Lady, #3)

  1. says:

    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.

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    Best yet in the series Elizabeth and her straight laced lawyer fiance Gideon face a complicated con to help his client get her rightful inheritance With World War I still at the forefront of everyone s minds and the Spanish Flu running rampant, they face danger than ever Recommended

  8. says:

    1.5 star This one was boring.

  9. says:

    Round up to 3.5 stars Review to come at AAR.

  10. says:

    City of Scoundrels is the third book in the Counterfeit Lady mystery series by Victoria Thompson and I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the previous two books in the series This story centers around a soldier s widow, Rose Preston, who s husband had come to see Gideon before he left for the war to have a new will drawn up that provided for his new wife and unborn child in case he didn t make it back from the war He has money and is not certain that his brother and stepmother would take care of his wife and child without leaving a valid will behind.Unfortunately, shortly after he leaves for the war his widow receives word that he was killed and goes to inform his brother of this His brother becomes very upset when he learns that he was married and made a new will before he shipped out He goes to see Gideon in an attempt to find out the terms of the new will and Gideon protects his client s confidentiality and won t tell him anything The brother, Fred Preston, does not take this well Gideon goes to see Rose a few days later and interrupts a man robbing her apartment and attempting to strangle her Once Gideon determines Rose is ok they discover that the man has made off with Rose s husband s will and with their marriage certificate Without the original copy of the will it is invalid and Tom s Rose s husband previous will is now valid again, since his brother has the copy of the original Gideon s fiancee, Elizabeth Miles, gets involved after meeting Rose and hearing her story She comes from a family of grifters and they come up with a plan to get Rose the money that is rightfully hers This con leads them through all sorts of twists and turns including an illegal prize fight, dealing with the influenza epidemic of 1918, World War I drafts, and the American Protection League a league of volunteers who report on anyone deemed to be unpatriotic and against the war This book was fabulous I learned a lot about what life was like for everyday people during the period that World War I was going on, and also about the utter devastation that the influenza epidemic of 1918 caused The author s historical note in the back of the book is amazing so be sure to read it before putting the book down I also enjoyed getting to see the relationship between Gideon and Elizabeth grow stronger and also learning about Elizabeth s family and how they support each other If you enjoy a well written historical cozy mystery you should definitely pick up a copy of City of Scoundrels If you haven t read any of this series before though I recommend you start with book one so that you get to see all of the character growth that occurs throughout the series.

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