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Deception's Daughter

Cordelia Frances Biddle


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Critics raved about The Conjurer, the first in Cordelia Frances Biddle’s superb historical mystery series. Now Philadelphian heiress Martha Beale is back in a second thrilling installment laced with fast-paced intrigue and exquisite period detail.

When the daughter of one of Philadelphia’s finest families disappears, Martha Beale becomes the unwilling liaison between the girl’s aloof and aristocratic parents and Thomas Kelman, Martha’s secret beau, who is overseeing the investigation.

What appears to be a kidnapping, however, takes a darker turn, and complex clues implicate rich and poor alike. It is up to Martha and Kelman to unravel the diabolical plot--and the painful disparity of their social classes--as they struggle to unmask the killer.

As in The Conjurer, Cordelia Frances Biddle’s elegant and evocative prose brings to vibrant life mid-nineteenth-century Philadelphia. Deception’s Daughter is a stunning sequel from a multitalented crime writer.

Praise For Deception's Daughter

Praise for Cordelia Frances Biddle and the Martha Beale Mysteries

“A first-rate mystery.”
---Julia Spencer-Fleming, author of I Shall Not Want, on The Conjurer

“A feast for those fans who enjoy engaging characters and may attract readers who loved Caleb Carr’s attention to detail in The Alienist and Jacqueline Winspear’s appealing sleuth, Maisie Dobbs.”
---Library Journal on The Conjurer

“A good read . . . skillfully evokes the elegant society salons and grubby streets of 1842 Philadelphia.”
---Philadelphia Magazine on Deception's Daughter

“Biddle has done more than devise an engaging story populated by memorable characters. She has managed to restore to us an earlier Philadelphia, [which is] intact and alive.”
---Jon Clinch, author of Finn on Deception’s Daughter

“An intricately orchestrated narrative . . . Biddle wonderfully evokes the color and culture of the time.”
---Publishers Weekly on The Conjurer

“Fresh and believable. Biddle knows her manner and her city, and shows both to great advantage.”
---Cleveland Plain Dealer on The Conjurer

“Corruption, clairvoyance, and family connections abound as you are transported back in time to the richly detailed world of Martha Beale. A smart and sumptuous series awaits.”
---Mary Alice Gorman, co-owner of Mystery Lovers Bookshop (Oakmont, Pennsylvania), on The Conjurer

"Offers fully human characters and a credible plot. Exceptional attention to period detail helps transport the reader to a past very unlike our own and yet so similar."
---Publishers Weekly on Deception's Daughter

Minotaur Books, 9780312352479, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2008

About the Author

Cordelia Frances Biddle is a member of one of Philadelphia's oldest families, and the details of this series are uncannily authentic. She co-wrote "Murder at San Simeon" with Patricia Hearst and writes the popular Nero Blanc crossword puzzle mysteries with her husband, Steve Zettler. This is her second novel in the Martha Beale mystery series; the first, "The Conjurer," is available from St. Martin's Griffin. Visit her Web site at