City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1) by Victoria Thompson

City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)

Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…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-got...


Details City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)

TitleCity of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)
ISBN9780399586576
Author
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBerkley
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Historical Mystery
Rating

Reviews City of Lies (Counterfeit Lady, #1)

  • Dianne
    1970-01-01
    It was supposed to be a great con, easy money, but this time Elizabeth Miles finds the “respectable” businessman she has conned is a brutal and deadly con man himself and he is out for both his lost money and revenge. Running scared, Elizabeth gets herself carted off with the women of the Suffragists’ movement and for a woman on the run, jail may be the safest place for her. Little did Elizabeth realize, these women would change her life an...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    1970-01-01
    3.75 stars Thank you to First-to-Read and Berkley for allowing me the chance to read this ARC. This book publishes on 11/7/17. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter. She lies, steals and cheats for a living. It is in the process of a job that she becomes involved with a Women's Rights Movement where she falls into a suffragette march as she flees from danger. She is soon jailed, along with the women in this march, and sent to a workhouse where she feels s...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    Fast-paced and clever. RTC.
  • Bj
    1970-01-01
    4 "The Grifter Suffragist" Stars!Lovers of historical fiction that takes place during the women's suffragist movement in the US of the early 1900s (circa 1920s) will not want to miss City of Lies. There is also a dash of mystery and suspense thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Additionally, while this is not a traditional historical romance title, I also believe that there is enough of a romance thread (even the beginnings of a romance triangl...
  • Caille
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. Any book that includes con artists, and especially smart female ones always intrigues me. When combined with the history of the suffrage movement, I felt like this book was made for me. The use of the the rich history of the suffrage movement was fresh and new, and it was clear that Victoria Thompson put quite a bit of research into it. While the book had me hooked from the beginning, there was a part towards the mid...
  • Bridget Vollmer
    1970-01-01
    I'd rate this somewhere between 3.5-4 stars.I was expecting more of a historical mystery but got more of a historical fiction/romance with a little bit of action. The beginning was definitely heavy on the historical info which wasn't bad but I was not expecting the historical info dump. Although, I did find it enlightening once I changed my expectations as I am shamefully lacking in knowledge of the suffragist movement. After I changed my expecta...
  • Melliane
    1970-01-01
    4.5/5
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    In a departure from her long-running Gaslight Mystery series, Thompson has written a new historical set in the 1917 at the height of the Suffrage movement. Elizabeth (last name changeable) is working a con with her brother that goes horribly wrong. Now the mark, Oscar Thornton, is out for revenge and Elizabeth ends up throwing in with a group of Suffragists (who land in prison) to escape Thornton's clutches. But what starts out as one more cover ...
  • A
    1970-01-01
    ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :)it was definitely different than what I expected, but I actually really liked it :) will have a full review on the release day, because I need some time to gather my thoughts but for now, 4 solid stars :)XOXOAfor more book-ish stuff visit:my blog -> https://bookworm8619.blogspot.com/my facebook page -> https://www.facebook.com/bookworm8619/
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    City of Lies was the type of book that only got better as it went on. At the start, I was introduced to Elizabeth Mile’s character and grifter ways, which I found most interesting. When things went bad with a deal, she wound up taking part in a suffragist march in order to try and throw some thugs off of her trail. Only that did not go as she had planned.I will say that I enjoyed reading about the suffragists movement because I tend to take my ...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to First to Read for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson is a fast-paced, easy historical fiction about a female con-artist/grifter on the run after a con gone bad. Elizabeth Miles and her brother Jake are casing their next mark, Oscar Thornton, and trying to make out with thousands of dollars of his money. When the con goes bad, Lizzie runs off and ends up in a group of suffragists outside the White...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    The description that is given is a little misleading as is the title, I was expecting a woman that we see very much in the beginning of the novel. We see "Betty" swindling people for their money, using her charms to con a man, and then? She completely loses her agency when she goes into jail. I feel like it was a smart idea for her but at the same time, while she is in jail, she seems to forget about her sense of urgency. I feel like we lost her ...
  • Kathy Martin
    1970-01-01
    Lizzy Miles is a grifter. She and her brother run a number of cons. However, their latest con goes wrong and Oscar Thornton is now and the hunt for Lizzy. He wants his money back or Lizzy dead. Lizzy runs into a protest by suffragists who are picketing in front of the White House. Lizzy finds herself arrested and taken to a workhouse. She meets a number of upper class women and makes friends as they go through the horrors of the workhouse. She be...
  • Vanessa
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was surprisingly good. I just expected a fun mystery type read, but this was really a well written historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a grifter, running a con with her partner in crime and the target is a vicious and dangerous man. When they make off with his money, he beats her partner and Elizabeth hides among a suffragist protest and ends up getting herself (and an entire crowd of women) arrested and shipped off to prison. A...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Good story and what promises to be a good new series. The title doesn't really fit, though.
  • Amie
    1970-01-01
    I was expecting this to be a mystery but it's not. The description here on goodreads it's incorrect - it is not set in the 1920s, it's set during WWI and the women's suffrage movement plays a significant role in the plot.
  • USOM
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved the characters here. (Also I know we've been getting some totally ethically grey baddies, but there is nothing grey about this one, and that was good in a different way). They were lively and had real flair. While I wish we could have a whole book about Mrs. Bates, I enjoyed the partnership of Lizzie and Anna. Also the plot leaves us constantly surprised even though we know it's a heist, it unfolds as a shock to even us. Discla...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    Running a successful con takes cunning and dedication. In Victoria Thompson's City of Lies, unforeseen circumstances derail the life of a female grifter.To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.Elizabeth is capable of taking on many roles and being whoever would best suit her current endeavor. When her latest mark discovers the con she and her brother were working, she's forced on the run to...
  • Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
    1970-01-01
    I am a huge fan of the Gaslight mysteries but I feel a bit like City of Lies lied to me as it's not a mystery at all but a historical romance.Elizabeth Miles is  a grifter who was working a con with her brother when it goes horrible wrong. They conned the wrong man as Oscar Thornton is not a nice person, he is very ruthless. He has already caught her brother and his two goons are beating up on him and since there is no hope of her helping him sh...
  • Elaine -
    1970-01-01
    I love how City of Lies starts right into the action! Victoria Thompson gets directly into the story of Elizabeth Miles and her current con to relieve an unsuspecting gentleman, Thornton, of his money. Elizabeth along with her brother, Jake, are con artists. She is a master of deception, but after a con goes wrong and she is being hunted by the target she must find a way out.While running from the thugs hired by her target Elizabeth finds herself...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    Elizabeth Miles luck has run out. She is caught in the act of scamming a wealthy but not so respectable gentleman out a large amount of money. He is not a kind or ethical man and vows to capture and harm her for the act. In a desperate attempt to escape she joins a wealthy group of Suffragists who are demonstrating outside the White House for the right to vote. In doing so she becomes swept up in the consequences of those actions while also tryin...
  • Milena
    1970-01-01
    I want to start by pointing out that the Goodreads blurb for this book is not accurate. First of all this is not a murder mystery, Elizabeth does not scour Washington, DC for a killer. The story does not take place in 1920's but few years earlier, in 1917-1918. Lastly, one of the main character's name is Gideon, not Gabriel. (The blurb on Amazon website is more accurate)Now that we cleared this I must say I really enjoyed City of Lies. I found th...
  • Lauren loves llamas
    1970-01-01
    When a con goes bad, Elizabeth flees for her life straight into the middle of a suffragist rally in front of the White House. Desperate for protection from the man she’s conned, she sets out to get them all arrested. After all, where else could be safer than a prison? Only, Elizabeth hasn’t counted on the lengths the President’s men will go to to suppress the burgeoning movement - or the spirit and bravery of the women that accept Elizabeth...
  • Lauren
    1970-01-01
    I loved it! I was a little confused at first because the GoodReads description of the book suggested it was a 1920's murder mystery set in DC, and was waiting for someone to be bumped off, then very confused by the shift back to NY. However, the actual story of the book was even more engrossing and provided an interesting look into the suffragist movement and life in WWI-era New York and DC. The details of what the suffragists went through were s...
  • Nese
    1970-01-01
    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a fair review.This is the first book in the series and also the only book by this author I have read, and as a book lover, I was pleasantly surprised by the content and the design of this book. The cover page design of the book looks like a work of art, the formatting of the book is beautifully done, and the font and the print of the book are so pleasing to the eye....
  • Kelsie
    1970-01-01
    My experience with City of Lies by Victoria Thompson was a little different than my normal. I’ve never read any of this author’s previous books so I didn’t know what to expect. I very rarely meet a book I don’t enjoy to some extent. Unfortunately, this book nearly falls completely into that category. This book is historical fiction, intrigue and chaste romance all in one. While that sounds like a recipe for success, somehow this fell shor...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    1970-01-01
    As soon as I saw that Victoria Thompson was starting a new series I was thrilled. I love her Gaslight Series and all the historical facts she puts into the story. City of Lies follows that same pattern. This time the setting is 1917 and features historical facts from the movement to allow women to vote. Elizabeth Miles is on the run when she joins a right to vote protest and gets everyone thrown into jail. Her family runs scams and she has just b...
  • Kristi Richardson
    1970-01-01
    ”The truth. She didn’t think she even knew what that was anymore, and even if she did, telling it would hardly help.”This is the first book in a new series by Victoria Thompson who also writes the Gaslight series. This is the story of Elizabeth Miles a con woman who after escaping the clutches of a dangerous mark embroils her is the Suffragist movement and a completely new lifestyle. Elizabeth is a strong woman who has lived all her life by...
  • Raena
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC ebook from the publisher.This book was interesting. It felt like it clearly fit in the YA category. I liked that it was different from typical YA as it was historical fiction. The idea of the book was to fictionalize a period where suffragists were jailed and the surrounding events. The main character, Elizabeth, begins the book working a con with her "brother" and when it all goes poorly, she ends up with suffragists on the Whi...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    I really wanted to say that this was a great book but I can't. In all honesty it is a little different then what I normally read. However, the description really hooked my attention and I saw so many people talking about it. So when I saw it on NetGalley I was very excited to read it.I started it and just could not stay interested even with everything going on. I couldn't even sympathize with the character. I think it could have been a great book...