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The Impersonator: A Mystery (A Roaring Twenties Mystery Book 1) by [Miley, Mary]
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Book 1 of 2 in A Roaring Twenties Mystery (2 Book Series)

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Talk about your challenging acting roles. In Miley’s spirited debut (winner of the 2012 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition), vaudeville starlet Leah Randall is hired to impersonate heiress Jessie Carr, who went missing seven years earlier, in 1917. Leah is granted the irresistible offer by Jessie’s creepy uncle Oliver, who proposes to share his niece’s $10-million inheritance in six months’ time, when Jessie would have turned 21. Leah takes on the assignment (her primary vaudeville gig has been cancelled, and she certainly can use the funds), which proves daunting from the start. Ensconced in the Carr estate in Oregon, she must master every detail of Jessie’s life in an effort to convince the Carr clan she is indeed the missing girl. (The Pinkerton detectives hired by the family are fastidious to a fault). Adding to Leah’s anxiety are a series of local murders, in which the victims’ heads are shaved in strange ways. Compelling characters, an engaging story line, and a heroine with lots of moxie make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. --Allison Block

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“Miley shows a deft touch and sets a blistering pace in her debut novel. Leah Randall/Jessie Carr leaps off the pages in this "Roaring Twenties" period piece that drips with bathtub gin, truck-size cars, outsize personalities, money, high stakes and enough twists, turns and sleights of hand to keep one reading late into the night…Simply put, this book is FUN.” ―DAVID BALDACCI

“Mary Miley has delivered a tale that lures us into the dangerous underworld of Prohibition: rum smugglers, bootleggers, and the glamorous lost realm of vaudeville…a realm so real that we can almost smell the greasepaint. The Impersonator is an exciting debut!” ―KATHERINE NEVILLE

“The story is engrossing, the characters satisfyingly larger than life, and one can only hope for an encore from the smart, feisty, and talented heroine.” ―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“Historian Miley, winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, presents a colorfully detailed mystery…and a heroine whom readers will want to see succeed.” ―KIRKUS REVIEWS

“[A] spirited debut…Compelling characters, an engaging story line, and a heroine with lots of moxie make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.” ―Booklist

“Miley's clever historical debut successfully portrays an intricate puzzle featuring multiple cons. Her protagonist dazzles.” ―LIBRARY JOURNAL


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  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQY9EJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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