For Emily, the sudden proposal of Philip, Viscount Ashton, freed her from her overbearing mother, set on a grand match. When the new groom died on safari, she felt little grief. Two years later, his journals reveal surprises, a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector deeply in love with his wife.
In his beloved quiet British Museum, she finds a dangerous secret while juggling two suitors, one whose intentions may go beyond marriage. Her search to solve the crime leads to more surprises about Philip, and questions about her role as a woman in Victorian society.
Rating: A- for narration; B- for content
This is the first book in Ms Alexander’s nine (so far) book Lady Emily series of mysteries set in the late Victorian era, but is the most recently recorded of the set. A look around Audible (US) shows that Book 2 (although it’s not labelled as such) is available, as are Books 6-9 and a couple of series novellas. I believe Book 3 (A Fatal Waltz) is scheduled for release soon, although unfortunately without Kate Reading at the helm.
At the beginning of And Only to Deceive, Lady Emily Ashton, a young widow, is soon to reach the end of the mourning period for her husband Philip, who died while on safari in Africa shortly after their marriage.
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