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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Lady Emily and Colin Solve the Murder of the Counterfeit Heiress

The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another installment of Emily and Colin sleuthing through London and Paris for the murderer of a wanna-be actress turned midwife. Mary Darby appears at the costume ball of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire claiming to be renowned world traveler, Estella LaMar, who has not been in London for over 20 years. Emily's good friend, Cecile knew Estella when they were young women in Paris and immediately confronts Mary, who runs frantically from the Ball. She is soon located several blocks away brutally murdered.

Of course, at this point her true identity in unknown and becomes the first order of business for our married crime detectives. Although finding her murderer is their main goal, the location of the real Estella LaMar is important to the quest. Through alternating chapters the reader is kept one step ahead of Emily, Colin and their cohorts, Cecile and Jeremy in Estella's story as well as in step with their chief investigation. Both plots move ever closer together as the tale moves along rapidly to its conclusion.

Adding to the interest is the author's note in which she gives the sources of her story lines. They themselves are as interesting as the fictional tale she has woven from them.

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