By Tasha Alexander
From talented new author Tasha Alexander comes a beautiful novel of old suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that includes stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder
And merely to Deceive
For Emily, accepting the inspiration of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was once a good way to flee her overbearing mom, who was once set on a grand society fit. So while Emily's rushing husband died on safari quickly after their marriage ceremony, she felt little grief. in spite of everything, she slightly knew him. Now, approximately years later, she discovers that Philip was once a much various guy from the only she had married so cavalierly. His journals show him to were a gentleman student and antiquities collector who, to her shock, was once deeply in love along with his spouse. Emily turns into fascinated about this new photo of her lifeless husband and he or she immerses herself in all issues old and starts off to check Greek.
Emily's highbrow goals and her wish to research extra approximately Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one in every of her husband's favourite areas. There, amid invaluable historical statues, she uncovers a gloomy, harmful mystery concerning stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate concerns, she's juggling very sought after and filthy rich suitors, certainly one of whose intentions may fit past the marrying variety. As she units out to unravel the crime, her seek results in extra surprises approximately Philip and motives her to query the function in Victorian society to which she, as a girl, is relegated.
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I was fatter than any of them; which wasn't saying much. Midge cleared the things away afterwards and Nancy covered the kitchen table with maps and charts. " She bent over the table, the long dark hair swinging down over her neck. Don't get involved, I said to myselfi Just don't. "Next week, to Haydock. " "She's doing you out of a job," Midge observed, wiping glasses. " "Beast," Nancy said. She had drawn a line on the map. She wanted me to tell her how to proceed in the Manchester control zone, and what to do if they gave her instructions she didn't understand.
She seemed oblivious. "Darling," she said. "Too riveting. " She moved off towards the door, followed by the Major and Annie and the new man together, and finally by me. The new man was large and had the same air as the woman of expecting people to jump to it and smooth his path. The Major and Annie Villars were busy smoothing it, their ears bent deferentially to catch any falling crumbs of wisdom, their heads nodding in agreement over every opinion. The two just-teenage girls I had stationed beside the locked aircraft were still on duty, retained more by the promise of Colin's autograph than by my money.
She stared at me. Then she stood up, went into the tiny kitchen, and opened all the cupboards. I thought it was because she thought I was lying, but I'd done her an injustice. Sex minded she might be, but no fool. "You've no car, have you? " She came back frowning, and sat down again. " She considered it. "You've been here three weeks and you don't get paid until the end of the month. " "Enough not to starve," I said. " I'd sent ten pounds to Susan and told her she'd have to wait for the rest until I got my pay cheque.