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Monday, October 8, 2012

Mailbox Monday #121


It’s Monday and you know what that means…time to unload what came in our mailboxes! 

Again only a small mailbox this week – which is OK by me.

This week I received a review copy of Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio from the publisher.  As I have not seen this one around the blogosphere yet, here is the blurb:

A sweeping historical novel about a beautiful con artist whose turn-of-the-century escapades take her around the world as she's doggedly pursued by a Pinkerton Agency detective.

The novel opens in 1917 with our cunning protagonist, May Dugas, standing trial for extortion. As the trial unfolds, May tells her version of events.

In 1887, at the tender age of eighteen, May ventures to Chicago in hopes of earning enough money to support her family. Circumstances force her to take up residence at the city’s most infamous bordello, but May soon learns to employ her considerable feminine wiles to extract not only sidelong looks but also large sums of money from the men she encounters.  Insinuating herself into Chicago’s high society, May lands a well-to-do fiancĂ©—until, that is, a Pinkerton Agency detective named Reed Doherty intervenes and summarily foils the engagement.

Unflappable May quickly rebounds, elevating seduction and social climbing to an art form as she travels the world, eventually marrying a wealthy Dutch Baron. Unfortunately, Reed Doherty is never far behind and continues to track May in a delicious cat-and-mouse game as the newly-minted Baroness’s misadventures take her from San Francisco to Shanghai to London and points in between.

The Pinkerton Agency really did dub May the “Most Dangerous Woman,” branding her a crafty blackmailer and ruthless seductress.  To many, though, she was the most glamorous woman to grace high society. Was the real May Dugas a cold-hearted swindler or simply a resourceful provider for her poor family?

As the narrative bounces back and forth between the trial taking place in 1917 and May’s devious but undeniably entertaining path to the courtroom—hoodwinking and waltzing her way through the gilded age and into the twentieth century—we're left to ponder her guilt as we move closer to finding out what fate ultimately has in store for our irresistible adventuress.

I have seen some mixed reviews about this one, but it seems to be a more light-hearted romp than serious novel.  I will be sure to let you know!

What came in your mailboxes this week?

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  1. I haven't heard of these before, but I hope you enjoy them!

  2. I like historical fiction. Let us know your thoughts when you are done.

    Silver's Reviews

  3. Hi Heather!

    I loved the post about Parlor Games! May's story sounds fascinating.

    My father was born in 1913 and I can still remember stories my Grandmother Bessie told me happened during those years! Of course my father was appaulled at some of those experiences she shared but I thought it was wonderful sneaking a peak at the past!

    Hope your had a great holiday week-end!


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