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Publisher's Summary

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

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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  • nkevinsc
  • Colorado Springs CO United States
  • 03-05-15

Tiresome

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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narration through syrup

What did you like best about And Only to Deceive? What did you like least?

Interesting period in British history relating to the role of women in society. Again, it helps to be very wealthy for physical comfort, but hell for individual right to achieve. But the naiveté of the main character was annoying. Things easily explained if folks just talked to each other.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tasha Alexander? Why or why not?

No, not really. Not interesting enough in terms of the development of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

Absolutely not. Sounded like she was reading to three year olds who needed time to absorb each word - narrating through syrup. This is the second book from Audible I've had this problem with. I wonder if they are actually asking their narrators to slow down instead or reading at a more natural speaking speed.

Do you think And Only to Deceive needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not that intersted in the characters. Too shallow.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good but frustrating characters

What made the experience of listening to And Only to Deceive the most enjoyable?

The narrator is pretty good. SO much better than the next two narrators in books 2 and 3, which I had to return b/c I could barely listen to them. This series is actually much better when read, if you have that option.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 06-11-15

Just a boring book

Had a hard time to get through this book - very boring and dragged on and on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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padded with uninteresting dialog and detail

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Kate Reading did her best to enliven this soggy novel, but the story and characters are unoriginal and ultimately uninteresting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Book

I can't wait for the next one. It is a good read and really liked the people of the book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Tiresome too.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one.

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

More inflection in her voice. Kind of monotone and both the men and the women's voices sounded the same. Like a man.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I tried to listen to the complete book but found it rather tedious and I'm unable to do so. the voice used sounds far to old for what age I assume the character is supposed to be which made it rather difficult to picture a young widow, so every time they mention her remarrying I found it absurd.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Editor, oh editor, where art thou?!

Could have been so much shorter and nuanced. Seemed at the beginning to have an interesting premise, but then it seemed the author didn't know what to do with the storyline and had no guidance from her editor. Long, drawn out ending that lost what little interest I had to start with in these characters.

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Shorten the first 22 chapters, please

This book was boring for the first 22 chapters, then it got interesting. it took me 6 weeks to get to the chapter 23, then I finished it in 3 days. The narrator was much to haughty and made the listening difficult at best.