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For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife.
Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind.
As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.
©2005 Tasha Tyska (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"This engaging, witty mix of Victorian cozy and suspense thriller draws its dramatic spark from the endearingly headstrong heroine's growth in life and love. A memorable debut." ( Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By nkevinsc on 03-05-15


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Tiresome heroine spends far too much time rationalizing her willful blindness. We are told that the hero worshiped her peerless beauty, intelligence and spirit, but Lady Emily shows herself to be narcissistic, stubborn, and not open to reason.

What could Tasha Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above.

What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is easy on the ears.

Could you see And Only to Deceive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, but I do hope not.

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12 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 02-26-15

Good mystery

This could be a really good movie. I was able to find myself laughing at some of the ludicrous moves of the Victorian culture. What a tedious time to have lived in!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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