A Deadly Deception

A Deadly Deception

by Tessa Harris

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Overview

The streets of Victorian London are clothed in shadows and secrets in Tessa Harris’s gripping new mystery featuring flower seller Constance Piper . . .
 
London, July 1889. Eight months have passed since the horrific murder of Mary Jane Kelly. The residents of Whitechapel have begun breathing easy again—daring to leave windows open and walk about at twilight. But when old Alice Mackenzie is found dead, throat slashed almost from ear to ear, the whispers begin once more: Jack the Ripper is back.
 
Constance Piper, a flower seller with a psychic gift, was a friend to both women. With the supernatural help of her late mentor, Miss Emily Tindall, and her more grounded ally, police detective Thaddeus Hawkins, she uncovers links between the murders and a Fenian gang. The Fenians, committed to violence to further their goal of an independent Ireland, are also implicated in a vicious attack in which the Countess of Kildane’s uncle was killed. Could the Whitechapel murders be a ruse to make the British police look helpless?
 
Soon, Constance is called upon for help. But there are spies everywhere in the city, and a bomb plot intended to incur devastating carnage. And as Constance is fast discovering, the greatest evil may not lurk in the grimy alleys of the East End, but in a conspiracy that runs from Whitechapel to the highest office in the land . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496706607
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: A Constance Piper Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 179,656
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tessa Harris is the author of the acclaimed Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, including Secrets in the Stones and The Anatomist’s Apprentice, as well as two other novels in the Constance Piper Mystery series, The Sixth Victim and The Angel Makers. A graduate of Oxford University with a history degree, Tessa has also been a journalist and editor, contributing to many national publications such as the Times and the Telegraph. She has also acted as a literary publicist for several well-known authors. Readers can visit her website at www.tessaharrisauthor.com.

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A Deadly Deception 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Jantine 19 days ago
I read the other two installments of this series too, and I recommend to read those before reading this book. Jack the Ripper is one gruesome part of London's history out of many, and one that peaks my interest. That is why I started reading the books about Constance Piper. I just could not let the chance go by to read fiction about this! For most parts, I could feel the oppressive and scary mood of the place and time. I love how, meanwhile, things also went on as normal. Another great thing about this book - and it's predecessors - is how it hooks into the interest for mediums and the occult that happened quite a lot in this time. I would have liked it better though, if Constance had not prayed to her beloved miss Tindall all the time, like she could not think for herself anymore. Another pet peeve of mine is that Constance changed from the girl that helped her sister pickpocketing by getting the attention of people with her flowers in part one, to a Mary Sue who all but condemned her sister for her occupation now, while she hardly had time to sell flowers anymore. Girl, how else would there be food on the table and payed rent, while you are too busy nosing around and calling for your ghost friend to sell flowers? In the end this was mostly a pet peeve though. I'd certainly pick up this book again if I had to choose again, and I hope there will be more books about Constance to come!
georgia1 23 days ago
This is the first book I have read by Tessa Harris and it certainly will not be my last. The mystery, suspense, paranormal and amazing characters have drawn me in and have me only wanting to read more! There was such a different twist with the Constance Piper, A flower seller being a psychic and getting help from Miss Emily Tindall, her old mentor and a ghost. Oh yes and that made the story even more fascinating! This time period with the horror of Jack the Ripper, which has fascinated almost everyone since that time, is talked about again as another victim is found dead with the same MO. But there is a lot of unrest with the Fenians, who are stirring up trouble violence in trying to gain the independence of Ireland. Thaddeus Hawkins is a police detective who uses Constance's help in trying to solve the murders. There seems to be a lot going on though with evil being found in some unlikely places. Prepare to sit back and not be able to stop once you start this amazing tale written by an author who uses fiction and facts to hold you captive until the end! By the way I love this cover! It sets the mood wonderfully! I read this through NetGallery and the publisher lori Dykes
Noire 25 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. A Deadly Deception by Tessa Harris is the 3rd book in her Constance Piper Mystery series. When flower seller Constance Piper’s mothers friend Alice MacKenzie is murdered rumours abound that she was a victim of Jack the Ripper. Constance does not think so and with the help of the ghost of her teacher Emily Tindall she and police detective Thadedeus Hawkins set out to solve a mystery that gets murkier with each clue she uncovers. I found the story a bit hard to get into as chapters are narrated alternately by Constance and the ghost of Emily Tindale, with Constance’s chapters in the first person and Emily’s in neutral third party narration it made for an uneven flow in the story. Emily supposedly communicates with Constance but there was very little of that which made me wonder what was the point of it. Perhaps if I had read the first two books I would have enjoyed this one more because it has some fascinating historical detail but also things that don’t make sense such as Constance’s not needing to actually sell flowers and at times she seems much more sophisticated than one would expect. Publishing Date August 27, 2019 #NetGalley #DeadlyDeception #TessaHarris #HistoricalMystery #ConstancePiperMystery #Bookstagram
MusicInPrint 26 days ago
LONDON 1889 MURDERS!!!! Jack the Ripper? Harris weaves a great crime drama with these Constance Piper books. Great characters!! Constance Piper is a lowly flower girl with a talent as a sleuth aided by her psychic visions. She has her hands full trying to figure out who the latest murderer is. Her police contact Thaddeus Hawkins again seeks Constance for help with this latest murder case. Love the chemistry of these two characters and can't wait for this to blossom. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." WOULD READ THIS SERIES IN ORDER.
AMGiacomasso 26 days ago
A very good historical mystery with paranormal elements. I was fascinated by how well the author mixes historical, paranormal and mystery elements making this book gripping and entertaining. I like Costance and I think that the entire cast of characters is well written and interesting. I appreciated a historical mystery that is not set in a high society environment but in the slums of Whitechapel. I didn't read the previous instalment but I had no issue with the plot or the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
MKF 26 days ago
Constance is back- and so, maybe, is Jack the Ripper! Constance, a flower seller, has a gift and she also has the voice of Emily, her beloved and quite dead friend, in her ear. In fact, this is told alternately by Constance and Emily (go with it- it's not woo woo) as Constance tries to find the murderer of her mother's friend Ol'Alice, which was killed in a way reminiscent of the Ripper. Constance has a good friend, ally, and associate in Inspector Thaddeus Hawkins, who frankly takes advantage of her skills. This is less about the Ripper, however, than the Fenians, a violent group which is wrecking havoc in London. I learned a bit (always a plus) and this made the mystery more complex. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical mysteries. While this is the third of a series, it could easily be read as a standalone.