Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (Giveaway)

Mystery, Historical Fiction



Release Date:
November 17, 2017

The story takes us to 1917 Washington, D.C. and New York City. Women are protesting for their right to vote, but none of that matters to Elizabeth Miles. She has other interests in mind.

Elizabeth Miles is a con artist. Along with her brother, Jake, she schemes to steal money from less-than-nice men like Oscar Thornton. Unfortunately, during one of their schemes, their plans take a turn for the worst. Once Thornton finds out, it’s over for the brother and sister team. They get separated. Elizabeth has no idea what happened to her brother, but she has no choice but to go on the run.

Elizabeth manages to blend in with a group of suffragists and joins their protest under an assumed name. She is not at all upset when they are arrested and jailed. Prison is the perfect place to hide from Thornton.  However, life in prison isn't very enjoyable.

Much to Elizabeth’s surprise, she finds herself forming a tight bond with some of these wealthy women, including Mrs. Bates and Anna. Thanks to Mrs. Bates attorney son, Gideon, the women are freed from jail, but Thornton is still hot on her heels. She must find a place to hide. Fortunately for her, Anna insists she stay with her family. Anna agrees, but is she really safe there?

The author weaves actual historical facts into this fictional story. I found the storyline and characters fascinating. The author did a great job of making the main character likeable and sympathetic, despite her being a con artist and thief.

I’m not really much of an historical fiction fan, but the premise and setting grabbed my interest. I must admit, I originally thought this was a murder mystery, but it’s not. It’s more like fiction with romance and some suspense mixed together.

It’s a gripping, cleverly written story that had my attention from the start. I was immediately transported back in time. I felt I was standing right alongside Elizabeth.

I enjoyed every minute of this one. I’m so glad I stepped out of my normal genre to try it. This is the first of a new series and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Thanks for this intriguing and captivating historical mystery.

  2. I wanted to enjoy it more but I just felt lied to about it being a mystery when it was a romance. There was other things I wasn't real keen on so in the end I thought it was just okay. I love this authors other historical mystery series. I am glad you liked this one though. :)

  3. I enjoy historical fiction and I think I’d love this one!

  4. This book is on my TBR list. I like the author.

  5. This is on my TRL, would love to win

  6. This looks like one I might really love. I tend to enjoy historical mysteries and the suffragists add an interesting aspect.

  7. I really enjoyed this one - especially the way the history was woven in. However, I went into it knowing that it was a mystery so I think that helped a lot.

  8. I would love to read this one. Historical Mysteries are my favorites. Thank you for the chance.


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