And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive

Book - 2006
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From New York Times bestselling author Tasha Alexander, a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder

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 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. To complicate matters, she's juggling two 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.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061148446
006114844X
Branch Call Number: FIC Alexa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 321 p

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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Oct 04, 2016

Hooray! A new mystery series that I can sink my teeth into. The pace of this is a bit slower, but I enjoyed the details about ancient Greek history and literature. I also loved the characters including heroine Lady Emily. I particularly enjoyed how her unexpected widowhood is the impetus for soul-searching and self realization. The setting of Victorian England is always a bonus for me as well!

AL_BRIDGET Aug 24, 2016

Sweet and compelling read, with nice mystery elements and a super likeable main character. If you enjoy historical stories or mysteries with determined heroines, this would be a great choice.

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nidofito
Apr 26, 2016

Slow-going and detailed, yet accurately set and intellectually stimulating, And Only to Deceive provides a new look at historical mystery with widow Emily Ashton, who grieves for a husband she does not know and finds solace and interest in Greek art and language. The story has opinionated women, most of which have either been shunned or considered eccentric for London's polite society, and I can't say that it harms them in long-term seeing as these women seem to have much more power than those who are in the ton's good graces. It got a bit draggy towards the middle, but the ending peaked my interest enough to want to read the sequel.

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marthabwaters
Sep 24, 2015

This is an enjoyable Victorian mystery featuring a widow, Lady Emily Ashton, who learns more about her husband after his death as she investigates his interest in antiquities and the circumstances surrounding his death. I'd recommend this as a readalike for Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, and although this one doesn't quite match the wit and overall sparkle of that series, it's still a solid enough mystery with interesting characters, and I'll certainly be continuing with the series.

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rosy25
Jul 09, 2013

The book is reach in Greek mythology, statues, books and art in general. The plot keeps you entertain till the end. The romance is very passionate but elegantly described. Lady Emily, whose intelligence, independence and open minded does not fit society's conventionalism, is interesting. A great book to read!

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EmilyEm
Jul 21, 2011

Lady Emily Ashton is married only a few months when her husband dies on a hunting trip in Africa. Coping with her somewhat guilty feelings?did she really love this man??she immerses herself in Philip's passion for Greece and its antiquities, learning all she can and finding some surprising mysteries. Meanwhile, some of Philip's male friends hover around this wealthy widow, just waiting for her to emerge from two years of mourning.

Alexander's heroine is fun to get to know as is Colin Hargreaves?a very Mr. Darcy-like friend in Colin Firth guise! I've heard her books keep getting better. I will keep reading for now. This is a good first effort.

Thundymac Jun 11, 2011

A lot to enjoy in this light read. Mystery, romance, (not to much just a lttle mild hand holding) and a few good chuckles. And as for Colin, what a Sensitive New Age Guy!

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SGP
Sep 20, 2009

Excellent Victoria era mystery/romance with a new sleuth by the name of Lady Emily Ashton. If you like Jane Austen type books like the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mysteries or Elizabeth Aston, you should find this enjoyable as well.

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