City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson
This is the second installment in Thompson's new Counterfeit Lady series, and it was soooo good! I have loved Thompson’s Gaslight series for years, and with this new series she has really outdone herself. Elizabeth, the heroine, is a con artist, daughter of New York’s finest con man, who ends up using her skills to solve mysteries and right wrongs that the police won’t touch. When she falls in love with an upstanding lawyer, they both have to find a way to accept her past, her talents, and a way to move forward that honors who they each are and want to be.
In City of Secrets, there’s something fishy about the local pastor and his lovely new wife, and about the remarriage of a young, wealthy widow in the congregation that they helped arrange. When the widow’s money suddenly runs out, all sorts of sordid stories and unsavory people appear. When the law refuses to intervene, can Elizabeth save the young widow’s fortune and reputation?
Rollicking good fun with a complex and well-planned mystery that kept me guessing, then left me impressed with its resolution, this is fast becoming one of my favorite period mystery series. Bravo, Victoria Thompson!