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And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily) Paperback – Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Reprint edition (Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061148446
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thoroughly enjoyable adventure with both historical texture and emotional depth (Anne Perry)

Tasha Alexander is one to watch - and read. despite her cliffhanger climaxes and witty repartee, there's a depth of sensitivity that sets her apart (The Huffington Post)

Enchanting. Alexander keeps readers guessing until the very end (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A Lady Emily mystery --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I was captivated by this book from the very first sentence. It takes off with a hiss and a roar: by page 3, Emily has not just met and married Philip the Viscount Ashton, but she has also been widowed. By the end of the first chapter, a year after Philip's death, she begins to learn how little she knew about the man to whom she was briefly married. Intrigued, she starts to investigate her late husband more and this leads her into investigating a mystery involving forgeries of Ancient Greek artefacts - which may have involved her husband.

At the same time, two men (both friends of her former husband) are displaying an interest in her. Are their motives pure, or are one - or both - of them not to be trusted?

I enjoyed this complicated tale very much. It kept me guessing throughout - every time I thought I knew how it was all going to be resolved, the story would do another twist. I also enjoyed reading about late 19th century London and Paris. Tasha Alexander has included several epilogues talking about the research that she did while writing this book which are very interesting to read. Emily's character was somewhat annoying to me in the early stages - very self-centered and the kind of person who would do things simply to be contrary. But I warmed to her as the book went on. This was Tasha Alexander's first book but since then she has continued Emily's story in subsequent novels - which I will definitely seek out now.

* Warning: The only review of this book that is older than mine (entitled "Excellent") reveals twists that don't emerge until at least halfway through. I would advise you not to read that review before reading the book! It definitely spoiled my enjoyment of it. *
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This book is part of a trend for English historical mysteries written by American authors. This one suffers from the same small niggles as the others - people visit with rather than just visit, say fall for autumn etc but otherwise is a very superior example of the genre. The author has included a set of very interesting notes at the end showing her research and why she chose the heroine she did.
Lady Emily Ashton is a widow after a very short marriage and becomes involved in unravelling both a mystery of ancient greek artifacts and forgeries, as well as trying to get to know her dead husband. The author has woven a good yarn that keeps the pages turning - the story twists and turns very satisfactorily throughout. Emily is a good heroine, she is stubborn and inclined to be arrogant but uses her intelligence well. The misunderstandings arise due to lack of information.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was well written and the female characters richly drawn. I would agree with another reviewer that the males were a little more lightly sketched, but in the Victorian world we are visiting the main contacts of a respectable widow would be her female friends and relatives. I would definitely recommend this.
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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Emily agrees to marry Philip, Viscount Ashton, to get away from her overbearing mother, and because she knows she has to do the deed at some point. Philip’s sole raison d’etre appears to be big game hunting in Africa, where he dies not long after the wedding. But during her interminable mourning period, Emily begins to find out more about Philip, and to fall in love with the man he was. With his passionate interest in the poetry and antiquities of ancient Greece, could it be that all his dealings were less than honest?

The subtitle of this book is "a novel of suspense," which appears to be something of a misnomer. I had eagerly imagined a pacey tale of murder and other skullduggery in Victorian high society a la Anne Perry, but was to be disappointed. Told by Emily, this is certainly a novel that describes what it must have been like to live in those times: the restrictions on women and the stifling code of social etiquette, as well as the joys of being young, beautiful, titled and extremely rich. If you have a love, too, of Greek antiquities, there is much in here about Homer’s poetry, the Iliad, and pottery, as well as information about how antiques were and still are faked. But there wasn’t enough actual plot to hold my interest, and although we get a good picture of the women in the story and ultimately of the character of Philip, Emily’s suitors remain shadowy. Beautifully written and a class act, but more for straight history fans than mystery fans.
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I just completed all the Lady Julia Grey Mystery Series and enjoyed them so much, I thought why not get started on the Lady Emily Mysteries. Much to my surprise, I had the first two books in the series already downloaded onto my Kindle. I suppose that's what happens when one reads as much as I do - you forget what you've purchased. So, I immediately set forth into this book but realized that the first part seemed a bit familiar. As time went on, I decided that I had apparently begun reading the book at some point and then lost interest and moved on.

But, no - after reading the entire book, I then realized that I had read it previously, but... - it. just. never. stood. out. in. my. mind. - at least not enough to remember that I had read it until I actually finished it again. What does that tell you about how well I liked the book? Nah, it didn't do a lot for me. It appears that Lady Emily's future love interest will be Colin Hargreaves, but how in the world can I ever consider him now that I've spent all that time considering Nicholas Brisbane from the Lady Julia Mysteries. Ah well, I'm still going to press on. I'm currently reading the second book in this series, which I had not previously read by the way. It is A Poisoned Season (A Lady Emily Mystery) and so far I'm finding it a bit more interesting than the first book in the series.

Perhaps the first book was a foundational book, setting up the reader with an understanding of Lady Emily's widowed status, her relationship - or lack of relationship might be a better term - with her first husband, Philip, who was absolutely supposedly head over heels in love with Lady Emily.
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