when a lady deceives kicks off a new series set in late victorian london. jennie quinn is an investigative reporter for the herald in the style of nellie bly. she's gone undercover at insane asylums to reveal inhumane conditions, and her current case is more personal in nature, she's gone undercover as a barmaid at an establishment notorious crime boss claude hardwick owns to reveal his part in the death of mary mcdaniel, a source she feels like she put in danger. mary was going to share a journal that would implicate hardwick with regard to his many crimes, a story that it too irresistible for jennie to keep away from.
among the sources she wants to pry information from stands matthew colton. a disgraced member of scotland yard and now hardwick's lieutenant, he must know secrets she is dying to share. from the moment he saves her from a drunken customer, the attraction between them flares. and he is too smart, too dangerous to stay close to, and yet, she cannot keep away from him either. there is more to matthew than meets the eye. and as he discovers her secrets, she discovers his. the leads are well-matched and the chemistry between them is well-developed. as the situation gets more dangerous and things get more volatile, both of them find themselves in danger, and they get out of it together.
they work well together, and this serves as a satisfying launching point for the series. i imagine that we'll see some of the characters we met along the way to solving this first mystery in future novels.
**when a lady deceives will publish on august 22, 2016. i received an advanced reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (select historical) in exchange for my honest review.