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“Lady Emily Ashton is less than upset when her husband Viscount Philip Ashton dies on an African safari. Although he seemed a nice enough person, Emily did not love him, and the marriage was, for her, one of convenience, a way to have a home of her own away from her overbearing mother. So it is...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I was really disappointed with this book. I thought I would enjoy it but the author's style did not agree with my personal taste. I skipped ahead and skimmed through most of the book hoping it would get better but it never did. In the end I gave up and returned it to the library. Reading this...”see full review » see other reviews »
“And Only To Deceive is the first of a cozy historical mystery series set in the Victorian era. Our amateur sleuth is Lady Emily, a widow who is guilt-ridden because she didn't love her husband - or even really know him. As she sets out attempting to find a way to mourn him properly, she realizes both the freedoms and dangers of widowhood, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Along with a budding interest in Greek antiquities and art, she also discovers that her husband's death was not as simple as it appeared. Not knowing who to trust but dizzy with freedom, she stumbles headlong into danger.
This is the kind of mystery I can really get into. It's not just all about the mystery and putting together the clues. But it's not just a historical romance, either. It's about the time period, the social scene, the friendships, the romance, and the mystery all at once. There's the focus on antiquities and museums and art, and on Emily discovering that she enjoys scholarship on her own, as well as other scandalous male activities like drinking port. There's the setting, which is in Paris more than London, and a nice change from the usual. There are Emily's adventures while exploring her new-found freedom in society, finding new friends in a less restrictive atmosphere, insisting on doing things that are traditionally reserved only for men, and getting into trouble because of it.
I can't love it as much as The Lady Julia Grey series simply because there's no impetuous Brisbane with a touch of the paranormal to spice up the story. This one seems very ordinary and within the bounds of upper society to me - at least in comparison. Still, I recommend this to those who like their mysteries diluted with drama and a dab of romance.”
“Great historical mystery with a touch of romance. Emily is a widow just finishing her year of mourning for her husband who died on a hunting trip in Africa. She begins to fall in love with her husband by reading his journal and following his interest in Greek antiquities but he wasn't all he appeared to be in their short marriage. Was he a criminal or a hero? And who among his friends should she trust? ”April J wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a delightful historical that reminds me of Deanna Raybourn's series. It features an unconventional widowed Victorian lady who enjoys learning. She helps uncover art thefts and forgeries and finds out that her husband was murdered and helps apprehend his killer. Lady Emily Ashton is a very likable and spunky heroine and I look forward to reading about her further adventures.”Rick B wrote this review Wednesday, June 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very slow paced, gentle. Not rich in descriptions, but nice. Seven in the series. Plan to read more. Reminded me of a serious version of Rhys Bowen's Lady Georgianna series. ”Tamara wrote this review Tuesday, May 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful detail !”Rebecca wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I guess this is technically a murder mystery but it is a bit more like a mild historical adventure story. It is the adventure of a newly widowed young woman who is exploring the world now that she's no longer tied down by social rules that give control over her to her parents or husband. However this is still written within straight laced, repressed Victorian England, so nothing is very wild or modern about Emily's explorations. The story goes to the continent and much of the focus of the characters' concerns includes various colonies in Africa too. This book was not at all un-put-downable, but the main character and situations are quite well written and believable. I might buy the following stories when I need a satisfying book that I can put down when it's time to get some sleep.”Anne-Marie wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lady Emily Ashton is in mourning after her husband's mysterious death in Africa. She gets caught up in the intrigue of stolen and forged artifacts, not wanting to believe her husband is the culprit. A mystery set in Victorian England, this book is suspenseful as well as descriptive of the era.”Verna L wrote this review Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice easy read. ”zezettep P wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was a pleasant surprise because I usually don't enjoy mysteries or suspenseful novels. This one revolved around the life of Lady Ashton (Emily), a strong minded woman during the 19th century. The details surrounding the death of her husband, the locale, and artwork all conspired to make an enjoyable historical fiction novel.”Mrs. Cat wrote this review Sunday, August 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No