City of Scoundrels

City of Scoundrels

Elizabeth Miles finds herself in a position no con can help her escape. Her beloved fiancé, Gideon Bates, is awaiting his turn in the draft to fight in the Great War. Elizabeth is finding it hard to think of anything else, but Gideon has thrown himself into his work, preparing wills for soldiers before they ship out. Corporal Tom Preston is part owner of Preston Shoes, a company that is making footwear for the army, so he has a rather large estate. He needs a new will, however, because he has just been secretly married to a woman whom his family would never approve. He wants to make sure she and their unborn child are provided for if he does not return.

When Tom is later reported killed, Elizabeth and Gideon learn that the new will has gone missing after Tom's bride revealed her identity to his family. Unless the new will is found and validated, the original will, which leaves everything to Tom's brother, will prevail and the wife and child will get nothing. If Tom's new bride survives, that is. Some terrible threats have been leveled against her, and Elizabeth and Gideon must figure out a way, legal or not quite, to secure Tom's fortune for his wife and child while saving her life in the process.

Title:City of Scoundrels
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984805652
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    City of Scoundrels Reviews

  • Joe Krakovsky

    The way Victoria describes how criminals cheat folks out of their money makes me wonder just what she use to do before she started writing books? I mean it was that good! Now I am almost sorry I sent ...

  • Mark Baker

    It’s the fall of 1918, and the draft age for World War I has been increased, upsetting Elizabeth Miles since her fiance, Gideon Bates, has been drafted. Gideon is focusing his last few weeks as a ci...

  • Betty

    I have learn of things that happened during the World War that I didn't know to my knowledge we didn't have The American Protective League in WW TWO. It seems those of German descent were treated simi...

  • Shelley

    *Source* Library*Genre* Historical / Mystery*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*City of Scoundrels, by Victoria Thompson, is the third installment in the authors Counterfeit Lady series. The Counterfeit Lady series...

  • Julianne Bailey

    I really enjoyed the setting and plot of this mystery. Elizabeth and Gideon were interesting and well-written characters. I loved all of the historical details woven throughout, and the author did a p...

  • Kate Baxter

    3.5 / 5.0 starsThe is the third installment in author Victoria Thompson's charming, "A Counterfeit Lady Novel" mystery series. As in a previous installment, a young woman is cheated out of her anticip...

  • Rachel Burke

    Another great one!This time Lizzie, Gideon, and the Old Man take on war profiteering, a shot ring, and her desire to help a pregnant war widow. Legal machinations involving wills, probate, a land deal...

  • Laura Hill

    Writing: 3 Plot: 3.5 Character: 4Another fun historical mystery in Thompson’s Counterfeit Lady series. This episode is set in New York amid the American Protective League, the dollar-a-year men, and...

  • Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This series continues to be particularly excellent. Victoria Thompson knows the time period well, and this time the s...

  • Helen

    Another great entry in the series. I love how Thompson melds the talents of Elizabeth and Gideon, who on the surface possess very different value systems, yet together they are formidable in helping f...