Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mistress of Fortune (Mistress of Fortune #1) by Holly West



Publication: February 3, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Bought


London, 1678

Isabel, Lady Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II, has a secret: she makes her living disguised as Mistress Ruby, a fortune-teller who caters to London's elite. It's a dangerous life among the charlatans, rogues and swindlers who lurk in the city's dark corners, but to Isabel, the risk is worth the reward.

Until magistrate Sir Edmund Godfrey seeks Mistress Ruby's counsel and reveals his unwitting involvement in a plot to kill the king. When Isabel's diary containing dangerous details of his confession is stolen, she knows she must find it before anyone connects her to Mistress Ruby. Especially after Sir Edmund's corpse is discovered a few days later...

Isabel is sure that whoever stole her diary is Sir Edmund's killer--and could be part of a conspiracy that leads all the way to the throne. But as she delves deeper into the mystery, not even the king himself may be able to save her.

The synopsis pretty much tells you the main parts of the story, so I am going to try and do this review without reiterating it.

“I’ve unwittingly become involved in the discovery of a plot to murder a person of great import. Now I fear the very men who would so wickedly kill him have turned their attention to me.”

What begins as a seemingly innocent visit to try her services, turns into something much more dangerous for Isabel. After a statement like that, I knew I was in for an entertaining adventure. I thought the story started off well. My attention was held from the first chapter.

I really liked Isabel. She is a strong woman and I admired her skills and knowledge. Not to mention she is an expert with disguises. She puts those skills to good use as she searches for her stolen diary.

The pace of the story was good. There wasn’t one time that I felt feel bored or thought that the story was lacking something. I was never on the edge of my seat with anticipation for what was to happen next, but I found it to be a really fun read and I easily became interested in Isabel and the murder mystery she got involved in. Even though I don’t read as much of it as I would like, I love historical fiction and I am always up for a good murder mystery, so Mistress of Lies was my kind of book.  


RATING: 4 out of 5.


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