City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2) by Victoria Thompson

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)

The latest book in the exciting series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles--from the beloved national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries. Elizabeth Miles knows that honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to finding justice.Elizabeth has discovered that navigating the rules of high society is the biggest con of all. So far, her only success is Priscilla Knight, a dedicated young suffragist recently widowed for the sec...

Details City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)

TitleCity of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction, Romance

Reviews City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)

  • Holly B
    New favorite author! 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 tow...
  • 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 stor...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 real (as in, not counterfeit) stars to City of Secrets! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 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 than...
  • 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 ch...
  • 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 thems...
  • Sentranced Jem
    I was not expecting all!What a pleasant surprise!The synopsis of the book really captured my attention. I mean a historical fiction that has a female protagonist and is under the mystery genre? SIGN ME UP!I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Elizabeth with her witty lines and strong personality.I loved the element of mystery, action and the sense of adventure in CITY OF SECRETS.City of Secrets Is an excitingly captivating read wi...
  • 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 historic...
  • 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 tha...
  • 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 bookElizabeth Miles is learning the ...
  • Edith Maxwell
    I loved this second Counterfeit Lady mystery even more than the first. Thompson excels at bringing us an exciting story in an authentic setting, characters we adore (or revile), and an intricate plot. The romantic subplot between sleuth Elizabeth Miles and her beloved Gordon plays out with heightened suspense, and the Old Man made me fall in love with him all over again. Another must read!
  • V.M.
    I love Victoria Thompson's other mystery series and am quickly learning to love Elizabeth Miles just as much. Initially, I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with a con woman protagonist, but I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. I can't wait for book #3.
  • 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 enr...
  • Kelsie Maxwell
    City of Secrets is the second novel in Victoria Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. I read the first in the series, City of Lies and, unfortunately, was not impressed. However, Thompson has done a complete 180 in this second novel. The author’s writing style was never an issue, but there were too many elements in Lies. In Secrets, Thompson was able to bring the characterization in line with the plot and the background elements. Both books are...
  • Charlotte Lynn
    The City of Secrets is the second book in a series. I did not read the first book but enjoyed this one very much. It started slowly for me only because I was getting to know the characters and was trying to figure out how they all came together. Elizabeth was a hoot. She was not the straight-laced wife material that Gideon Bates wanted, she took risks, went beyond what was called for to help her friends, and stood strong when the man she loved pu...
  • Caitlin
    Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own.Elizabeth Miles is trying to be respectable, so she can marry the very respectable Gideon. She has some mixed results, but the story of Priscilla catches her eye--twice widowed, whose second husband spent the money left to her by the first, leaving Priscilla and her two daughters in dire straights. Elizabeth is determined to find where the money went so quickly, as soon discovers sh...
  • Linda Smatzny
    This book is set in New York City in 1917/1918. The main character is Elizabeth Miles who runs cons with a crew made up of some family members. However, Elizabeth is trying to go straight since her beloved is a honest lawyer who can't seem to lie. Elizabeth befriends a recent widow who seems to be broke but Elizabeth feels that Priscilla Knight has been taken advantage of and decides to help her. It is time when women still had very few rights an...
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Historical Fiction, Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*City of Secrets, by author Victoria Thompson, is the second installment in the author's Counterfeit Lady series. The story takes place in 1917 New York City. Please note: I've seen many reviews that have gotten this fact wrong. The story takes place during World War I (1914-1918) at the beginning of the country's entry into the War. In fact, Gideon, who is 31, worries that...
  • Daniele
    There is not much mystery within these pages, but read as historical fiction it is good, especially the last third of the book. The bad guys are revealed very early on, but it is fun to see them get their just deserts. Elizabeth and Gideon are great contrasts to each other, and all of the characters are well drawn and interesting.I received a copy of this title from the publisher.
  • William Richardson
    Victoria's books are so riveting and full of little know facts about the changing world in the early 1920's and in New York. Her characters are believable and the plots so daring. Looking forward to more from her.
  • Rumaisah
    I so wanted to get my hands on these mystery novels by Victoria Thompson. I gladly got hold of a copy of City of Secrets, here in my country. The novel is about a woman called Elizabeth Miles who is informally engaged to Gideon Bates. Elizabeth’s friend Pricilla Knight has been widowed twice, recently. She has also lost her fortune though her first husband left her very well-off. She can’t recall the circumstances behind her second marriage a...
    2018-11-21 of SecretsCounterfeit Lady Book #2By Victoria ThompsonISBN# 9780451491619Author’s website: Victoriathompson.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: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...
  • Laura
    Former grifter Elizabeth Miles has given up on her life of lies and is ready to marry attorney Gideon Bates. But sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men go awry. When Elizabeth finds out her friend Priscilla Knight, widowed for the second time, has been bilked out of her first husband’s money she sees red.It seems Priscilla’s second husband was being blackmailed, and he only married her for her money. Now that he is dead, she and her da...
  • Carrie
    Thanks to the First to Read program for a digital ARC of this book. The following is my honest opinion of this book:The second entry in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Secrets is a quick read that's definitely worth looking into. Elizabeth Miles is a grifter but she's met a wonderful man, (Gideon Bates) who prides himself on following the law and always being honest. As Elizabeth tries to establish herself in his world, she befriends a woman...
  • Kim
    This is a fun read. Although I did read the first book in the series, I was confused on some parts that were explored in the first novel. I clearly forgot some of the plot. I think this is a series where one should read them in order. I did review Goodreads to refresh on the first installment, but still cannot remember how Gideon proposed to Elizabeth in the first novel.We are in the setting of the beginning of US entry into WWI in New York City....
  • Jean Kolinofsky
    Elizabeth Miles was a grifter. In an attempt to get away from one of her marks, she mingled with a group of suffragists and was arrested with them. This was where she met Mrs Bates, whose son Gideon became her fiancé. In Victoria Thompson’s second book in the Counterfeit Lady series, Elizabeth is trying to establish herself as a lady in New York with Mrs. Bates’ assistance. When she encounters the widow Priscilla Knight, however, she decides...
  • Debbie
    "City of Secrets" is a historical mystery set in 1918 in New York City. This is the second book in the series, but you don't need to read the previous book to understand this one. This book referred to some events in the previous book, but not enough to spoil the story. Elizabeth is a reformed con artist engaged to marry an honest lawyer who's convinced that following the Law and gaining justice through the legal system are ultimate.Elizabeth inv...
  • Sapphyria
    City of Secrets is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson. Elizabeth, our heroine, is a con artist trying to settle down with an honest lawyer. When a church patron named Priscilla Knight reveals that she doesn’t know why she married her now-deceased second husband and that she doesn’t remember anything about the wedding ceremony, Elizabeth smells a rat. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Elizabeth an...
  • Judy Beetem
    City of Secrets is the second in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson. I hadn't read the first book in the series but had no trouble catching on. I fully intend to read the first book, then probably reread this one.Thompson has crafted a view of society in the 1920s where con artist, Elizabeth Miles, is trying to make her mark. She's just broken up with her fiance and is secretly engaged to Gideon Bates - a man she truly loves. Gideon...
  • Andrea Johnson
    The Author Had Me From the Opening Line!The best thing about this book is how the author places the main characters in a conundrum via the nature of their stations. Elizabeth Miles, the heroine, is a con artist with a colorful past who has gone straight for the sake of her secret-fiancé Gideon Bates, a conservative New York lawyer. Of course, Elizabeth wants to fall back on her grifter skills to help her friend Priscilla Knight, a two-time widow...
  • viktoria
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC (Thanks, Netgalley!), which doesn't sway my opinion, & etc.I've been meaning to read Victoria Thompson for ages; I recommend her Gaslight all the time for historical fiction mystery readers at work, despite never having read her myself, and when I read the premise for the Counterfeit Lady series, I perked up immediately. Cons? Suffragettes? 1920s New York? Con ladies? Sharp lawyers? So many of my favorite things!...