Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.
Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.
Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried, especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.
WOW!!! This book had so many secrets it was hard to keep track! I love a good mystery and I love the setting for this book, London 1660's and 1670's. I am amazed and intrigued by stories of times long ago! This book definitely delivered a great story! Lady Wilde, Isabel was not going to let anyone know she may be falling on hard times. She was still a mistress to the King of England and she had a reputation to uphold! But when I young girl calming to be her niece showed up she knew everything was about to change! Isabel needed answers and she was not giving up until she had them! I would highly recommend this book! Loved it! I give it 5 stars!