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

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)

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 comfortable fortune. Soon after his death, her pastor convinced her she nee...

Details City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)

TitleCity of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!...
  • Laura Hill
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.Writing: 3 Plot: 4 Characters: 3.5A thoroughly enjoyable historical mystery by the author of the Gaslight series. The second in the Counterfeit Lady series (I seem to have missed the first), this series centers on Elizabeth Miles, a “reformed” grifter who is making her way in New York polite socie...
  • Carol
    Grifting, blackmail, murder, robbing a motherwith two children, prostitution plus more makefor an exciting, well written, well plotted story.The story is set in the 1920s. Elizabeth Milesis a con artist who is in the process of reforming her ways. She is trying to do this due to herrelationship with the uptight, upright lawyer.....Gideon Bates. Elizabeth is also trying to learnand live life according to society’s rules ofetiquette.Elizabeth mee...
  • Helen
    This review is of an ARC won in a Goodreads Giveaway.So much more fun than the first book in the series, which was front-heavy on the historical detail/setting. Having established all that in book one, book two dives right into the mystery and charms the reader with the interplay among the diverse characters. There are the old-money families Elizabeth Miles is trying to fit in among, the new money up-and-comers she meets, and the family of grifte...
  • Lauren
    This was good, but not as enjoyable as City of Lies (the first book in the series). It was a bit of a slow read because there was a lot of repetition and the focus was exclusively on the mystery, unlike the last one which delved into the Women's Suffrage movement and more details of historical New York and DC. Here, the mystery revolves around a widow in Gideon's church who Elizabeth befriends. The widow was left destitute by her second husband -...
  • Cynthia
    I might categorize this as a 'cozy historical mystery', the 2nd in a series. I haven't read the 1st, so had a bit of a time falling in with the continuing characters...reading the 1st might help with that? I thought the book stated kind of slow, maybe just because I was trying to figure out the characters? Once I got past that, the story picked up for me & I started enjoying it the end, I was quite enjoying it, & even offered a chuckle...
  • Sydney
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second book in a series, and the story here picks right up where the first book, City of Lies, ended. The mystery that the characters deal with here is completely new and separate from that they faced in the first book, and I suppose you could read this one without reading the first, but I think you would miss out on a lot of important background about the characters and their relationships. Besides: th...
  • Shannon
    Thanks to NetGalley and Berkeley Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Book to be released on Nov. 6, 2018.City of Secrets is the second book in the Counterfeit Lady series. Grifting, blackmail, murder, and brothels make for an interesting historical fiction novel. Elizabeth is a reformed grifter, while her betrothed, Gideon, is a by the law attorney, who sees things as simply black and white. Will their o...
  • Stephanie Nelson
    This is my first experience reading a book by this particular author, although from what I have heard all her books are terrific. I have to add this one to the list of great books, because I found the whole book rather amusing and fun to read. The book follows a woman, Elizabeth Miles, who is working to navigate society and fit in during the 1920's. This is the time period when woman were trying to fight for equal rights, but they were still look...
  • Carlie
    I really enjoyed City of Secrets. I read the first book in the Counterfeit Lady series, City of Lies , also via First to Read, and this book begins pretty much where that first book left off. The mystery surrounding Priscilla was interesting, and though you have a clue as to who the villains are right from the start, how everything came together in the end was not overly predictable. I like the characters, and I think the relationship between El...
  • Elaine -
    This is the second novel in the Counterfeit Lady series. I really think you need to read the first novel in the series in order to understand some of the references and relationships in this book. It's good too, so don't skip it.I really liked this book! It's a fun mystery set in the Victorian era. Elizabeth has been trained by her father to be a con artist, but now she is trying to clean up her act in order to fit into high society. When Elizabe...
  • Rachel
    This 1910s murder mystery is the tale of Miss Elizabeth Miles, a new initiate into the high society of New York. Upon the mysterious death of the husband of her friend Priscilla, she discovers that her friends has been left penniless, though she ought to have been left rather well off.Elizabeth works together with her friend Gideon in a world somewhere between churches and brothels to figure out what happened to the money, and if it is possible t...
  • Amber Dawn
    This is the second book in the series and quite enjoyable. It made me want to curl up in front of a cozy fire with a hot mug of tea as I read through the mystery. Despite not reading the first in the series it was easy to jump right into the book and not feel lost. The characters were developed enough that you got a sense of knowing who they are just from this book without feeling like you had to have read the first book but gave you a taste of w...
  • Meghan
    We are always on the search for new Historical Fiction and enticing novels for our patrons to love and read. City of Secrets had it all, drama mixed with politics is a extravagant reading combination. Each chapter is a new twist and turn as Elizabeth takes on the journey of getting her life in order even if it means defying all the political rules and challenging them to have some justice. Elizabeth will stop at nothing to get what she wants even...
  • Adriana
    A very smart followup to the first book in the series, City of Lies.It's amazing to see how Thompson builds up the plot and weaves a complicated web that ends up making perfect sense and being quite a caper for Elizabeth and company. The character relationships and interactions really shine here, being the bones from which the impressive body of the mystery emerge. I loved seeing how Elizabeth and Gideon try to find the middle ground in their way...
  • Dorothy
    I won a ARC of the book. This is the second book in the series A counterfeit lady novels. I am a big fan of historical novels with strong women characters so I really liked the book. You do not have to read the first novel in the series to be able to follow the plot line but the characters do talk about what happen previously and that really makes me want to read the first book. I am not a fan of romance novels and this book did have some romance...
  • Courtney Lyn
    This was one of those books I didn't think I would like ... then I did!I enjoyed the no nonsense writing style. It was very interesting. The entire story felt like it was being told through conversations/dialogue. There were a paragraph here and there for descriptions and to keep the plot moving when necessary - otherwise you were reading witty dialogue between the characters. I did not read the first book and although I'd recommend reading the f...
  • Darla
    This relatively new series from Victoria Thompson has many of the qualities that have worked successfully in the Gaslight Series. Intriguing mysteries, fascinating historical setting, strong characters with different life experiences, a teamwork component to crime-solving and a happy ending. I still need to read the first installment of the Counterfeit Lady series, but from what I have learned in Book 2 it will be an entertaining read.Thank you t...
  • Nancy Shepherd
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first glance, it looked like a book that I would pass along to someone else, perhaps a friend who likes sappy stories. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. The characters are real...a lawyer, his fiance,who is a reformed grifter, a questionable minister and his even more unsavory wife. Throw in a few other questionable types, and you have a story to keep you turning pages! I received this bo...
  • Maggies Daisy
    I have been enjoying Victoria Thompson's novels for several years now, and she never fails to provide an exceptional piece of writing. In this series, we are introduced to a young woman, raised by her father who taught her the fine art of grifting. With the help of her fiance who is an upstanding gentleman that prides himself on his honesty must learn to make exceptions to solve the murder and theft of a widows lives savings. Victoria Thompson ha...
  • Susan
    I enjoyed this second entry in the Counterfeit Lady series more than the first. Elizabeth and Gideon's relationship was interesting, as was the crime they were investigating. I thought the plot moved along nicely and all the loose ends were tied up well.Thank you to Penguin's First to Read for an advance reading copy.
  • Patricia Ann
    I have enjoyed all of the author’s Gaslight Mysteries and now I am enjoying her Counterfeit Lady series. The confrontations between Lizzie, the con artist, and her finance were amusing. I found it fascinating how both families worked together to find a grift to help a friend and to be honest about it.I have received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for a honest review.
  • Nancy
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is the first book I've read in the Counterfeit series. I did not read the first book, and aside from a couple of references to the first book, this book was not hard to follow. It took me awhile to figure out the cast of characters but once the book got going, it was hard to put down. The main character, Elizabeth Miles, is a con artist that would like to try to live a normal life, hope...