Author: Mally Becker
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Publisher: Level Best Books
Release Date: 2022
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Philadelphia, June 1780. George Washington’s two least likely spies return, masquerading as husband and wife as they search for traitors in Philadelphia.
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.
My Review: The Counterfeit Wife is the sequel to The Turncoat’s Widow. Becca and Daniel are sent by General George Washington to look for counterfeiters in Philadelphia. When one counterfeiter is murdered, Becca’s long-lost mother is blamed for the murder. Could Becca save her mother and find the real killer?
This novel gives more insight into Becca’s background. We learn more of her relationship with her mother. We also learn that Becca has trust issues and is very insecure. She is not as confident as she pretends to be. This often leads her into conflict with Daniel. Throughout the course of the novel, Becca must learn to overcome her fears if she wants to pursue her own happiness. I also loved Becca’s sleuthing skills. She is very observant and strongly daring.
Daniel is an excellent sleuthing partner. However, he is pretty reckless and often gets himself into dangerous situations. Still, he is very supportive of Becca and admires her intelligence. I love the blossoming romance between Becca and Daniel. It was a very compelling will-they-or-won’t-they romance. I wanted to see if they ended up together by the end of the novel.
Overall, this novel is about motherhood, counterfeiting, and slavery. I found all the characters to be very intriguing. I also loved how the mystery was set during the Revolutionary War. This setting was very refreshing after reading many historical mysteries set in the Victorian era! The only things I did not like about this book was that it had a slow beginning and a predictable mystery. Nevertheless, there was a lot of intrigue, action, and romance that will keep you invested in the story! I hope that there will be more installments in the Revolutionary War Mystery series because I would like to know more about what happens to Becca and Daniel! I recommend this for fans of Victoria Hamilton, Julie Bates, and Jane Steen!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars