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And Only to Deceive Audiobook

And Only to Deceive: Lady Emily, Book 1

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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

What the Critics Say

"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 03-05-15
    nkevinsc 03-05-15
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    "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.


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 02-26-15
    Kim 02-26-15
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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!

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    Nora R. Barth 06-22-15 Member Since 2017
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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.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 11-06-15
    Lauren 11-06-15 Member Since 2014
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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.


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    Christy Carson 03-20-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 05-09-17
    Rebecca Sandy, UT, United States 05-09-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A very slow read"
    What would have made And Only to Deceive better?

    It moved very slowly a bit repetitive and I hate to say boring.


    Has And Only to Deceive turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    The narrator was ok


    Any additional comments?

    It was a hard book to stick with not much happens ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 03-06-17
    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 03-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed reading when first published and now enjoyed listening to the audio."

    Due to genetic retinal problems, I have been ordered to cut back reading and have substituted unabridged audio books for most of my "readiing." I am still a visual oriented person but am learning to become a better listener.

    Plot Synopsis:

    This is actually the first in a series of mystery novels about the heroine Emily.

    In order to escape her obnoxious mother (who began to measure debutante Emily's waist every morning), she accepts a marriage proposal from the sandy haired Viscount Phillip Ashton. Her husband dies on an African safari 6 months after her wedding. While in full mourning, Emily spends her time in her late husband's marvelous library, reading to her heart's content. On a visit to the British Museum, she discovers that besides hunting wild game, her husband was a scholar and antiquities expert who had given fine Greek antiquities to the museum. Thus begins her intellectual adventures in Roman and Greek myths and art. After a year of deep mourning, Emily's obnoxious mother begins a campaign to get Emily remarried. To escape her mother, she travels to Paris to stay until she is out of all mourning. She has no desire to remarry since she is mistress of the very large fortune left to her by Phillip and enjoys it.

    In Paris she meets all kinds of interesting people, including the artist Renoir. She also realizes she is being spied on, what would be called stalking nowadays, by a man with a scar.

    This is the first novel in a series about Emily and the best friend of her late husband, a man as dark as her late husband was fair, Colin Hargreaves. The book is slow moving because it is written in a Victorian era memoir style (think Henry James) and yet I find Emily, her best friend Ivy, and her husband's friend Colin Hargreaves quite interesting, as well as the French friends she makes and French Parisian society. It is also clear that Emily is involved in a mystery left behind by her late husband's doings. Besides the man with the scar, there is the persistent appearance of members of an English Lord who are pursuing the late Viscount's papers and notes. It is important to remember that as a debutante, Emily was probably a mere 17 or 18 when she was married so she was not a woman of the world or very mature initially. The series follows her development into a real woman, one who develops intellectual curiosity and a craving for adventures unusual for a Victorian English woman.

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    S. Johnston 01-11-17
    S. Johnston 01-11-17
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    "Milk toast"

    Plus narrator very annoying - disappointed as from other reviews I thought this would be a better book

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    TERRY FORLIN 10-14-16
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    "Great mystery!!"

    I very much enjoyed listening to this book. I would recommend it to everyone to read/listen.

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    Laurie Leiker Austin, TX 09-28-16
    Laurie Leiker Austin, TX 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tasha Alexander is exceptional "

    What a fantastic experience. A heroine who is smart, witty and a rebel, in a time when women were expected to hide those qualities, if they existed. Can't get enough of Lady Emily!

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