- 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)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily) Paperback – Oct 2006
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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.
A Lady Emily mystery --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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. *
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I would recommend this second mystery if anything it's better the first there were more characters and they were more interesting also found there was some gentle humour absent... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Janet
These books are pretty addictive. Great stories and engaging characters. They are only marred by the obvious naïveté of the presumably American author. Read morePublished 21 months ago by boudicca
I am so pleased to have stumbled on this series, and am enjoying the characters enormously.
A recommendation that really did hit the spot.
Iliked this book and the one other which I have read, I look forward to reading more of this heroinePublished 22 months ago by J Logan
This is a well written Victorian period mystery. With gentle humour, romance and some interesting characters, it is well worth reading.Published 24 months ago by Fren
I enjoyed this book and, although it could be classified as 'light' reading, I thought it was well written and I found I looked forward to reading more of it each day. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by angela
Lady Emily Ashton was widowed after only a few months of marriage and she now finds herself rich but constrained by Victorian society to stay in seclusion as she mourns her late... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2013 by Damaskcat
I had no idea where this book was heading and was pleasantly surprised. would read more work by this authorPublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by V. Bakewell