The Counterfeit Wife
by Mally Becker
September 19 - October 14, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Months have passed since young widow Becca Parcell and former printer Daniel Alloway foiled a plot that threatened the new nation. But independence is still a distant dream, and General Washington can’t afford more unrest, not with food prices rising daily and the value of money falling just as fast.
At the General’s request, Becca and Daniel travel to Philadelphia to track down traitors who are flooding the city with counterfeit money. Searching for clues, Becca befriends the wealthiest women in town, the members of the Ladies Association of Philadelphia, while Daniel seeks information from the city’s printers.
But their straightforward mission quickly grows personal and deadly as a half-remembered woman from Becca’s childhood is arrested for murdering one of the suspected counterfeiters.
With time running out – and their faux marriage breaking apart – Becca and Daniel find themselves searching for a hate-driven villain who’s ready to kill again.
Praise for The Counterfeit Wife:
"The Counterfeit Wife by Mally Becker has it all — adventure, romance and deceit … [w]ith smooth-as-ice prose and pitch-perfect dialogue."
Tina deBellegarde, Agatha- and Derringer-nominated author of the Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery Series
"The Counterfeit Wife is a not-to-be-missed adventure that gives new meaning to rebel and loyalist, spy and spouse."
Lori Robbins, award-winning author of the On Pointe and Masterclass Mystery series
"As the young country struggles for independence, so does Becca, and she will have you turning pages well into the night … I highly recommended The Counterfeit Wife and I’m already anxious for the third of the series."
Eileen Harrison Sanchez, award-winning author of Freedom Lessons—A Novel
This is another good novel from Becker highlighting the turmoil between the supporters of the British and those supporting independence at the time. The novel had many aspects I liked. It was interesting to learn a bit about printing and counterfeiting and how it might be used to weaken the independence effort. The justice system of the day was certainly frustrating to those such as Becca and Daniel as they tried to uncover a murderer.
Other interesting aspects of the plot included the relatively new use of inoculation to prevent smallpox. Washington had embraced it for his troops and a character in the novel was a “healer,” practicing inoculation along with using herbs and tinctures to help those sick. It was also very interesting to see how a woman like Becca would go about getting information in that society.
There were a couple of areas in the plot I did not like. I don't like it when a character gets into trouble because of foolish actions. That is exactly what Daniel did. Suspecting he was heading into a trap, he went anyway. And once there, he stayed when we readers knew he should have left right away. Of course, disaster happened. Also, at the end of the novel, the resolution to the final suspense was just a little too convenient.
Except for those two issues, I enjoyed this informative novel. It gives readers a good idea of the conditions in Philadelphia during the War of Independence. I was happy to see Becker clarified the historical and fictional parts of her novel at the end.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the previous book in this series, The Turncoat's Widow.
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: September 2022
Number of Pages: 300
Series: A Revolutionary War Mystery
Book Links: Amazon
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The Turncoat’s Widow, which Kirkus Reviews called, "A compelling tale... with charming main characters.” Her first novel was also named a Silver Falchion finalist and a CIBA “Mystery & Mayhem” finalist.
A member of the board of MWA-NY, Mally was an attorney until becoming a full-time writer and an instructor at The Writers Circle Workshops. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime and the Historical Novel Society. Mally and her husband live in New Jersey, where they raised their wonderful son and spend as much time as they can hiking and kayaking.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.