And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive

eBook - 2007
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Emily agreed to wed Philip, the Viscount Ashton, primarily to escape her overbearing mother. Philip's death while on safari soon after their wedding left Emily feeling little grief, for she barely knew the dashing stranger. But her discovery of his journals nearly two years later reveals a far different man than she imagined--a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who apparently loved his new wife deeply. Emily's desire to learn more of her late husband leads her through the quiet corners of the British Museum and into a dangerous mystery involving rare stolen artifacts. To complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond matrimony into darker realms.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061739231


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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!

ArapahoeBridget 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.

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.

martha_w 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.

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!

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!

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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