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And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily) (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Tasha Alexander

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Title:And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily)
Authors:Tasha Alexander
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2006), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Mystery, Recently Read
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Tags:ebook, period mystery, 13 in 13, ROOT, TIOLI, AlphaCAT

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And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (2005)

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Love the series! Look forward to reading book 2 ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Lady Ashton is unexpectedly widowed shortly after the wedding when her husband dies on safari. Knowing very little of him, she embraces his interests in antiquities and finds herself caught wondering what really happened.

Combining the Victorian period restrictions for a woman with the mystery was thoroughly gripping, leading the reader along an unexpected path. ( )
  cyderry | Jun 5, 2016 |
This is a very entertaining read, quite suspenseful and charmingly amusing. I enjoyed the characters, the mysteries surrounding Greek art, and women playing with their roles in English society.

Suffice it to say, I definitely plan to continue reading the Lady Emily Ashton series.
  Connie-D | Feb 5, 2016 |
The fascinating world of nineteenth century Victorian high society is combined with the historical mystery novel in “And Only to Deceive”, the first book in Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily Mystery series. When Viscount Philip Ashton unexpectedly dies in an African hunting expedition, his young and beautiful wife, Lady Emily Ashton, finds herself a widow after only a few short months of marriage. Eager to discover the sort of man her late husband was, Emily pursues his interests in classical antiquity and finds a man much more interesting and mysterious than she had initially thought. More than that, however, she finds evidence to suggest that her husband may not have been as honest as she thought, uncovering a complicated plot of art forgeries involving some of the best artifacts exhibited in the British Museum.

Lady Emily Ashton finds herself acting as amateur detective in a mystery that takes her to the British Museum, where she uncovers an art forgery plot involving artifacts from the Greek galleries. With the help of a colorful mix of female friends Emily sets out to get to the bottom of the forgeries as well as exploring the possibility that her late husband’s death may not have been accidental.

I thought the author did a great job in her historical portrayals of societal roles in late Victorian England. She gave us a range of charismatic, intelligent females who are fully-formed and varied. Plus it was just plain entertaining and engaging. Some of its plot twists are predictable but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of this new series. There are now nine books in this series and I definitely plan to read them all. Next up.....A Poisoned Season.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Tasha Alexander's debut novel is a quick reading mystery set in Victorian England. Even though I had one of the villains correctly pegged early in the story, it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. I also enjoyed learning more about Victorian life and customs. I'm looking forward to Alexander's next book. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Epigraph
On first looking into Chapman's Homer

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific - and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise -
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

- John Keats
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FOR MATT
"my soul's far better part..."
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Few people would look kindly on my reasons for marrying Philip; neither love nor money nor his title induced me to accept his proposal.
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For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006114844X, Paperback)

From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder

And Only to Deceive

For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.

Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

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Accepting a dashing viscount's marriage proposal as part of a plan to escape her overbearing mother, Emily finds herself widowed early after her marriage and subsequently learns that her husband was not who he professed to be, a discovery that prompts an investigation in the quiet corridors of the British Museum.… (more)

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