MISTRESS OF LIES by Holly West Blog Tour & Book Review

Mistress of Fortune #2
Author: Holly West
Release Date: Sept, 29 2014
Publisher: Carina

London, 1679
Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.

Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.

Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.

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About The Author:
Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in several anthologies and her debut historical mystery, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, will be published by Carina Press in 2014.

My Review:
The first book Mistress of Fortune is set in England during the rule of Charles II. A fiendish plot is brought to the attention of Mistress Ruby a local fortuneteller who relentlessly follows the breadcrumbs of clues to discover who is behind this murderess plot. This first book was good kept me hooked and entertained. The mystery was tricky to figure out which made for a good read. The stories setting and characters were well written and make this a fun read. My only concern was the categorizing of this book as a romance when there was very little romance left in the background. The fact that the romance wasn't the main focus of the book does not take away from its attraction.
The same goes for the romance in the second book too.
The second book Mistress of Lies was better than the first in my opinion. You could read the second book first if you want because it does not take away from this books plot, but you might feel like you are missing something like characters history and development from the first book. Still the second book is good and introduces a new character who I liked, Susanna. The plot of this one was great because the lead character mistress Ruby tries to solve a current murder mystery as well as her brothers 12 year old murder. I am now addicted to these historical mysteries that are filled with interesting characters and captivating plots.

My Rating:
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