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City of Secrets: A Counterfeit Lady #2    by Victoria Thompson order for
City of Secrets
by Victoria Thompson
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

In this story set in New York City during the time before World War I, Elizabeth Miles has always had to take care of herself and that often means being less than honest with those she meets. But when she meets a group of suffragists and falls for the son of a wealthy society matron, she begins to see herself though his eyes.

Can a reformed grifter find love with an honest man? Elizabeth Miles adores Gideon Bates and he loves her, but he believes in justice and the rule of law. Elizabeth believes in justice, but isn't above breaking rules if necessary when justice can't be attained otherwise.

Elizabeth wants to help when her friend Priscilla Knight finds herself widowed for the second time, and penniless. It seems her second husband was blackmailed by someone close to Priscilla, leaving her and her two young children destitute after he commits suicide. Elizabeth might be able to help Priscilla retrieve her money, but with no proof of blackmail, she's forced to use her wits and possibly a dangerous con.

Will Gideon understand?

This delightful cozy features suffragists, scoundrels, criminals and New York's society matrons. Elizabeth Miles and Gideon Bates are characters I'm looking forward to seeing in future installments of the Counterfeit Lady series.

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