The Counterfeit Heiress

The Counterfeit Heiress

Book - 2014
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"After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin's investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250024695
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm


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May 04, 2018

Very disappointed in this book. The main character seems to be very stuck on herself and shallow. The plot idea is good but the action is slow - a grindingly slow pace that does nothing to develop the characters into people that you'd actually like to meet (except for the victim). It was so bad that I turned back in the other book I checked out (by the same author) without reading it.

Oct 31, 2016

The ninth book in the Lady Emily series

Jun 03, 2016

BAD !! Really depressing, the way it handles the mental health issue of a main character and carries this theme throughout the book. I read her other books and really liked them, but this on is very "SUB-PAR".

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 26, 2015

This is Lady Emily's ninth outing, and while it's not my favorite in the series by any mean, it's still a decent enough effort. I do sometimes feel that the technique Alexander has adopted of alternating chapters between Emily and some other key fixture in the plot -- in this installment, that would be the titular heiress -- forces an awkward structure on some of her novels, though she carried it off in this case better than I thought she would. I wasn't super invested in the mystery, but was still intrigued enough to devour the book, as has been the case so often in this pleasant, if not spectacular series.

Oct 25, 2015

The alternating chapters moving from the present to the past is distracting. The overall plot also strains credibility.

Valerie E McEwan
Dec 14, 2014

I am new to the Lady Emily stories but decided to read the last 3 in the series. The first two were very engrossing and interesting, but this one's plot I found to be way too strange, so that is why I am rating it as I am.


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