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A murder...a missing boy...a secret society's bold and deadly plot....
It is 1898, and Professor Concordia Wells has come to expect the hectic routine of classes, clubs, teas, and the inevitable student pranks at the women's college. If only she could avoid the cantankerous dean, Randolph Maynard, who has learned about her past experiences as a "lady sleuth." To Concordia’s dismay, he scrutinizes her every move for evidence of unseemly conduct. 
The dean will certainly scowl over the lady professor's behavior when a disastrous turn of events affects those she loves. First, a mysterious woman claims that Concordia's young friend, the eleven-year-old Eli, is her long-lost child. Soon after, they find the woman murdered and the boy gone. 
Lieutenant Capshaw is given the case, only to be abruptly replaced by a junior associate. An innocuous reassignment, or something more? 
Concordia calls upon a former ally, Penelope Hamilton, for help. As they search for the child and untangle the mystery of his mother's death, Concordia realizes that not even her own colleagues are above suspicion. Not knowing whom at the school to trust as she attempts to sidestep Dean Maynard's continual scrutiny, she must tread carefully. Far more is at risk than the loved ones she seeks to protect, and there is no turning back.
©2014 K.B. Owen (P)2017 K.B. Owen
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4 out of 5 stars
By Avalon on 02-16-18

Late Victorian Mayhem

Concordia Wells is observant and intuitive. She stretches the boundaries of what is expected of a female professor at Hartford Women's College in the late Victorian 1890's through her sleuthing and pursuit of mysterious clues. Smart, kind, and loyal, she pursues her leads in ladylike fashion while solving complex conundrums. The narrator brought this story alive through subtle voice differentiation, adding to the story and the listening experience. I received a free review copy of Unseemly Ambition in exchange for an honest review, and honestly, I liked this book, and especially liked Concordia. I'll be looking forward to following her future exploits.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 02-12-18

Thrilling Murder Mystery Set in Victorian Era!

Unseemly Ambition is the third book in the wonderful Concordia Wells Mysteries written by K.B. Owen; in my humble opinion, it is the best in the series. It is thrilling, engaging, and quite enjoyable. The series centers around the title character, Concordia Wells, who is a college professor at an all-women's college in New York during the Victorian era. She not only teaches several classes, she is also a live-in chaperone to the young ladies attending the college. And of course, because this is a cozy mystery, Concordia can't help but get involved in solving a few mysteries.

In this story, Concordia gets involved in solving a murder, finding a missing boy, and unearthing a secret society that might be involved in several murders. With the "Me Too" outcry in the news these days, I really appreciated how this book concentrated on how hard it was for women at the turn of the Century. Concordia is a great example of a young woman wanting an identity outside of marriage. I especially loved the three young engineers who disassembled the college President's motorcar and reassembled it inside an office only to prove the point that females are smart and just as capable of engineering skills as men. I was so proud of them! Similarly, I appreciated Concordia's boyfriend's struggle to accept her for who she is.

I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Becket Royce. Becket is one of my favorite narrators because she provides differing voices for all of the characters and her narration style is very engaging and realistic. Becket also did a fantastic job with making an Irishman sound Irish without laying on the brogue too heavily. I can't wait to listen the next book in this great series!

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