Books from the Backlog #161

Posted April 29, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 34 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #161City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
Series: Counterfeit Lady #1
ISBN: 9780399586576
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on November 7, 2017
Genres: 20th Century, Fiction, General, Historical, Mystery & Detective, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, eBook
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From the national bestselling author of the Gaslight Mysteries comes the first Counterfeit Lady novel—the intriguing start of a historical mystery series featuring woman-on-the-run Elizabeth Miles.

Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him.

With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own. She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son, Gideon, is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world.

Elizabeth knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.

Why did I add City of Lies  to my bookshelf?

I downloaded this one from Edelweiss back in 2017. I loved the sound of it, and I still do, but it got lost in my virtual stacks for one reason or another. I was looking at the audiobook seriously this week and I think that I have decided to go ahead and buy it and finally give this story the attention that it deserves. I seem to have more time to listen to books than read them in any other form these days. I only have 9 books left that I need to review from Edelweiss and I would love to be completely caught up before the end of the year so reading this one will be one step closer to reaching that goal.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?

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About Victoria Thompson

Victoria Thompson is the Edgar® and Agatha Award-nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries and numerous historical novels. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her family.

34 responses to “Books from the Backlog #161

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  1. I’m trying to get to old downloaded books from Edelweiss, too, and just downloaded two audios to help with that. Edelweiss sent a new version of their site over and it included books I downloaded years ago and never reviewed. Somehow I didn’t see them in the old version, but I was a little mortified by the list! A few I’ll probably purge as they no longer seem like something I’d enjoy now. Good luck in catching up with your shelves there, too! 🙂

    • Oh no! I don’t think that I have any books hiding on Edelweiss that I don’t know about. At least, I hope not!

    • Well, I know that I will not be caught up with NetGalley so maybe I should focus on Edelweiss which is a possibility.

  2. I really enjoyed this one! I didn’t love the later books in the series but I think this one was one of my favorite books of the year. I hope you get to it soon.