Mistress of Lies



MOL_cover_final (1)SYNOPSIS:
Mistress of Fortune #2
Author: Holly West
Release Date: Sept, 29 2014
Publisher: Carina

London, 1679

Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London’s elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king’s offer to move into the palace.

Isabel’s plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother’s death, twelve years after it happened.

Isabel’s investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother’s dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.

About The Author

holly_headshot_0214Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in several anthologies and her debut historical mystery, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, will be published by Carina Press in 2014.


My Thoughts:
Captivating from the very start!  Mistress of Lies was a read that was very easy to immerse myself in.  Often I find myself ‘trying’ to get into the period of a historical setting, with Mistress of Lies, it was an immediate immersion.  The characters were delivered very naturally and without too much description.  I enjoyed the different sides of the characters and how they were not overdone.  The story and characters worked well with each other, but also worked against each other, in a good way.  The entire story was one that I really enjoyed as we journeyed through the pages.  It was very easy to find myself lost in the pages in a time long ago.  Ms. West easily provides a piece of work that captivates, intrigues, and pleases a reader.  I certainly look forward to more of her work.
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