And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
(Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1)

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From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder

And Only to Deceive

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

 

About Tasha Alexander

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TASHA ALEXANDER attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She lived in Amsterdam, London, Wyoming, Vermont, Connecticut, and Tennessee before settling in Chicago.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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A young widow immerses herself in antiquity and uncovers a scandal in Alexander's Victorian-era suspense debut.

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In this charming late Victorian romantic suspense novel, Emily, a young and beautiful widow, regrets her husband's African hunting expedition death less than is proper. The late Philip, Viscoun

Aug 08 2005 | Read Full Review of And Only to Deceive (Lady Emi...

BC Books

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An enjoyable light read but with some flaws.

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All About Romance

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In this book, Emily goes from London, to Paris, rural England, and eventually to Santorini.

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Gather Books

Emily Bromley, a beautiful young woman is under persistent pressure to marry from an overbearing mother.

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