To Disguise the Truth
by Jen Turano
This book is the conclusion to the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series by Turano, and I am sad to see it end! The women in these books became like friends. I love the quirky situations they get themselves into and the widely diverse personalities they have. In this book the owner of the boarding house where the women live is the main focus. Up to this point Eunice Holbrook has been hiding under widows veils, feigning the loss of her husband for well past the point required by society. We finally learn more about her, and she is quite the character! I love the way she finally displays her physical prowess and ability to defend herself from almost any attacker. The other women from the series play key roles in this book, so it's best if you read them first (but trust me, you'll love them).
While the book is light hearted in general, Turano brings up some difficult issues -- family dysfunction and the horrible way people (especially women) were treated if there was even a slight suspicion of mental illness (which could mean so many more things in the 1880's than it does today).
In Turano's signature style, she brings the series to a conclusion with a lot of humor, surprise, and romance!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When a man arrives at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire them to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her...and that she may no longer be able to hide under the disguise that has kept her safe for so long.
Arthur Livingston's goal in life is to make his mark on the world as a mining industrialist, but after the man who could help him achieve his goal is murdered, Arthur feels compelled to seek justice for the family--but he's left with more questions than answers after the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency refuses to take on his case.
Desperate to conceal her real identity and avoid the irritatingly handsome Arthur, Eunice takes on a different case that requires her to go deep undercover and entangles her in one troublesome situation after another. When other secrets come to light, Eunice has no choice but to confront her past, hopeful that it will set her free but knowing it could very well place her life -- and the lives of those she loves -- in jeopardy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jen Turano, a USA Today bestselling author, has written five historical romance series. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book. The review is totally my own.