9781427244369

The Counterfeit Heiress

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Summary

In Tasha Alexander’s novel The Counterfeit Heiress, 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.

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Tasha Alexander is the author of the Lady Emily novels, a series of historical suspense, including Tears of Pearl and Dangerous to Know. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK.

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1. Emily has constant obstacles thrown in her way because she is a woman. Are there any ways, however, that being a nineteenth-century woman works to her advantage?

2. Britain in 1897 was a society with enormous gaps between the wealthy and the poor. What would Mary Darby have thought when she saw the interior of Devonshire House?

3. How much more difficult would it be for any of us today to disappear in the way Estella did? Does modern technology limit us as much as it helps us?

4. Do you believe Jeremy’s stated goal of being “the most useless man in England”? Why or why not?

5. Was the decision to move the bodies of the famous— Abélard and Héloïse, Molière, among others—to PèreLachaise morally sound? What about the skeletons stacked in the Catacombs? Do we worry less about the moral implications of the treatment of human remains when we can’t identify the individuals?

6. Are there ways in which Cécile, who has very rigid ideas about certain aspects of her life, and Estella are similar? Where is the line between charmingly eccentric and mad?

7. How morally culpable is Farrington Jones? He shouldn’t have kidnapped Estella, but, in the end, did he actually make it possible for her to live the way she desired? Or, might she have lived a “normal” life if he’d never taken her?

8. Should Estella’s servants have suspected something was amiss when they went so many years without seeing their mistress?

9. What do you think of Estella’s decision to re-create the tomb in her house? Would she have preferred to stay in the original?

10. Estella’s version of happiness is not one many others would share. Does that make it less valid?

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“Author Tasha Alexander is one to watch–and read. . . . despite her cliffhanger climaxes and witty repartee, there’s a depth of sensitivity which sets her apart.” —The Huffington Post on Dangerous to Know

“With wisps of darkness, shadows of a ghost story and embers of heightened Freudian themes, Dangerous to Know is the perfect novel to curl up with and chase away the world.” —Examiner.com

“Infused with wit and charm, with just the right amounts of danger, romance and detection blended in.” —Denver Post on Tears of Pearl

“[Tears of Pearl] will please readers of Anne Perry, Laurie R. King, and Deanna Raybourn seeking a new fan-favorite author.” —Library Journal on Tears of Pearl

“A thoroughly enjoyable adventure with both historical texture and emotional depth.” —Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author on A Fatal Waltz

“Alexander’s sweetly choreographed plot dances between her wonderfully drawn sleuth, Lady Ashton, and Victorian high society.” —Julie Spencer-Fleming, Edgar Award finalist and author of All Mortal Flesh on A Poisoned Season

“Alexander excels in depicting the social mores of a society uncomfortable with the independence of women, and deftly allows the plot to develop in tandem with Emily’s growth.” —The Baltimore Sun on And Only to Deceive

The Counterfeit Heiress Full Details

NarratorBianca Amato
Lengthnull hours
AuthorTasha Alexander
PublisherMPS
Release dateOctober 14 2014
ISBN9781427244369

Subjects in The Counterfeit Heiress

The Counterfeit Heiress includes the following subjects: Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths. The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Historical.

About the Author(s) of The Counterfeit Heiress

The author of The Counterfeit Heiress is Tasha Alexander. TASHA ALEXANDER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lady Emily mystery series. The daughter of two philosophy professors, she studied English literature and medieval history at the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, live on a ranch in southeastern Wyoming.

About the Narrator of The Counterfeit Heiress Audiobook

The narrator for the The Counterfeit Heiress Audiobook is Bianca Amato.

The Counterfeit Heiress Audiobook Additional Info

The imprint is Macmillan Audio. It is supplied by MPS. The ISBN-10 is 1427244367. The ISBN-13 is 9781427244369.

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