The Impersonator by Mary Miley audiobook

The Impersonator

By Mary Miley
Read by Tavia Gilbert

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Roaring Twenties Mysteries: Book 1

10.97 Hours 1
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In 1924 a young vaudeville actress takes on the role of a lifetime when she impersonates a missing heiress in this 2012 MB/MWA First Novel Competition winner. In 1917 Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family's vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he's found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But when Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he's wrong. Orphaned young, Leah's been acting since she was a toddler. Oliver, never one to miss an opportunity, makes a proposition—with his coaching, Leah can impersonate Jessie, claim the fortune, and split it with him. The role of a lifetime, he says. A one-way ticket to Sing Sing, she hears. But when she's let go from her job, Oliver's offer suddenly looks a lot more appealing. Leah agrees to the con but secretly promises herself to try and find out what happened to the real Jessie. There's only one problem: Leah's act won't fool the one person who knows the truth about Jessie's disappearance. Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, Mary Miley's The Impersonator will delight readers with its elaborate mystery and lively prose.

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Summary

Summary

In 1924 a young vaudeville actress takes on the role of a lifetime when she impersonates a missing heiress in this 2012 MB/MWA First Novel Competition winner.

In 1917 Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family's vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he's found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But when Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he's wrong. Orphaned young, Leah's been acting since she was a toddler.

Oliver, never one to miss an opportunity, makes a proposition—with his coaching, Leah can impersonate Jessie, claim the fortune, and split it with him. The role of a lifetime, he says. A one-way ticket to Sing Sing, she hears. But when she's let go from her job, Oliver's offer suddenly looks a lot more appealing. Leah agrees to the con but secretly promises herself to try and find out what happened to the real Jessie. There's only one problem: Leah's act won't fool the one person who knows the truth about Jessie's disappearance.

Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, Mary Miley's The Impersonator will delight readers with its elaborate mystery and lively prose.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Miley shows a deft touch and sets a blistering pace…Leah Randall/Jesse Carr leaps off the pages in this Roaring Twenties period piece that drips with bathtub gin, truck-size cars, outsize personalities, money, high stakes, and enough twists, turns, and sleights of hand to keep one reading late into the night…Simply put, this book is FUN.” David Baldacci
“Mary Miley has delivered a tale that lures us into the dangerous underworld of Prohibition: rum smugglers, bootleggers, and the glamorous lost realm of vaudeville, ruled by troupers like Mae West, W. C. Fields, Eddie Cantor, and Jack Benny, a realm so real that we can almost smell the greasepaint. The Impersonator is an exciting debut that climaxes at the very tip of the rockbound coast of the Pacific Northwest, in a literal cliffhanger!” Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author
“Miley’s lively debut follows vaudeville actress Leah Randall as she takes on the most challenging role of her young life—impersonating an heiress…The story is engrossing, the characters satisfyingly larger than life, and one can only hope for an encore from the smart, feisty, and talented heroine.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Miley’s clever historical debut successfully portrays an intricate puzzle featuring multiple cons. Her protagonist dazzles us with her fearlessness.” Library Journal
“Compelling characters, an engaging story line, and a heroine with lots of moxie make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.” Booklist
“In a mystery set during the Roaring ’20s, an actress takes on the role of a lifetime—if someone doesn’t kill her first…Historian Miley, winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, presents a colorfully detailed mystery…and a heroine whom readers will want to see succeed.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Mary Miley

Author Bio: Mary Miley

Mary Miley is the winner of the 2012 Minotaur Books / Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. She worked at Colonial Williamsburg, taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University for thirteen years, and has published extensively in history and travel. Miley lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English