The Impersonator by Mary Miley

Welcome to the roaring 20’s! Vaudeville, ladies hats and speakeasies what a great time period to get lost in.  Orphan Leah is at a point in her life where her career is leaving her childhood allure behind
Enter in Oliver, thinking he has found his niece and heir to the family fortune he is disappointed that Leah is in fact NOT Jessie Carr. A plan is formed. The actress will become the niece with the help of the uncle and split the fortune solving problems for both of them.

Seems easy right, well mystery and intrigue ensue. Family members are not entirely what they seem as one or more may be responsible for the real Jessie Carr’s disappearance.

A fun mystery and an engaging atmosphere set in the 20’s.

4 Stars

 From the cover write up……
In 1917, Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family’s vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he’s found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But when Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he’s wrong. Orphaned young, Leah’s been acting since she was a toddler.

Oliver, never one to miss an opportunity, makes a proposition—with his coaching, Leah can impersonate Jessie, claim the fortune, and split it with him. The role of a lifetime, he says. A one-way ticket to Sing Sing, she hears. But when she’s let go from her job, Oliver’s offer looks a lot more appealing. Leah agrees to the con, but secretly promises herself to try and find out what happened to the real Jessie. There’s only one problem: Leah’s act won’t fool the one person who knows the truth about Jessie’s disappearance.

Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, Mary Miley’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition winner The Impersonator will delight readers with its elaborate mystery and lively prose.(

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