Review of The Impersonator in the Library Journal

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A great review for The Impersonator from the Library Journal. I particularly like the reviewer’s clever last line about the killer not planning to let Jessie act anymore, anywhere. Wish I’d thought of that!

“In 1917, a young heiress went missing from her family’s Oregon manor, and seven years later, her fortune will be distributed if she doesn’t return soon to claim it. A con artist–Uncle Oliver–finds a charming vaudevillian actress willing to tackle the role of Jessie Carr; the deal is they will split the money. The new Jessie handles her part with aplomb, winning over most of the Car family. But the orphan actress gradually realizes how much she likes this new lifestyle and family, and she finds the web of deceit a struggle. Unfortunately, the deadline looms, and someone sinister hasn’t been fooled at all. That person doesn’t plan to let “Jessie” act anymore, anywhere. VERDICT: Miley’s clever historical debut successfully portrays an intricate puzzle featuring multiple cons. Her protagonist dazzles us with her fearlessness. Inspired by Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar, Miley’s stand-alone is the winner of the Minotaur Books. Mystery Writers of America First Drime Novel Competition.”

And here’s the one from Booklist’s Allison Block. 

“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 victim’s 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.”   

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  1. A thoroughly enjoyable story especially since it grabs your attention while you’re reading the 1st chapter. And from then on, the story carries the reader from suspect to suspect, finding out “who did it”. I’m hoping that Leah (or Jesse) will live again in a looked for serial. — JDM


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