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Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy the life she's built for herself in this all new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Thompson. The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged fr Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy the life she's built for herself in this all new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Thompson. The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Archie Carstens, the son and heir of a wealthy Knickerbocker family, seems less happy to be home than Gideon had expected. While Archie was in France, he fell in love with a beautiful French woman named Noelle. He desperately wanted to propose, but he was already engaged to a girl he had known all his life back in America. When Archie receives a letter supposedly from Noelle begging for money to help her flee the terrible conditions in France and come to America, Elizabeth is suspicious. There's no way to verify the letter is actually from Noelle, and she fears that a conman or woman might be trying to take advantage of Archie in his vulnerable state. But that's not all Elizabeth has to worry about. Vicious thug Oscar Thornton has gotten wind of her wedding announcement and realizes the woman who conned him is still alive and well. Gideon and Elizabeth have to figure out a way to help their friend while making sure their worst enemy doesn't destroy their future....


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Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy the life she's built for herself in this all new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Thompson. The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged fr Elizabeth Miles is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, when a menacing shadow from her past threatens to destroy the life she's built for herself in this all new Counterfeit Lady Novel from USA Today bestselling author, Victoria Thompson. The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Archie Carstens, the son and heir of a wealthy Knickerbocker family, seems less happy to be home than Gideon had expected. While Archie was in France, he fell in love with a beautiful French woman named Noelle. He desperately wanted to propose, but he was already engaged to a girl he had known all his life back in America. When Archie receives a letter supposedly from Noelle begging for money to help her flee the terrible conditions in France and come to America, Elizabeth is suspicious. There's no way to verify the letter is actually from Noelle, and she fears that a conman or woman might be trying to take advantage of Archie in his vulnerable state. But that's not all Elizabeth has to worry about. Vicious thug Oscar Thornton has gotten wind of her wedding announcement and realizes the woman who conned him is still alive and well. Gideon and Elizabeth have to figure out a way to help their friend while making sure their worst enemy doesn't destroy their future....

30 review for City of Schemes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Reformed conwoman Elizabeth Miles is getting ready for her wedding to Gideon Bates. They have tried to keep their engagement quiet, but it still shows up in the papers. That brings Oscar Thornton back into their lives, insisting that Elizabeth refund the money that he feels she owes him. Can they stop him once and for all? Meanwhile, Gideon has reconnected with one of his friends who has returned home from World War I. Logan Carsten had become engaged to a young woman before he left, but he fell Reformed conwoman Elizabeth Miles is getting ready for her wedding to Gideon Bates. They have tried to keep their engagement quiet, but it still shows up in the papers. That brings Oscar Thornton back into their lives, insisting that Elizabeth refund the money that he feels she owes him. Can they stop him once and for all? Meanwhile, Gideon has reconnected with one of his friends who has returned home from World War I. Logan Carsten had become engaged to a young woman before he left, but he fell in love with someone else while stationed in France. He intends to honor his engagement, but then, he hears from this Frenchwoman asking for his help in coming in America. Elizabeth thinks something more is going on. Can she also help Logan? If you haven’t read this series yet, I recommend you read it from the beginning. This book includes some call back to earlier adventures as well as a major spoiler for the previous book. All of that is wonderful for fans, however, as it allows the characters to grow in some great ways. I love Elizabeth, Gideon, and the rest of the regulars, so I enjoyed spending time with them again. Since this is more a caper than a traditional mystery, I enjoy watching the plot unfold in different ways, and it kept me engaged the entire time. I did have an issue with one part of the climax; if Elizabeth’s motives for her actions had been built into the story a bit more, I probably would have been okay with it. I also enjoyed the humor early in the book. Once again, author Victoria Thompson has written a book that pulled me in and only let me go when I reached the final page. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Baxter

    The Counterfeit Lady historical mystery series by Victoria Thompson is such a fun story. This fourth in series finds our plucky heroine preparing for her quiet family and close-friends-only wedding. If only her society "friend", Rosemary Westerly, had not been so eager to leak the upcoming nuptials to the society page reporters, then perhaps our plucky protagonist, Elizabeth Miles, could have continued to evade the wrath of Oscar Thornton (the mark from the con in book #1). Meanwhile, fiancé Gid The Counterfeit Lady historical mystery series by Victoria Thompson is such a fun story. This fourth in series finds our plucky heroine preparing for her quiet family and close-friends-only wedding. If only her society "friend", Rosemary Westerly, had not been so eager to leak the upcoming nuptials to the society page reporters, then perhaps our plucky protagonist, Elizabeth Miles, could have continued to evade the wrath of Oscar Thornton (the mark from the con in book #1). Meanwhile, fiancé Gideon's friend, Army Captain Logan Carsten, betrothed to Rosemary and still pining for his WWI French girlfriend, Noelle, receives a letter via his sergeant. It is presumably from Noelle asking for financial assistance and passage from France to America. Logan, being duty bound, would never break off the engagement with Rosemary to pursue a further relationship with Noelle and Noelle states that she's aware of that. At any rate, there are cons a-plenty as Elizabeth's family gets in on the action. Ms. Thompson has done her research and added historical elements of the day, which are spot on. She even provides a few notes regarding the historical record at the end of the book. It's an action-packed story with never a dull moment. If historical fiction with a high-spirited, plucky and courageous female protagonist at its center appeals, then this is definitely a series you won't want to miss. As of this writing, publication date is January 5, 2021 I am grateful to Penguin Random House LLC for having provided a complimentary uncorrected e-book file of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Mystery *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* City of Schemes is the fourth installment in author Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series. It has been two months since World War I ended, Elizabeth Miles and Gideon Bates are preparing for their wedding. Thanks to the War ending before Gideon could be shipped overseas and likely not returning, plans are now going full speed ahead with the invitations, the place for the wedding, the guests who will be invited, the dress, e *Source* Publisher *Genre* Historical / Mystery *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* City of Schemes is the fourth installment in author Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series. It has been two months since World War I ended, Elizabeth Miles and Gideon Bates are preparing for their wedding. Thanks to the War ending before Gideon could be shipped overseas and likely not returning, plans are now going full speed ahead with the invitations, the place for the wedding, the guests who will be invited, the dress, etc. Then comes the revelation that Gideon's friend Logan Carstens is not as happy to return home as Gideon expected. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Reppy

    "City of Schemes" was a fun read. This book is actually the fourth book in the series, "A Counterfeit Lady Novel". I have not read the earlier books, but I enjoyed this one, so I plan to go back and read them. Elizabeth Miles is a semi-reformed con woman. She is also set to marry Gideon Bates, a successful lawyer from an old society New York family, and who is well acquainted with Elizabeth's less than pristine past. Unfortunately, her past comes back to haunt them when Rosemary, a society girl "City of Schemes" was a fun read. This book is actually the fourth book in the series, "A Counterfeit Lady Novel". I have not read the earlier books, but I enjoyed this one, so I plan to go back and read them. Elizabeth Miles is a semi-reformed con woman. She is also set to marry Gideon Bates, a successful lawyer from an old society New York family, and who is well acquainted with Elizabeth's less than pristine past. Unfortunately, her past comes back to haunt them when Rosemary, a society girl with a penchant for gossip, arranges for news of Gideon and Elizabeth's engagement to appear in the gossip sections of the New York papers. The announcement is seen by Oscar Thornton, who believes Elizabeth is dead. He wants his revenge, as she had foiled his attempts to swindle the U.S. Army during WWI, and especially he wants the money he lost. Thornton shows up at Gideon's office and demands that Elizabeth pay him $250,000, due in a month, or he will make sure New York society knows about her past, which will result in her and Gideon, as well as Gideon's family, being ostracized. Therefore, Elizabeth's family (who are also grifters) have to run an elaborate con to eliminate Thornton as an ongoing threat. Elizabeth also takes action to protect a friend of Gideon who appears might be a victim of the classic con, the Spanish Prisoner. She also has the opportunity to run that con herself not once, but twice. Elizabeth Miles is a delightful character. The author does a wonderful job of making the schemes and cons of Elizabeth appear authentic, while also making Elizabeth appear sincere to the "marks." The plot flows well and it is fun to see what schemes Elizabeth and her family come up and how the cons play out. The book is set shortly after WWI and the author makes good use of historical events, including US soldiers coming home with French war brides, the ongoing prejudice against Germans and German-Americans, and new fear of the Bolsheviks. I would definitely recommend this book. As I noted above, I plan to read the earlier books in the series to find out what adventures Elizabeth got up to previously (including the full backstory of her past encounter with Oscar Thornton). There are numerous references to past events, and I am sure that having read the prior books would have provided greater insight into some of the characters and events, but "City of Schemes" stands on its own. I received a copy of the e-book via NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Shindler

    In this fourth book in the Counterfeit Lady series, we again encounter the delightful Elizabeth Miles. Raised in a New York family of grifters, she has had a change of circumstance. In the first book we meet her in Washington D.C as she tries to elude an irate victim of a sting, prompting her to attach herself to a group of protesting suffragettes. Unfortunately, the suffragettes are thrown in jail for their efforts. While in jail, Elizabeth learns that these women are from New York and part of In this fourth book in the Counterfeit Lady series, we again encounter the delightful Elizabeth Miles. Raised in a New York family of grifters, she has had a change of circumstance. In the first book we meet her in Washington D.C as she tries to elude an irate victim of a sting, prompting her to attach herself to a group of protesting suffragettes. Unfortunately, the suffragettes are thrown in jail for their efforts. While in jail, Elizabeth learns that these women are from New York and part of the upper crust Knickerbocker “ Four Hundred” families. Upon release, one of the women, Mrs Bates, takes Elizabeth under her wing .Upon their return to New York, Elizabeth meets some of the upper crust society, including Mrs Bates’ son, Gideon.They form a relationship and Elizabeth begins a journey trying to reconcile her new social circle and the colorful characters from her past, including the grifter group headed by her father, The Old Man. As the current book opens, Elizabeth is preparing for her wedding to Gideon.In the midst of this planning, the victim from the first book, Oscar Thornton, reappears in New York and learns of Elizabeth’s change of fortune and upcoming wedding.Thornton attempts to both gain revenge on Elizabeth and extort her, threatening to expose her to her new social circle. At the same time, one of Gideon’s close friends has returned home from France after World War 1 and becomes enmeshed in a confidence scheme that is aimed at parting him from his money. Despite Gideon’s desire to have Elizabeth abandon her grifting past, he is compelled to consult with her and the Old Man to assist his friend.At the same time, Elizabeth must find a way to thwart the irate and revenge minded Thornton to secure her future.These events set off a set of antics and schemes worthy of a Frank Capra directed film possibly starring Cary Grant. This book( and the whole series) is a light and fun filled read.It also portrays the customs and some of the issues confronting New York City in the World War 1 era and the incipient twenties. Those who have read the previous books will be delighted to meet these characters once again.Those who are new to the series will probably want to get better acquainted with this cast.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Rodríguez

    This story has left me with a genuine smile. World War I has just ended, Elizabeth and Gideon are excited to prepare for their wedding. The plans seem endless, the invitations, the place, everything must be perfect. Captain Archie Carstens is the son and heir to a fortune. He is not as happy to return home as Gideon expected. Despite the terrible ravages of the war, Archie found his great love. Gideon's love is a beautiful French young woman named Noelle. Archie wants to propose to her and bring This story has left me with a genuine smile. World War I has just ended, Elizabeth and Gideon are excited to prepare for their wedding. The plans seem endless, the invitations, the place, everything must be perfect. Captain Archie Carstens is the son and heir to a fortune. He is not as happy to return home as Gideon expected. Despite the terrible ravages of the war, Archie found his great love. Gideon's love is a beautiful French young woman named Noelle. Archie wants to propose to her and bring her to the United States. One day, Archie receives a letter in which Noelle asks for money to help Noelle flee her home country. However, Elizabeth notices something suspicious in the content of this letter. Elizabeth desires the most to verify the authenticity of the letter. This way, Archie has a chance to be happy. I loved this story, especially since Elizabeth is a genius, capable of solving the most difficult mysteries. I like Gideon teaming up with her, but he also gives her the freedom to do what she has to do. This book made me feel intrigued by Archie and Noelle's situation. However, Europe was recently healing from a devastating war. I know this book is part of a series I want to be able to read the rest. I thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I’ve really enjoyed this series. I love how each of the books has a con that helps people out and I like seeing how each of the conmen seem to change a little each book to be a little better. I also love how I never know exactly how things will end until the book is done. It keeps my attention the whole time. I also love the characters. I think they are relatable and easy to love. I also love that in this book we finally see Elizabeth and Gideon get married! I received a complimentary book from p I’ve really enjoyed this series. I love how each of the books has a con that helps people out and I like seeing how each of the conmen seem to change a little each book to be a little better. I also love how I never know exactly how things will end until the book is done. It keeps my attention the whole time. I also love the characters. I think they are relatable and easy to love. I also love that in this book we finally see Elizabeth and Gideon get married! I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This is the best one of the series. Everything that has been building up from the last three books finally comes together and makes a great story filled with twists, turns, and intrigue that kept me hooked the entire time. I loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eve Grant

    City of Schemes by Victoria Thompson kept the pace moving! This is the first book I have read in the Counterfeit Lady series and the author did a great job of weaving in the back story from the previous book, and firmly establishing the relationships between each character. The story and plot of this book was refreshing and new to me. For some reason, I was expecting this book to be a murder mystery, but instead the main character is a con artist, and a woman, and it is set in New York City righ City of Schemes by Victoria Thompson kept the pace moving! This is the first book I have read in the Counterfeit Lady series and the author did a great job of weaving in the back story from the previous book, and firmly establishing the relationships between each character. The story and plot of this book was refreshing and new to me. For some reason, I was expecting this book to be a murder mystery, but instead the main character is a con artist, and a woman, and it is set in New York City right after WWI, which is one of my favorite eras. Many of my reviews are on murder mystery books because it is my favorite genre, but I am trying to venture out into other genres and this was a good story that didn't have murder in it! Elizabeth Miles, the main character, has been a con artist most of her life because of her father, whom she calls "The Old Man." In this book, she has found the love of her life and is getting married to Gideon Bates. Unfortunately, Oscar Thornton, a man from Elizabeth's dark past, comes back to retrieve money he believes he had lost to her in one of her so-called schemes. In order to get rid of him once and forever, Elizabeth goes to her father, The Old Man, in seek of help, and the con her father cooks up is one that will leave Thornton down and out for good. Thompson did her research well while writing this story and scheming up the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the "Spanish Prisoner" and how many cons, back in the day before the internet, were easily done, especially to those who craved money and power. I will definitely go back and read the first book in this series. It was delightful!

  10. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/c... City of Schemes Counterfeit Lady #4 By Victoria Thompson ISBN#9780593197509 http://www.victoriathompson.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Logan Carsten, the son and heir of a wealthy Knickerbocker family, seems less happy to be home than Gideon had expected. While Logan was in France https://openbooksociety.com/article/c... City of Schemes Counterfeit Lady #4 By Victoria Thompson ISBN#9780593197509 http://www.victoriathompson.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Synopsis: The Great War is over, and Elizabeth and Gideon are busily planning their wedding and welcoming home old friends now discharged from the army. One of them, Captain Logan Carsten, the son and heir of a wealthy Knickerbocker family, seems less happy to be home than Gideon had expected. While Logan was in France, he fell in love with a beautiful French woman named Noelle. He desperately wanted to propose, but he was already engaged to a girl he had known all his life back in America. When Logan receives a letter supposedly from Noelle begging for money to help her flee the terrible conditions in France and come to America, Elizabeth is suspicious. There’s no way to verify the letter is actually from Noelle, and she fears that a conman or woman might be trying to take advantage of Logan in his vulnerable state. But that’s not all Elizabeth has to worry about. Vicious thug Oscar Thornton has gotten wind of her wedding announcement and realizes the woman who conned him is still alive and well. Gideon and Elizabeth have to figure out a way to help their friend while making sure their worst enemy doesn’t destroy their future…. (Goodreads) Review: Victoria Thompson’s fourth Counterfeit Lady novel City of Schemes finds Elizabeth facing her most personal, potentially life changing, con to date in addition to helping Gideon’s friend and planning her wedding. More escapade than mystery, it is a fun multi-layered deception sure to please fans and new readers alike. Reformed con artist Elizabeth and her fiancé Gideon are counting the days until their wedding but trying to keep the affair intimate and under-the-radar. When Gideon’s friend Logan’s fiancée Rosemary spills the beans to the society pages, a former mark learns that Elizabeth is alive and returns to blackmail her. Logan feels duty bound to marry Rosemary, but he left his heart in France with another woman, Noelle. When he receives letters from Noelle asking for money so that she can come America, Logan, along with Gideon and Elizabeth, feels that something else is afoot. What unfolds is a triple scheme where everyone gets what they deserve. I have come to really like Elizabeth over the course of the series. She is plucky, brave, intelligent, and resourceful. Ever truthful Gideon is her perfect foil, and I love him for his upright manner. Readers get glimpses of their parents, but they do not get a lot of time this time around. Logan reminds us that even though the war is over, it is still relevant and very much part of everyday life. I appreciate his intention to fulfill his promise to marry Rosemary, but they would both be so miserable. Rosemary is unlikable even before she makes an appearance, and watching her story unfold is the highlight of the book. It is a pleasure spending time with Elizabeth and Gideon, and I hope there are many more adventures ahead. City of Schemes can be read as a standalone but is probably best enjoyed as part of the series. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    City of Schemes is the fourth book of Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series. This story was extremely fun and I look forward to reading the previous books that I missed. Was I confused a bit since I didn't read the other books first? I must admit, I was a little. But once I got into the meat of the story I was able to enjoy it thoroughly! The Great War is over and (somewhat) reformed grifter Elizabeth Miles is busily planning her wedding to her beloved, successful lawyer Gideon Bates. A goo City of Schemes is the fourth book of Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series. This story was extremely fun and I look forward to reading the previous books that I missed. Was I confused a bit since I didn't read the other books first? I must admit, I was a little. But once I got into the meat of the story I was able to enjoy it thoroughly! The Great War is over and (somewhat) reformed grifter Elizabeth Miles is busily planning her wedding to her beloved, successful lawyer Gideon Bates. A good friend of Gideon's, Logan Carstens, doesn't seem particularly happy to be home from the war; it seems he fell in love with a beautiful woman in France, but he was too honorable to ditch his totally unlikable betrothed back home. When Logan receives a letter from his love Noelle, she begs him for help to escape to America from the horrendous conditions in her homeland. Elizabeth is rather suspicious - do they really know Noelle wrote the letter, or is someone trying to con their friend? Meanwhile, someone tips off the newspaper about Elizabeth and Gideon's wedding, bringing Elizabeth's former nemesis Oscar Thornton to town, vowing revenge against her. Can they save both Logan's and their own futures? This is my first Victoria Thompson book, and it certainly will not be my last. The con in this story is rather complex - I had no idea how everything would come together - yet so darn entertaining! The main characters, however, are what made the book shine. Elizabeth is absolutely charming. She is marrying into an upper-class family and is doing her best not to cause any problems for their reputation. When Gideon's friend, however, needs help, she is right there for him, willing to run just a wee scam. When Thornton threatens Elizabeth with blackmail, though, she turns to her father, the "Old Man", for assistance. Gideon, too, is a great character. He knows Elizabeth's history isn't squeaky clean, yet he loves her unconditionally and seems pleased at times with her mechanations. If Thornton's blackmail would ruin them, he'd willingly give up everything for her. The supporting characters were great, especially the Old Man, Anna and Jake. I can't wait to see what future cons Ms. Thompson comes up with for Elizabeth and Company! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    CITY OF SCHEMES by Victoria Thompson is the fourth book in the Counterfeit Lady series. It’s the wonderfully crafted story of Elizabeth Miles in the days leading up to her marriage to Gideon Bates and the events that make her wonder if the union will take place. Written in the days after the Great War when our country is trying to deal with the pain and hardships left behind by the war, it’s also the time when Elizabeth is trying to leave her past behind her and to step into the world where runn CITY OF SCHEMES by Victoria Thompson is the fourth book in the Counterfeit Lady series. It’s the wonderfully crafted story of Elizabeth Miles in the days leading up to her marriage to Gideon Bates and the events that make her wonder if the union will take place. Written in the days after the Great War when our country is trying to deal with the pain and hardships left behind by the war, it’s also the time when Elizabeth is trying to leave her past behind her and to step into the world where running a con isn’t an everyday occurrence and to deserve the place of standing beside the man she loves. There is one person that is standing in the way of Elizabeth and Gideon’s happily ever after – Oscar Thornton. Rosemary Westerly, who considers herself high society and fiancée of Logan Carstens (who is marrying her out of duty when his heart belongs to a French girl he had to leave behind when the war ended), was the one that leaked the upcoming marriage to the gossip columnist even after Elizabeth had made it very clear they were keeping the wedding small and quiet. It was through that article that Thornton found out that Elizabeth is still alive. He shows up at Gideon’s office demanding repayment for the funds that Elizabeth cost him to the sum of a quarter of a million dollars or he will leak the story to the newspapers about Elizabeth’s shady past. Knowing that a blackmailer never stops, Elizabeth knows the only way to stop him is to discredit it. The best way to con a conman is to out con him and even better when others are doing the con you conceived. Along the way, if she can repay Rosemary for starting this mess and also free Logan from her grips, all the better. With the help of the Old Man, her father, with his connections and Jake, her brother, while impersonating Lord Percy Hyde-Langdon - Earl of Hartwood, she may just be able to pull this off while not getting caught or making Gideon tell a lie. She will do anything to keep anyone or anything from harming those she loves! Can they get all their ducks in a row before Thornton blows the whistle? Will Logan get his freedom from Rosemary? Who sent Logan those letter asking for money? Does Rosemary find that the third time is not the charm? How many cons does it take to con a con-man? CITY OF SCHEMES by Victoria Thompson is a wonderful story written to where you can’t help but keep turning pages and feeling like you are right there in the thick of it with Elizabeth and Gideon. You can feel the emotions emitted from the pages from anger to humor, despair to elation, and sadness to pure glee. Victoria Thompson pulls you in and takes you for a wonderful ride as you read this installment in the Counterfeit Lady series all the while wondering if they will be able to trick Thornton and if the marriage will take place between this loving couple. Although part of a series, CITY OF SCHEMES can most definitely be read as a standalone book. You will have no problem knowing who is who and getting right in the mist of the story even if you haven’t read any of the other books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    In City of Schemes, book four in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, it's wedding time for our favorite con woman and her law-abiding fiancé. Elizabeth and Gideon are busy with the planning, along with welcoming back Gideon's friend Logan from war. Logan isn't as relieved to be back on American soil as one would expect but he has a lot on his shoulders. Besides attempting to fit back into civilian life, Logan reveals he fell in love with a French woman, despite being engaged to som In City of Schemes, book four in the Counterfeit Lady series by Victoria Thompson, it's wedding time for our favorite con woman and her law-abiding fiancé. Elizabeth and Gideon are busy with the planning, along with welcoming back Gideon's friend Logan from war. Logan isn't as relieved to be back on American soil as one would expect but he has a lot on his shoulders. Besides attempting to fit back into civilian life, Logan reveals he fell in love with a French woman, despite being engaged to someone here at home. I've never been a fan of marrying someone out of obligation, but back during the time period this book is based, breaking an engagement was poor form. If an engagement is broken by a man, the action attached incorrect and unflattering labels to women. Therein lies Logan's problem - he doesn't want to ruin the reputation of his betrothed, Rosemary. In the meantime, Logan receives a letter from his love in France, Noelle, indicating conditions in France have gotten considerably more terrible, and she request money from in order to aid her in fleeing Europe. Gideon immediately involves Elizabeth, who expresses her disbelief and her suspicions regarding the letter. No one can prove it's from Noelle, and if it's someone running a con, Logan will be left without the money or the presence of his love by his side. Elizabeth knows it's time to intervene and see exactly what's going on with these letters and the so-called author. While aiding Logan, Elizabeth is put in a jam when a previous foe, Oscar Thornton, discovers she's still alive and well. Now, Oscar is on her tail, putting her mind on other things, as she should be preparing to marry Gideon, while helping Logan not become a victim of a con. It's up to Gideon and Elizabeth to protect Logan, help him find happiness, and keep Elizabeth out of harm's way before Oscar can make good on any of his threats. City of Schemes is a wonderful book filled with realism and emotion from start to finish. The author’s world building in the book is vivid and descriptive. The author did a great job with the continued character development in City of Schemes. Elizabeth is s a strong character but you must be if the art of the long con is your way of living. She’s also compassionate especially towards Logan and his situation. It is easy to identify with Elizabeth, feel her emotions and the emotions of others, and fit right into the story. All the characters were written well, and I enjoyed each one of them. This book is rich in emotional content and I was engaged in the story from the very beginning. There are so many twists, turns, and double-crosses and it was all wonderful. I couldn't put the book down. The story is fast paced and truly set up and executed well. I can’t wait to see what the author has instore for Elizabeth and Gideon next. I was provided a copy of this book to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    In the forth installment of this series Elizabeth is planning her wedding. The war is over, I believe it's early 1919, soldiers are returning home, some with brides they met in Europe in tow. In this book Elizabeth and her family return to their grifter roots which they haven't focused on as much in the last few books. There are two main cons going on that sort of end up overlapping toward the end of the book but the whole book is really a twisted web of many different plots and schemes which li In the forth installment of this series Elizabeth is planning her wedding. The war is over, I believe it's early 1919, soldiers are returning home, some with brides they met in Europe in tow. In this book Elizabeth and her family return to their grifter roots which they haven't focused on as much in the last few books. There are two main cons going on that sort of end up overlapping toward the end of the book but the whole book is really a twisted web of many different plots and schemes which lines up with the title of the book. First up Gideon's old friend Logan has returned from war. He fell madly in love with a young French woman named Noelle, but had to leave her there due to his engagement to Rosemary back home. Not long after getting home he gets a letter from Noelle begging for a large sum of money to escape post war France. Gideon suspects a con and calls in Elizabeth to help fish out what's really going on. Meanwhile eager to keep her name out of the papers Elizabeth, Gideon and his mother are horrified to see their engagement announced in every single gossip column in New York. Unfortunately for them a blast from the past, Oscar Thornton from I believe book one? Has returned to the city just in time to see the notice and he wants revenge. After learning that Rosemary leaked the story Elizabeth sets out for revenge of her own against the snobby debutante setting up a hilarious scene between Elizabeth and Gideon at a dinner party. There's spies, Bolsheviks, and plots galore in this very entertaining addition to the Counterfeit Lady series. I love that it's so unique and unlike any other series I have read and continues to be enjoyable and I look forward to following Elizabeth and Gideon in their married life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A 1919 Wedding and a Con It’s 1919 and the war is over. Gideon’s friend, Captain Logan Carstens, is back from France. He’s engaged to Rosemary, a society beauty, and it should be a happy time, but Logan fell in love with Noelle, a French girl. He won’t dishonor Rosemary by breaking the engagement, but he’s miserable pining for Noelle. On a happier note, Elizabeth and Gideon are planning their wedding. This is difficult for Elizabeth. She’s not a society girl and much as she loves Gideon planning a A 1919 Wedding and a Con It’s 1919 and the war is over. Gideon’s friend, Captain Logan Carstens, is back from France. He’s engaged to Rosemary, a society beauty, and it should be a happy time, but Logan fell in love with Noelle, a French girl. He won’t dishonor Rosemary by breaking the engagement, but he’s miserable pining for Noelle. On a happier note, Elizabeth and Gideon are planning their wedding. This is difficult for Elizabeth. She’s not a society girl and much as she loves Gideon planning a wedding is proving a burden. It’s especially difficult because the engagement can’t be announced. Elizabeth is afraid the thug Ocsar Thornton, who she had conned and who believed her dead, will find her and try to exact revenge. This is the fourth book in the series that continues the exploits of Elizabeth and Gideon. At first they seemed an ill-matched couple. She’s the daughter of a successful conman. He’s a lawyer who won’t lie. During the series they have come to respect each other’s background. Elizabeth is trying to reform her desire to perform a con in a good cause. Gideon is learning that justice is far from black and white. The book is peopled with a wonderful set of characters from Elizabeth’s family to Logan Carstens, the reluctant bridegroom, and his somewhat vicious society fiancee. The cons are great fun. You can’t help rooting for the schemes to succeed. The author has done a considerable amount of research to bring the period to life not just in the descriptions of the background but in the manners of the characters. If you enjoy historical fiction. This is a good one. I received this book from NetGalley for this review

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    City of Schemes is a historical mystery set in post-WW1 New York. It is the 4th in the Counterfeit Lady series. World War One is over and Elizabeth is planning her wedding. Her time and attention is divided by friends who need help and a dangerous man from her past threatening her future. The story is told in the third person with Elizabeth being the primary point of view. There was a nice pace to the story; it didn't drag. The plot development was solid. Enough time was spent in exposition and City of Schemes is a historical mystery set in post-WW1 New York. It is the 4th in the Counterfeit Lady series. World War One is over and Elizabeth is planning her wedding. Her time and attention is divided by friends who need help and a dangerous man from her past threatening her future. The story is told in the third person with Elizabeth being the primary point of view. There was a nice pace to the story; it didn't drag. The plot development was solid. Enough time was spent in exposition and rising action to draw you into the story and the climax was exciting. I also liked that the author spent a little time on the denouement - it was a nice to see after the action in the story. This series has interesting characters, especially Elizabeth. Having a main character in a historical mystery series being a woman con artist is brilliant. By this fourth book in the series, Elizabeth is trying to figure out how to be honest and fit into respectable society while also using her skills/gifts in an honest way to help others. I really like the character of Elizabeth. City of Schemes (and the whole Counterfeit Lady series) is a different kind of historical mystery. I really enjoyed seeing how the various cons played out.. I hope there is more to come. Thanks to NetGalley for sending me a copy for review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Garrett

    Victoria Thompson's CITY OF SCHEMES stole a whole day from me, and I don’t want it back. I didn’t want to do a single other thing, so captivated was I by the wheels within wheels and schemes within schemes . . . all (or almost all) in aid of good people and in retribution of the bad. Justice, if a bit unorthodox, was administered cleverly, leveling a playing field, unfair especially to women. The least thing could ruin a woman’s reputation and social standing, as women are held to “higher standa Victoria Thompson's CITY OF SCHEMES stole a whole day from me, and I don’t want it back. I didn’t want to do a single other thing, so captivated was I by the wheels within wheels and schemes within schemes . . . all (or almost all) in aid of good people and in retribution of the bad. Justice, if a bit unorthodox, was administered cleverly, leveling a playing field, unfair especially to women. The least thing could ruin a woman’s reputation and social standing, as women are held to “higher standards,” but men can weather scandals, at least to a point. I’d like a friend like Elizabeth if I were in trouble, and I’d welcome help from her team of disreputable allies, “the Old Man” and Jake and Spuds, and her honest, beloved Gideon, who won’t lie, but is learning the language and rules of the game. Anna is growing in beauty and confidence (and agility in the confidence game), and even the gossip columnist, I mean “society news” reporter, can become a friend, with just a little understanding conversation. It was fun to watch it all play out, and a joy to read well-written prose. This is fourth in the series, and I hope there will be many more. <3 * (Pub. date January, plenty of time to read or reread the first three ;-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "City of Schemes" is a historical suspense/mystery set in early 1919 in New York City. This is the fourth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous novels. The historical details were woven into the story to create a sense of the specific time and place as well as bring the story alive. Elizabeth is a reformed con artist engaged to marry Gideon, an honorable lawyer who refuses to lie. A man she helped con in the p "City of Schemes" is a historical suspense/mystery set in early 1919 in New York City. This is the fourth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the previous novels. The historical details were woven into the story to create a sense of the specific time and place as well as bring the story alive. Elizabeth is a reformed con artist engaged to marry Gideon, an honorable lawyer who refuses to lie. A man she helped con in the past tries to blackmail Elizabeth to get his money back. Gideon realizes that someone might be conning a good friend, so he asks for Elizabeth's advice. And Elizabeth wants to do something about the manipulative, self-centered woman responsible for endangering Elizabeth and making Gideon's friend miserable. So we have three cons going on, and it was very entertaining and humorous to see each of the cons being pulled off. And when things go wrong, just how will they pull everything off? Well-written, funny, wonderful story. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this entertaining historical novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    I finished this book with a sigh-it was such a lovely entertaining read. "City of Schemes" is the 4th book in the Counterfeit Lady Novel but the first I've read. The author does a great job of filling in the backstory so I had no challenges starting with this book. But I enjoyed this book so much I plan on reading the first 3! Elizabeth, our protagonist, has a history of being a grifter-a skilled con artist from a family of skilled con artists. She is shortly going to be married to Gideon and has I finished this book with a sigh-it was such a lovely entertaining read. "City of Schemes" is the 4th book in the Counterfeit Lady Novel but the first I've read. The author does a great job of filling in the backstory so I had no challenges starting with this book. But I enjoyed this book so much I plan on reading the first 3! Elizabeth, our protagonist, has a history of being a grifter-a skilled con artist from a family of skilled con artists. She is shortly going to be married to Gideon and has given up doing cons. Gideon calls on Elizabeth's experience when his good friend Logan received a letter from the girl he loved but left behind in France asking for financial assistance. Is it a con? Does Noelle really need help? There is also a threat from Elizabeth's past that surfaces and could threaten her future with Gideon. So, there are two situations that going on and how they are addressed are ingenuous and fun and make this a very entertaining book. Wonderful characters, entertaining story, highly recommend. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kimbel

    Elizabeth Miles should be enjoying the happiest time of her life, planning her wedding and future with her handsome fiancé, Gideon Bates. However, a villain from her past life as a con artist, Oscar Thornton, has surfaced and threatened to expose her past to her new society friends and family if she doesn’t pay him a large sum of money. On top of that, Gideon’s childhood friend, Logan, has returned from the war to his own fiancée, Rosemary, but isn’t particularly happy to have left Noelle, the F Elizabeth Miles should be enjoying the happiest time of her life, planning her wedding and future with her handsome fiancé, Gideon Bates. However, a villain from her past life as a con artist, Oscar Thornton, has surfaced and threatened to expose her past to her new society friends and family if she doesn’t pay him a large sum of money. On top of that, Gideon’s childhood friend, Logan, has returned from the war to his own fiancée, Rosemary, but isn’t particularly happy to have left Noelle, the French girl he fell in love with in Paris. Elizabeth turns to her father, a grifter as well, to handle Thornton, but decides she needs to help Logan along in choosing between his two women. City of Schemes is the fourth in the Counterfeit Lady series, but I’ve not read the others and did not feel at all lost or confused. The author did a great job of filling in any needed backstory. Historical mystery is a new genre for me and one I’ve decided I like and could read more. This was easy to read, entertaining, and amusing. I loved the quirky characters and the detail in the schemes. Definitely recommend this novel!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on October 27th, 2020. Writing: 3/5 Characters: 4/5 Plot: 4/5 I’m really enjoying Thompson’s newer “Counterfeit Lady” series. Post WWI, Elizabeth Miles — who grew up in a family of extremely successful con artists — has given up that life to marry the ultra-honorable gentleman, Gideon Bates. Just because she has given it up for profit, however, Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on October 27th, 2020. Writing: 3/5 Characters: 4/5 Plot: 4/5 I’m really enjoying Thompson’s newer “Counterfeit Lady” series. Post WWI, Elizabeth Miles — who grew up in a family of extremely successful con artists — has given up that life to marry the ultra-honorable gentleman, Gideon Bates. Just because she has given it up for profit, however, doesn’t mean that she can’t use her skills to help her friends and family. In this book, the (very bad news) victim of a previous scam has come back with a vengeance; meanwhile some society types are suffering from an excess of duty and / or manipulative intent, which Elizabeth deals with handily. A very gratifying, fun, read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thank you to Berkeley publishing group and NetGalley for the opportunity to give my unbiased review of this novel. In the fourth installment of this series, we see Elizabeth Miles using her wiles and those of her family to solve several immediate problems. She and her honest, upright fiancé Gideon are about to be married, but a ruthless man who was a victim of her con from the first book in the series returns intent on vengeance. In addition, Gideon‘s friend has returned from World War I a chang Thank you to Berkeley publishing group and NetGalley for the opportunity to give my unbiased review of this novel. In the fourth installment of this series, we see Elizabeth Miles using her wiles and those of her family to solve several immediate problems. She and her honest, upright fiancé Gideon are about to be married, but a ruthless man who was a victim of her con from the first book in the series returns intent on vengeance. In addition, Gideon‘s friend has returned from World War I a changed man with an ethical and moral conundrum which presents an opportunity for Elizabeth’s family to pull the perfect con. This was a fun read and watching the comeuppance of the evildoers was very satisfying. The discrepancies between men’s and women’s reputations in New York society were nicely examined.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Betty Cruikshank

    This is the latest installment in the Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series, although you do need to have read the previous books to enjoy it. Following WW,I Elizabeth Miles and Gideon are preparing for a quiet wedding. One of Gideon’s old friends, Archie Carstens, an heir to the Knickerbocker fortune, receives a letter from Noelle, a woman he fell in love with in France, asking for money to get to America. Archie had left Noelle there because he was already engaged. Archie is concerned bu This is the latest installment in the Victoria Thompson's Counterfeit Lady series, although you do need to have read the previous books to enjoy it. Following WW,I Elizabeth Miles and Gideon are preparing for a quiet wedding. One of Gideon’s old friends, Archie Carstens, an heir to the Knickerbocker fortune, receives a letter from Noelle, a woman he fell in love with in France, asking for money to get to America. Archie had left Noelle there because he was already engaged. Archie is concerned but Elizabeth and Gideon are suspicious of the letter and think it may be a scam. As they try to find out about the letter, they are also confronted by an old enemy who had thought Elizabeth was dead and is now out for revenge.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    ARC - Net Gallery A delightful, readable tale involving a con - The Spanish Prisoner in three different versions. Elizabeth is getting married to her Gideon. Their wedding announcement was ‘accidentally’ published in the gossip column of the newspaper by Rosemary, a self-serving fiancé of Logan, Gideon’s friend. This brings the villain, Thornton, back into town. He finds out Elizabeth is not dead and now wants either Elizabeth actually dead or his money back or both. Fans of The Sting will enjoy ARC - Net Gallery A delightful, readable tale involving a con - The Spanish Prisoner in three different versions. Elizabeth is getting married to her Gideon. Their wedding announcement was ‘accidentally’ published in the gossip column of the newspaper by Rosemary, a self-serving fiancé of Logan, Gideon’s friend. This brings the villain, Thornton, back into town. He finds out Elizabeth is not dead and now wants either Elizabeth actually dead or his money back or both. Fans of The Sting will enjoy this book. Taking place after WWII in NYC - the story involves high society. I will give it 5 stars. Kept me interested throughout and did not read ahead to find out who did what. #CityofSchemes #NetGalley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Elizabeth Miles, a former con artist, is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, attorney and a member of elite New York society. When a menacing shadow from Elizabeth's past threatens to destroy the life she and Gideon want to built together, she must decide what to do about her nemesis. This is my first Counterfeit Lady Novel, and I am in love! I appreciate that the heroine has a past and is trying to balance her former and new lives. Victoria Thompson makes the story flow easily from one c Elizabeth Miles, a former con artist, is preparing for her wedding to Gideon Bates, attorney and a member of elite New York society. When a menacing shadow from Elizabeth's past threatens to destroy the life she and Gideon want to built together, she must decide what to do about her nemesis. This is my first Counterfeit Lady Novel, and I am in love! I appreciate that the heroine has a past and is trying to balance her former and new lives. Victoria Thompson makes the story flow easily from one chapter to the next. The novel also includes a historically accurate look at life in New York society. Throw in a wartime bride and several cons, and you have a book that's entertaining and interesting. I would really like to read the first three books in the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of City of Schemes. I always love Victoria Thompson’s books and this one did not fail to entertain! Elizabeth is back and planning her wedding, while trying to stay out of trouble. As always, there is an elaborate con, (or two!) Jake is fabulous, (he’s my fav!) and Gideon has no idea what’s happening. I adored the ending and I’m excited for the next in this serious. If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery, I highly recommend this series! Set in the ear Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of City of Schemes. I always love Victoria Thompson’s books and this one did not fail to entertain! Elizabeth is back and planning her wedding, while trying to stay out of trouble. As always, there is an elaborate con, (or two!) Jake is fabulous, (he’s my fav!) and Gideon has no idea what’s happening. I adored the ending and I’m excited for the next in this serious. If you are looking for a fun cozy mystery, I highly recommend this series! Set in the early 1900s in New York, Thompson’s books are always an easy read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Priest

    This title of this book is so appropriate - the schemes within the schemes are brilliant - WOW! It kept me reading late into the night and wondering how everything was going to end. This book is a MUST read - it will not disappoint you. I didn't think it was possible for this series to get any better because I have enjoyed it since the first book. You can read this as a stand alone book, but you wouldn't have the backstory. It is much more interesting with the backstory. So if you are just getti This title of this book is so appropriate - the schemes within the schemes are brilliant - WOW! It kept me reading late into the night and wondering how everything was going to end. This book is a MUST read - it will not disappoint you. I didn't think it was possible for this series to get any better because I have enjoyed it since the first book. You can read this as a stand alone book, but you wouldn't have the backstory. It is much more interesting with the backstory. So if you are just getting into this series, I recommend starting at book #1. You will not be sorry.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This series continues to be really enjoyable, and in this fourth book, Elizabeth and Gideon have to deal with some rude interruptions and challenges as they are planning for their wedding. The cons that are being run in this story are often humorous, and Elizabeth's way of using her knowledge of cons and schemes to really help those in their circle is so clever and interesting to read. Combined with the look into p Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review. This series continues to be really enjoyable, and in this fourth book, Elizabeth and Gideon have to deal with some rude interruptions and challenges as they are planning for their wedding. The cons that are being run in this story are often humorous, and Elizabeth's way of using her knowledge of cons and schemes to really help those in their circle is so clever and interesting to read. Combined with the look into post-WWI New York City society, this makes for another great book in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia David

    I really enjoyed this fun, entertaining story. The characters are so engaging and I liked the era. Elizabeth is planning her wedding, but an old nemesis pops up and needs to be taken care of. She doesn't run a con anymore, so she has to call for help. Then a friend of Gideon's needs help and Elizabeth needs to interfere just a little bit. Elizabeth and Gideon's future depends on taking care of this problem once and for all. Will they make it to their wedding? Will they be shunned by society? I really enjoyed this fun, entertaining story. The characters are so engaging and I liked the era. Elizabeth is planning her wedding, but an old nemesis pops up and needs to be taken care of. She doesn't run a con anymore, so she has to call for help. Then a friend of Gideon's needs help and Elizabeth needs to interfere just a little bit. Elizabeth and Gideon's future depends on taking care of this problem once and for all. Will they make it to their wedding? Will they be shunned by society?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This was a fun book to read. The cons came and kept on coming. You weren't sure what was a con and what wasn't until the very end when we got to see how they tied together. Elizabeth, a reforming grifter, is engaged to scrupulously honest Gideon is learning how to deal with New York society ladies. The characters are fun and funny. The cons are involved and equally fun. You have characters that you root for and those that you cheer when they've been conned. A really good romp! I received a free c This was a fun book to read. The cons came and kept on coming. You weren't sure what was a con and what wasn't until the very end when we got to see how they tied together. Elizabeth, a reforming grifter, is engaged to scrupulously honest Gideon is learning how to deal with New York society ladies. The characters are fun and funny. The cons are involved and equally fun. You have characters that you root for and those that you cheer when they've been conned. A really good romp! I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher and voluntarily chose to review it.

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