Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy the life she has built for herself in this all-new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author Victoria Thompson.
The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Logan Carstens, the son and heir of a wealthy family, seems less than happy to be home and with good reason. While Logan was in France, he fell in love with a beautiful French woman named Noelle. He desperately wanted to propose, but he was already engaged and felt bound to honor his commitment.
When Logan receives a letter supposedly from Noelle begging for money to help her flee the terrible conditions in France and come to America, Elizabeth is suspicious. There is no way to verify the letter is actually from Noelle, and she fears that a con man or woman might be trying to take advantage of Logan in his vulnerable state.
But that is not all Elizabeth has to worry about. Vicious thug Oscar Thornton has gotten wind of her wedding announcement and realizes the woman who conned him is still alive and well. Gideon and Elizabeth have to figure out a way to help their friend while making sure their worst enemy does not destroy their future. . . .
About the Author
Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries including Murder on Pleasant Avenue, and the Counterfeit Lady Mysteries including City of Scoundrels.
Praise for City of Schemes
“This has humor and high stakes. If you like the idea of a 1918 version of Ocean's Eleven, then this is the book for you. Rating: Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list”—Mysteries and My Musings
“A charming period piece, exciting and amusing in equal quantities.”--Kirkus
“City of Schemes is a fantastic book. It will pull you in from page one, and you’ll be reluctant to set it down when you read the end. I’m already looking forward to finding out what the future holds for Elizabeth and Gideon.”--Carstairs Considers
“It is a pleasure spending time with Elizabeth and Gideon, and I hope there are many more adventures ahead. City of Schemes can be read as a standalone but is probably best enjoyed as part of the series. Recommended.”—Open Book Society
“There are so many twists, turns, and double-crosses and it was all wonderful. I couldn't put the book down.” Saph’s Cozy Corner