- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily) Paperback – 1 Oct 2006
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"An admirable and literate debut novel." -- Nashville Tennessean
"Charming." -- Publishers Weekly
"An entertaining debut." -- Nashville Scene
An entertaining debut. --Nashville Scene
Charming. --Publishers Weekly
"An entertaining debut."--Nashville Scene
"Had Jane Austen written The Da Vinci Code, she may well have come up with this elegant novel."--Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
"The story spans genres, appealing to lovers of suspense, history and romance...historically correct and beautifully done."--South Bend Tribune
"Fans of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters will welcome this debut novel."--Denver Post
"Engagingly suspenseful and rich with period detail."--BookPage
"The who-done-it is well designed and fun to follow. Tasha Alexander's historical mystery is terrific."--I LOVE A MYSTERY newsletter
"An admirable and literate debut novel."--Nashville Tennessean
Had Jane Austen written The Da Vinci Code, she may well have come up with this elegant novel. --Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse"
Charming. --Publishers Weekly"
An admirable and literate debut novel. --Nashville Tennessean"
An entertaining debut. --Nashville Scene"
Engagingly suspenseful and rich with period detail. --BookPage"
The who-done-it is well designed and fun to follow. Tasha Alexander s historical mystery is terrific. --I LOVE A MYSTERY newsletter"
Fans of Anne Perry and Elizabeth Peters will welcome this debut novel. --Denver Post"
The story spans genres, appealing to lovers of suspense, history and romance...historically correct and beautifully done. --South Bend Tribune"
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
1) This book, "And only to deceive"
2) A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily)
3) A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily)
4) Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily Mysteries)
5) Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily Mysteries)
6) Crimson Warning, A (Lady Emily Mysteries)
7) Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily Mysteries)
At the start of this book the central character of the series, Lady Emily, moves in just three pages covering a few months in 1887 from being the unmarried daughter of an earl to the widow of a viscount. Emily's mother had been badgering her from the instant she came out as a debutante to make a brilliant match as soon as possible. When this incessant nagging to find a husband moved from the infuriating to the completely unbearable, Emily accepted the next reasonable offer for her hand, which came from Philip, Viscount Ashton, a fanatical hunter of big game and classical antiquities in that order.Read more ›
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author seemed to be unsure which kind of book she was writing. It alternates between a Regency romance and very thinly a mystery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maisa Mäkinen
Reading this series and am thoroughly enjoying these stories. They are unlike anything I have read before but I do tend to like stories which contain historical facts of one form... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Van
Sometimes, a book just doesn't work for me no matter how much I want to enjoy it. And Only to Deceive have everything that I should like, interesting characters, a mystery and a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marablaise
Not very good at all. Full of anachronisms and American English that would never have been used in Britain at that time especially by anyone from the upper classes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sinonia
I did read somewhere that these were poor relations of another American authors' attempts to portray the English aristocracy in Victorian times, i cannot really agree. Read morePublished 13 months ago by blossom
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 on 9 Jun. 2015 by Jan
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 on 14 May 2014 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.