I am thrilled to be participating in the MISTRESS OF LIES Blog Tour hosted by Me, My Shelf and I with a very awesome “10 Random Things” guest post by Author Holly West.
I am new to this series, but I am definitely intrigued. I love that it’s a mystery/crime thriller set in the 1600s with a female protagonist who is more than what she appears. There’s nothing quite like trying to solve a mystery, discovering whodunit, and finding out just how clever the investigator is.
I can’t wait to meet Isabel and see just how she goes about keeping her secret, discover whether she takes King Charles II up on his offer, and find out just how dangerous her investigation really is.
I absolutely love this post by the author in which she totally won me over by her 9th Random Thing. But if you’d like to know a bit more about her, then be sure to check out the post, and the author’s bio, which follow below the book’s details.
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Title: MISTRESS OF LIES (Mistress of Fortune #2)
Author: Holly West
Release date: September 29, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
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.
The contents of my top desk drawer include a tube of Aquaphor, a pair of diamond earrings, extra passport photos from my recent application, and my first ever royalty check (cancelled).
Rembrandt is my favorite dead artist. David Hockney is my favorite living artist.
The “W” I have hanging in my office is a nod to the “M” Mary Richards (of the Mary Tyler Moore Show) has in her apartment.
As a child I idolized Marie Osmond and used to sing along to her Paper Roses album, using my bed as my stage and a hairbrush as my microphone.
My FitBit tells me that I walk far less than my 10,000-step goal each day.
I’ve never seen any movie in the Raiders of the Lost Ark franchise.
My favorite thing to write on is a yellow legal pad, which I purchase in bulk from Costco. My favorite pen is the Uni-Ball Jetstream RT Fine Point.
My not-so-secret fantasy is to have my own cooking show.
I am a font snob so don’t even think about using Comic Sans or Papyrus.
When I ran my first (and only) marathon in 2006, I walked miles 19 and 20.
Don’t let the smile fool you; Holly West has a dark side.
Originally from a small town in Northern California, Holly moved to the big city to attend Loyola Marymount University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting. After shoving a few unproduced scripts in the proverbial desk drawer, she succumbed to her baser instincts and turned to writing crime fiction.
She’s the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in late 17th century London and featuring amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. Holly’s short stories also appear in Feeding Kate: A Crime Fiction Anthology, Needle: A Magazine of Noir and Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels.
Before devoting herself to writing fiction full-time, Holly was an accomplished jewelry designer. She also served as a contributor to About.com for four years, writing about a variety of topics. Prior to that, she worked as a foreign credentials analyst and published monographs on the educational systems of Sudan, Zambia, and Afghanistan.
When Holly’s not wandering the captivating streets of 17th century London, she lives, reads, and writes in Los Angeles with her husband, Mick, and dog, Stella. Holly is represented by Elizabeth K. Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, and is the Wednesday contributor to the Do Some Damage blog.
Title: MISTRESS OF FORTUNE (Mistress of Fortune #1)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release date: February 3, 2014
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.
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