And Only to Deceive: A Novel of Suspense

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And Only to Deceive: A Novel of Suspense

And Only to Deceive A Novel of Suspense From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities betrayal

  • Title: And Only to Deceive: A Novel of Suspense
  • Author: Tasha Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780060756710
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murderAnd Only to DeceiveFor Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand socieFrom gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murderAnd Only to DeceiveFor 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 becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.Emily s intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband s favorite places There, amid priceless ancient statues, 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 surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

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    1. Khanh (the meanie) on said:

      "Don't fall in love with your dead husband, Kallista. It can bring you no joy."There are few emotions more painful than regret, more specifically, the regret of finally realizing that you love someone, only after they've left---or after they've died. How horrible must it be to realize that you can't tell someone you love them. To come face to face with your own self-absorbance, your own youthful folly, your inability to see beyond yourself to a great love that could have been? A great love that [...]

    2. Kaesa on said:

      This book? It was not my thing.It was certainly readable enough -- nice and popcorny and fun -- but the thing about popcorn reading is that suspension of disbelief with regard to anachronisms kind of relies on a certain kind of lightheartedness, at least for me.So when the narrator started going on and on about how she was now Free From The Bounds Of Society, my disbelief went crashing to the ground. Sure, I wouldn't want to have lived back then, but I feel like there's a way to do this kind of [...]

    3. Lisa Kay on said:

      ★★★★✩ I enjoyed this historical mystery very much and will definitely continue with the series. I’m glad I did this as a “buddy read,” as we were able to “dig” for clues together – making it all that more enjoyable. It connects with the Iliad and Greek artifacts in an engaging way, turning this novel into sophisticated fun for the mystery or suspense fan, with a touch of romance that is strictly “one foot on the floor.” Pictures pertaining to the book, that I found help [...]

    4. Lizzy on said:

      I’ve read all kind of books: there are those that made me cry, while with others I laughed; books that made me think and wonder or amuse me as I read them just for the kick of it.Tasha Alexander’sAnd Only to Deceive made me reflect, for it was different from the average historical fiction books I read recently. That is evident from its first paragraph:‘Few people would look kindly on my reasons for marrying Philip; neither love nor money nor his title induced me to accept his proposal. Yet [...]

    5. Melissa on said:

      This book started out very promising. As historical fiction, the author gets it right - enough detail for interest but not so much to bog down the story. She does not take too many liberties with the time period or setting. As a "novel of suspense" it is an engaging story not really a page turner but enough suspense to keep me anxious to read on.Where this book suffers most is with its heroine, Lady Emily Ashton. She is a young widow, a social station which makes her believe herself to be more w [...]

    6. Angie on said:

      I must confess. I feel a little bad about my relationship with Lady Emily Ashton. I came across her adventures in the wake of Lady Julia Grey's escapades and I fear I won't be able to do Emily justice, that she will always be overshadowed by Julia. And, um, Brisbane. Do not mistake me. I like Colin Hargreaves very much. He is a delight and I hope Emily never throws him over. But he's not.well. He's not Brisbane. There. I've said it. We can move on. If you haven't guessed by now, AND ONLY TO DECE [...]

    7. Bibliophile on said:

      And Only to Deceive is billed as a novel of suspense set in the 1880s (though mostly I’m in suspense as to whether the heroine will do some other wildly anachronistic thing!) Emily Ashton marries Philip Ashton solely to escape her mother’s nagging; he dies in a hunting accident shortly after their marriage and its only after his death that she realizes he was a man of hidden depths, which she begins to explore. There’s a mystery involving forgeries and stolen antiquities from Greece and a [...]

    8. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      Sometimes, a book just doesn't work for me no matter how much I want to enjoy it. And Only to Deceive have everything that I should like, interesting characters, a mystery and a tragic love story. However, somewhere along the way the story just lost my interest and unfortunately I never found it as interesting as it was, in the beginning, to read.So, what went wrong? Why did this book not appeal to me? I think the biggest problem for me was that the plot, Emily's hunt for the truth about Philips [...]

    9. Jacob Proffitt on said:

      This was a fun and an unexpectedly touching story featuring a woman who falls in love with her husband after he is dead. That central feature lends the book more weight, more poignancy, more engagement than it probably deserves. Not that Emily isn't engaging on her own. I particularly like her growing intellectual interests and determination to educate herself in areas that catch her attention. Attending lectures at university and hiring tutors for ancient language and art lessons just fit her s [...]

    10. Emily on said:

      While in Borders, I picked up Tasha Alexander's And Only to Deceive. I quickly was drawn into the opening chapters: Alexander's given her heroine, Emily Ashton, a wry, crisp tone that is enchanting. In that sitting, I could see the mystery part of the book approaching, but was much more interested in Ashton's intellectual awakening as she found herself suddenly in a position of increased social power and financial independence. At home that evening, I kept regretting not buying it and wanting to [...]

    11. Nan on said:

      As the novel opens, Lady Emily Ashton is horrified. She's a recent (and young) widow, and her period of half-mourning is not yet over. She's entered the stage where it's acceptable to participate in limited social events, and her mother plans to use these occasions to relaunch Emily into the marriage market. Emily had chosen to marry her husband to get away from her mother's matchmaking; apparently, even her status as a widow is not enough to protect her from her mother, now.Her husband died whe [...]

    12. Felicia on said:

      I didn't enjoy this book as much as Deanna Raybourn's "Silent" series, but it was entertaining. I couldn't help but compare the two as the protagonists have very similar setup: Rich, widowed, Victorian era, mystery about husband's death. This book seemed to dance around the story quite a bit, went off on tangents and had frequent periods of stalling in the middle. I enjoyed it, and will read the next though, as the setting is very interesting.

    13. Lynn on said:

      This one was a complete impulse buy. I picked it up because the jacket copy promised "a cauldron of intrigue, scandal, and danger" set in the British Museum and said it would be the result "had Jane Austen writtenThe Da Vinci Code."What hyperbole. It was none of those things. But it was a delightful, little, romantic Victorian cozy mystery. If anything, it reminded me of the Amelia Peabody mysteries - except instead of tracking down Egyptian artifacts in the field, the heroine of this novel trac [...]

    14. Twiggy Strauss on said:

      Was looking to add on to my love of Ann Perry/Elizabeth Peters Victorian mysteries. This, by first time author Tasha Alexander, was like a romance novel without the good romance parts. The "mystery" was lacking, solved within a few chapters. Characters were inconsistent, and our heroine was very flat for me.

    15. Mei on said:

      A very slow building. A very deitailed descriptions. A very intriguing premise of falling in love with a deceised husband.The first part was really slow, but it picked pace until at almost the very end it became really interesting!

    16. Olga Godim on said:

      This novel is subtitled “A Novel of Suspense,” but IMO it’s a misrepresentation. Suspense comprises a very small percentage of this story. Mostly, it’s a quaint historical novel, taking place in the end of the Victorian era. The protagonist Emily is a rich young widow. She had only been married for a few months before her husband died on a hunt in Africa. She never loved him, never even really knew him. She married him to escape her overbearing mother. A year after his funeral and almost [...]

    17. Susana on said:

      An engaging historical romance, with an interesting plot and a diverse number of well constructed characters. I loved the first page of the book,(as well, as the following's of course)but that one did an amazing job at catching my interest, presenting a character, with a very dry sense of humourWhen Lady Emily finds herself widowed, she cannot in thruth, consider herself saddened by her husband's demise. In fact, her husband's death, will give Emily, something she has longed for a long time now: [...]

    18. Tocotin on said:

      It was a new book and as such, pleasant to read. Also, I heard good things about it, so started out enjoying it. Then it turned out to be one of those smug stories where the hero/ine is so snarky, he/she can't keep from snarking even in his/her sleep. Tiresome to say the least. And the snark is not that good either. And the book is a historical only because the heroine gets to wear nice clothes, I suppose.Lady Emily married a guy just to save herself from her horrible meddling mother. The guy di [...]

    19. Melissa McShane on said:

      I have been re-rating some of my books after developing a new system, in which I rate based more on how I felt about a book than on its objective qualities, and came across this one after seeing another review of it. So I have to be honest. The prose style is average, it's got too many anachronisms, and the plot is ordinary. But I really liked it. Some of that is down to the characters, in particular the main character's approach to what life's given her, and I enjoyed the romance. And I remembe [...]

    20. Diane Lynn on said:

      Really 2.5 stars, I had to force myself to finish it.I didn't find much of a mystery here, it was obvious from the start what was going on and who was doing it. Also, very little romance and no suspense make for a very dull book. I did find the bits about Greek antiquities interesting.At one point I thought the story was going to have an interesting twist but that didn't pan out so I hung on to the end and was disappointed.I won't be recapping, the blurb does a decent job of that.

    21. Susanna - Censored by GoodReads on said:

      Actually 2.5 stars. Ambitious but with serious problems.For a further review: susannagoklikes/post/64 .

    22. Tracey on said:

      This felt so very much like well, several books I've read before, but especially Silent in the Grave: Both were in the first person. In both, a Victorian lady is widowed, doesn't mind very much, finds out much later poor old hubby, Philip, Viscount Ashton, was murdered, and conducts investigation alongside husband's friend (with whom there are sparks) while stressing constantly about what to wear and when can I get out of mourning for heaven's sake it's not like I loved him. In both, I wound up [...]

    23. Pandora Black on said:

      Voilà une nouvelle série à lire ! Il y a même un Colin ;) J'ai particulièrement aimé le contexte, avec Emily qui est veuve d'un époux qu'elle a à peine connu et qui tombe peu à peu sous son charme au travers de ce qu'elle découvre sur lui. Il y a des moment doux amers, mais il y a aussi beaucoup d'humour, et une galerie de personnages secondaires allant du plus horripilant (mon dieu quelle mère horrible) aux plus sympathiques (Ivy, tu es très chouette, et les majordomes sont définit [...]

    24. Lauren on said:

      And Only to Deceive4 StarsLady Emily Ashton is quite relieved when she learns of her husband's death in Africa for their marriage was one of convenience. However, after reading Phillip's journals, Emily realizes that he was a man of great depths with a passion for antiquities and for his wife. Emily's need to know more soon leads her to the British Museum and into a dark and dangerous mystery revolving around stolen artifacts. It would seem that historical mysteries with "Lady" in the series tit [...]

    25. Emily on said:

      Fluff, but well-writen fluff. some anachronisms that probably made it more enjoyable to be honest (yay feminism).

    26. Ana T. on said:

      When I read the back cover of this book I was immediately interested. There's something very appealing and romantic about getting to know someone by his letters and personal papers. Unfortunately for Lady Ashton her husband is already dead when she starts to get to know him that way.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 thei [...]

    27. Jane on said:

      Where I got the book: bought retail at author eventAnd Only To Deceive was Tasha Alexander's debut novel and the introduction of Lady Emily Ashton. It's the late 1880s, and Emily has been widowed soon after her wedding. As she only married to escape her mother's incessant matchmaking, she is not mourning her husband--until she begins to learn about, and share, his interest in Greek culture and antiquities. She then falls in love with him for the first time, until she begins to discover that he m [...]

    28. Allison on said:

      And Only To Deceive is the first of a cozy historical mystery series set in the Victorian era. Our amateur sleuth is Lady Emily, a widow who is guilt-ridden because she didn't love her husband - or even really know him. As she sets out attempting to find a way to mourn him properly, she realizes both the freedoms and dangers of widowhood, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Along with a budding interest in Greek antiquities and art, she also discovers that her husband's death was not as [...]

    29. CLM on said:

      An entertaining new author of historical romance, despite some anachronistic language. It is somewhat similar in tone and style to Anne Perry's Charlotte Pitts series, and while I found the actual mystery somewhat dull I enjoyed the characters, setting, and writing. The heroine was annoying for the first half of the book when she seemed wooden and unfeeling. Later it became clear that the main point of the book was that her conventional and restricted upbringing had prevented her from any sort o [...]

    30. BAM The Bibliomaniac on said:

      GR has recommends this book to me for at least a year. I chanced upon it at a used book sale and thought, "what the hell?" I'm ever so glad I did! The only downfall to the plot is that the heroine doesn't enjoy coffee!?!??!! Of course, she is a Victorian lady, so it's tea for her, but she is so spunky that taking a glass of port after dinner with the gentlemen is quite acceptable. The plot left me questioning until the very end. I really didn't know who to blame for the crimes committed and was [...]

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