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for Impostor, The
Date of Review: 07/14/05
Sometimes an author and a reader meet on the same surface. In THE IMPOSTOR, Bradley’s keen sense of style and her glorious humor definitely met with this reader’s blessings.
Dalton Montmorency, Lord Etheridge, is the spymaster of the Liar’s Club. The Liar’s Club is a motley crew of thieves and misfits operating undercover for the Crown and the English government. Montmorency gained the position when Simon Raines (THE PRETENDER) retired. However, the men, he now commands, hold him in suspicion. He is a lord of the realm; a haughty gentleman who didn’t earn the spymaster position; NOW they will force him to earn their loyalty. He vows to take on the very next mission himself, he will prove to his men that he is one of them and that he is damn good at his job! The next mission: to ferret out the notorious Sir Thorogood, the political caricaturist. The drawings are a thorn in the government’s side.
So who is Sir Thorogood and who wants him dead? Hence, Celeste Bradley introduces gentle intrigue.
Mrs. Clara Simpson is Sir Thorogood! This gently-bred widow secretly pens the cartoons. Her mission: to earn enough money to find a new home and rid herself of her overbearing in-laws. So when a pompous impostor adopts the role of Sir Thorogood, Clara is determined to betray the flamboyant fraud! But first Clara Simpson must camouflage her own appearance.
Aye, there’s the rub! Which character is the true impostor? Both! And that is the story’s essence. A story that is lusty, humorous, and charming. Furthermore, Celeste Bradley’s secondary characters are well drawn and only enhance the book’s surroundings.
However, in my mind, Bradley’s THE PRETENDER and THE IMPOSTOR run together. The storylines are fundamentally cloned. Although I liked both books very much, they are essentially the same. Perhaps, if I had NOT read them back to back . . . Nevertheless, on its own, THE IMPOSTOR is still great fun!
- Overall Rating: A-
- Overall Sensuality: Adorable.