Lady Emily Series Book 9


In this thrilling new addition to the New York Times bestselling series, Lady Emily Hargreaves and her dashing husband Colin travel to Paris, where they struggle to unmask a murderer amid a case of assumed identities and shadowy figures

After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions.  Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter?  And who would want either of them dead?  

As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge:  No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, as her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive?  Emily and Colin’s investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friends Cécile and Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.

Read an excerpt here.

"The Lady Emily mysteries have only strengthened as the series continues, combining fascinating historical details with vivid descriptions bringing the Victorian period to life." - RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

"One of Lady Emily's most interesting cases... The Victorian detail enhances the difficulties of proving someone dead or alive and discovering a killer with none of the usual motives for murder." - Kirkus Reviews

"Witty, well-plotted and rich with historical detail, The Counterfeit Heiress is an engaging chapter in Lady Emily's story and an evocative glimpse into Victorian London." - Shelf Awareness

"This ninth Lady Emily novel is a near-perfect blend of period mystery, melodrama and romance...Emily feels as if she's been "dropped into a book of the best sort of historical fiction." This could be a tagline for Alexander's novel." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel