The Impersonator



[PDF / Epub] ☁ The Impersonator Author Mary Miley – E17streets4all.co.uk In , 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 va In , 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 toddlerOliver, 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 looks a lot 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 disappearanceSet against a Prohibition era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, Mary Miley s Minotaur books Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition winner The Impersonator will delight readers with its elaborate mystery and lively prose.The Impersonator

I m an Army brat who has lived in Virginia most of my adult life I received my BA and MA in history from the College of William and Mary and taught American history and museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University for thirteen years I am the author of almost magazine articles, most on history, travel, and business topics, and of ten nonfiction books For fun, I write mysteries set in the Roaring Twenties.

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  • Hardcover
  • 358 pages
  • The Impersonator
  • Mary Miley
  • English
  • 13 February 2019
  • 1250028167

10 thoughts on “The Impersonator

  1. says:

    The Impersonator by Mary Miley is a 2013 Minotaur publication The roaring twenties, vaudeville, and a puzzling mystery a winning combination When, Leah, a Vaudeville performer, is approached by a gentleman, who introduces himself as her Uncle Oliver , and swears she is the spitting image of his niece, Jessie Carr, she blows him off, thinking he s a creep But he persists in his pursuit, finally revealing that dear Jessie disappeared when she was fourteen years old, and that if she doesn t s The Impersonator by Mary Miley is a 2013 Minotaur publication The roaring twenties, vaudeville, and a puzzling mystery a winning combination When, Leah, a Vaudeville performer, is approached by a gentleman, who introduces himself as her Uncle Oliver , and swears she is the spitting image of his niece, Jessie Carr, she blows him off, thinking he s a creep But he persists in his pursuit, finally revealing that dear Jessie disappeared when she was fourteen years old, and that if she doesn t show up to claim her generous inheritance soon, it will be forfeited Leah, as an actress, could impersonate Jessie and secure the fortune, which she and Oliver would share Initially Leah refuses the offer, but shortly thereafter, she finds herself down on her luck and in dire straits Desperate, Leah contacts Oliver and agrees to play the part However, once she arrives at Cliff House, she begins to think the real Jessie might have met with foul play Not only that, her cousins, who stand to lose a fortune, have promised to prove she s a fake With the deaths of two other girls nearby, Leah begins to think the cases are connected to Jessie somehow She must also keep her wits about her and avoid making any grave errors until the estate signs over the inheritance Is Jessie still out there somewhere, or has something terrible happened to her Will Leah manage to pull off the performance of a lifetime, or will she be exposed and arrested for fraud or worse This book has been sitting on my Kindle for at least six years I ve been looking through my device recently, trying to read a few books that slid down the TBR list and off my radar over the years This book stuck out because I ve been dying to readhistorical fiction lately, but all the new releases tend to follow a current trend and there are few choices beyond that right now However, that unfortunate situation did force me to look through my older titles for something to satisfy my craving, and as a result, I have found some real gems this being one of them The 1920s is one of my favorite historical settings, and the Vaudeville theme also sounded intriguing To put the cherry on the cake, there s a mystery to solve a cold case, at that The plot is not totally original, as there have been other books, and even real life cases in which someone claimed to be a long lost relative to gain access to a title, power or wealth However, the author did a great job of making the story uniquely hers, especially when it came to characterizations Leah is a great heroine, full of spunk and enthusiasm and one couldn t help but root for her While the culprit is rather obvious, there are several nice twists and surprises along the way, and I loved the way the story ended.As I suspected, this book was a good fit for me Why I didn t get around to reading it ages ago, I m not sure But, better late than never But the best news is that there are at least three other books in this series I can t wait to see what Leah will get up to next

  2. says:

    Raised in vaudeville, Leah has jumped from troop to troop, changing names and characters, travelling all over America since she was a tot But the vaudeville scene is changing and she s not sure if theres a place for her in it It s at this crossroads where she meets Oliver who offers her the role of a lifetime Turns out Leah is a dead ringer for his niece Jessie who disappeared at 14 and hasn t been heard from since The time has come for her to claim her inheritance or it s handed over to her Raised in vaudeville, Leah has jumped from troop to troop, changing names and characters, travelling all over America since she was a tot But the vaudeville scene is changing and she s not sure if theres a place for her in it It s at this crossroads where she meets Oliver who offers her the role of a lifetime Turns out Leah is a dead ringer for his niece Jessie who disappeared at 14 and hasn t been heard from since The time has come for her to claim her inheritance or it s handed over to her cousins With the prospect of collecting enough money to set her up in a new life Leah finds this an offer she cannot refuse Using the tricks vaudeville has given her as well as spending a few weeks of Jessie training with Oliver, she is ready to meet the family What she wasn t ready for was the realization that not everyone in the family is happy to have Jessie back As the days progress and unusual incidents begin to happen, Leah realizes she needs to stay vigilant and discover the secret behind Jessie s disappearance in order to keep her own.I enjoyed this one a lot Miley s writing is beautiful and I could envision all the details perfectly She has spent a lot of time researching that era and her work most definitely enriches the story I did however find the mystery side to be quite predictable, there are not many plot twists here It s a beautiful journey though and I ll certainly be reading the next in the series.3.5 5

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Leah Jesse is such a fun, quirky and lovable character First person narrations are sometimes hard to pull off but it works so well in this story Just pure fun, a romp through the twenties and vaudeville We even get to meet a young Jack Benny, and a few others who at the time had top acts on the circuit Dressing rooms, theaters, the life of those in the business, and one has to admire their grit because there were so many acts it was hard to stay on top Good story, fast moving, some wonderfu Leah Jesse is such a fun, quirky and lovable character First person narrations are sometimes hard to pull off but it works so well in this story Just pure fun, a romp through the twenties and vaudeville We even get to meet a young Jack Benny, and a few others who at the time had top acts on the circuit Dressing rooms, theaters, the life of those in the business, and one has to admire their grit because there were so many acts it was hard to stay on top Good story, fast moving, some wonderful characters, this one is a delight

  4. says:

    I don t really even know what to do with this one Miley writes fairly well, and her vaudeville setting is fun and well researched, but as I was reading, all I could think was BRAT FARRAR by Josephine Tey And indeed, at the end of the book, she cites BF as an inspiration for this book Inspiration No The plotting is pretty much lifted wholesale from that book I knew what was going to happen every step of the way because yeah, I ve read BRAT FARRAR I guess I m unclear on how you win awards I don t really even know what to do with this one Miley writes fairly well, and her vaudeville setting is fun and well researched, but as I was reading, all I could think was BRAT FARRAR by Josephine Tey And indeed, at the end of the book, she cites BF as an inspiration for this book Inspiration No The plotting is pretty much lifted wholesale from that book I knew what was going to happen every step of the way because yeah, I ve read BRAT FARRAR I guess I m unclear on how you win awards for a first novel that somebody else plotted for you she brings it into a different setting but this is not, by any means, an original plot And since I m not sure that Tey is in public domain yet, I m unclear on how this works.Despite the fact that the writing is decent, I m only giving one star because I expect novelists to do their own plotting and come up with their own ideas

  5. says:

    Easy, fun mystery that s light hearted This is not a sit on the edge of your seat, nail biting, flipping to the end of the book mystery An enjoyable read with a very likable protagonist Recommend but not over the top with suspense

  6. says:

    I wanted to like this book I m not usually a fan of mysteries but the synopsis was enthralling After scanning the description and a few reviews I suspected that I had discovered a new favorite Alas, it was not meant to be dramatics The writing was decent, however, I was expecting so muchIt was clear who the obvious culprit would be in the case of Jessie s disappearance, so I was confident that there was a twist coming which had my mind racing, suspecting every character I mean, a I wanted to like this book I m not usually a fan of mysteries but the synopsis was enthralling After scanning the description and a few reviews I suspected that I had discovered a new favorite Alas, it was not meant to be dramatics The writing was decent, however, I was expecting so muchIt was clear who the obvious culprit would be in the case of Jessie s disappearance, so I was confident that there was a twist coming which had my mind racing, suspecting every character I mean, at one point I was absolutely convinced that the culprit was Grandmother When it turned out to be the person that the book pointed to all along I felt completely let down The scenarios I came up with in my head were muchentertaining Where was the mystery Also, the ending was too convenient and cleaned up.I felt that the interactions between characters were often clumsy and not how human beings would act or speak to each other I nearly laughed out loud when David kissed Leah after pulling her out of the cave I knew I couldn t feel this way about my sister not verbatim The timing was awkward and, well it was all awkward I ve been secretly harboring feelings for the person I thought was my sister Oh, okay Swoon.Another time when the twins and Leah were going to play tennis she tells them You ll have to teach me, remember the tennis court wasn t built when I was still here not verbatim No one talks like that, it would be entirely too obvious that she was a fraud and trying to convince them otherwise They were all there before Jessie disappeared, if she had said You ll have to teach me , there would have been no explanation necessary Perhaps I would have enjoyed ithad it not been labeled a mystery , but because it was I found it to be mostly just anti climactic

  7. says:

    THE IMPERSONATOR was an excellent historical mystery filled with details about Vaudeville, bootlegging, and life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s Leah has been in Vaudeville since she was an infant and has survived alone since her mother s death when Leah was twelve She has gone from act to act and changed her name to fit ever since But one night, Oliver Beckett comes to her with a proposition that will change her life She is a dead ringer for his niece Jessie who disappeared at age fou THE IMPERSONATOR was an excellent historical mystery filled with details about Vaudeville, bootlegging, and life in the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s Leah has been in Vaudeville since she was an infant and has survived alone since her mother s death when Leah was twelve She has gone from act to act and changed her name to fit ever since But one night, Oliver Beckett comes to her with a proposition that will change her life She is a dead ringer for his niece Jessie who disappeared at age fourteen Jessie was the sole heir to the Carr fortune Now the time of her twenty first birthday and the seventh anniversary of her disappearance are approaching Oliver wants Leah to impersonate Jessie, inherit the money, and share it with him Leah turns him down at first but when she loses her job with her current act and can t find another, desperation forces her to take Oliver s offer She is in training to become Jessamyn Beckett Carr.After some quick tutoring, Leah first tries out her act on Oliver s mother who was Jessie s grandmother Acceptance by her Grandmother and her Uncle Oliver and a story that will be hard for the trustees of Jessie s estate to disprove helps pave the way to meeting her aunt and cousins at Cliff House in Oregon Jessie disappeared while in the care of this family Her Aunt Veronica was consumed by her husband s last illness and Jessie was left at the mercy of her older cousins Henry and Ross and the teasing of her younger twin cousins Valerie and Caroline.While learning about Jessie, Leah becomes determined to find out what happened to her She quickly learns that other young women from the area had been murdered Because they were poor and Chinese or Native their deaths weren t being investigated very thoroughly Leah quickly begins to suspect that one of her cousins either Henry or Ross was involved Leah also has to deal with a number of attempts on her life when she assumes the role of Jessie.This was an excellent mystery I enjoyed getting to know Leah and could easily empathize with her decision to try for a better life I liked the period details and the mentions of Vaudeville stars that had later careers in radio and television Jack Benny plays a key role as Leah s friend I highly recommend this engaging and well written novel

  8. says:

    First Sentence I felt his eyes before I saw his face Orphaned Leah Randall has been doing vaudeville since she was a toddler However, her career is on the wane and she s not certain where her next job may be, until she s approached by a stranger Oliver Beckett thinks he s found his niece who disappeared when she was only 14 Jessie Carr was the sole heiress to her family s fortune Now Oliver thinks he s found a way for Jessie to return home, inherit and provide him with a life of comfort First Sentence I felt his eyes before I saw his face Orphaned Leah Randall has been doing vaudeville since she was a toddler However, her career is on the wane and she s not certain where her next job may be, until she s approached by a stranger Oliver Beckett thinks he s found his niece who disappeared when she was only 14 Jessie Carr was the sole heiress to her family s fortune Now Oliver thinks he s found a way for Jessie to return home, inherit and provide him with a life of comfort Can Leah Jessie pull it off amid the suspicion of the family, especially her two male cousins From the beginning, some with recognize the theme and predecessors to this book and, possibly, be a bit hesitant Fear not read on Set in 1979 and in the United States allows for fascinating new elements to the plot The details of a life in vaudeville, and the addition of famous people who began their careers there, truly brings the story to life Yet, as with the period, Miley correctly uses the labels for different ethnic groups which are unacceptable today Doesn t one always love a good plot twist, and the introduction of a threat Even the reader is momentarily left wondering what is true, and what is not A secondary plot adds another dimension to the story, and the opportunity to learn interesting information on the history of Oregon and its native Indian tribes We are also given an interesting prospective in a period when the Democratic Party was the pro segregation and anti immigration party of conservatives The Impersonator has a very effective plot, with excellent tension and suspense, including a highly effective twist at the end This is a wonderfully executed story.THE IMPERSONATOR Hist Mys Leah Randall Jessie Carr U.S 1917 VG Miley, Mary 1st bookMinotaur Books 2013

  9. says:

    Oh my, is there anything the MC cannot do It makes perfect sense that her memory is great she s spent her whole life with various theatres after all or that she s good at reading people having to survive in various environments can teach you that but considering how fast she masters every new thing she has to learn makes me wonder if she s a super human or a robot in disguise Not to mention she s go a sixth sense that saves her whenever she s in trouble It s not even annoying just plain Oh my, is there anything the MC cannot do It makes perfect sense that her memory is great she s spent her whole life with various theatres after all or that she s good at reading people having to survive in various environments can teach you that but considering how fast she masters every new thing she has to learn makes me wonder if she s a super human or a robot in disguise Not to mention she s go a sixth sense that saves her whenever she s in trouble It s not even annoying just plain unbelievable.What does annoy me for real is that the treatment of Native Americans by white people both in the past and in the 20s when the story takes place is literally summed up with oh no, these poor Indians heroine sheds a tear Ummm, really The murders of young women of colour are supposed to play a rather big part in the mystery but it doesn t feel like any of the POCs are anythingthan plot devices Or stage props that are only there to make our MC look sensitive and caring Aaaaaand, of course, the only queer characters is a bad guy How original As for the mystery it was interesting at first but the culprit was revealed quite fast and I honestly don t know what the rest of the book was for The MC showing off, probably

  10. says:

    this is great murder, mystery, VAUDEVILLE what s not to love sobs happily jessie is an amazing character and I love how she doesn t take shit the mystery was easy enough to solve but I was still blown away by the end I highly recommend reading this if you re a lover of historical mystery.

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