"Deception. The lie that tells the truth."
A damaged painting tempts Lord Clearwater to a final battle with his arch-enemy, and it's not a summons he can ignore.
Archer must free his homicidal brother from incarceration and reinstate him to the title. He will be left humiliated and penniless, but free to live his life with Silas with no threat of exposure. The alternative is death.
Drawing inspiration from a work of art, Clearwater manipulates a series of illusions to stay one step ahead of the endgame. While James, Tom and Silas race to solve clues and reach Archer before the fatal deadline, the assassin, Dorjan, remains hot on his heels ready to kill.
The sixth book in The Clearwater Mysteries series brings back popular characters from previous adventures in a fast-paced, twisting mystery that can have only one of two possible endings.
Or perhaps one of three. After all, deception is the lie that tells the truth.
(There will be more stories in this series.)
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Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Word Count: 98000
Setting: England, Holland
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
The Clearwater Mysteries are set in 1888 and 1889. This is an ongoing series, and 'Artful Deception' is the sixth instalment. It is best to have read the other books in order. The main characters of the series are gay (bar one) in Victorian Britain. The books are a mix of historical accuracy and invention, gay relationships and love, humour and action, but always, there is a mystery to solve, and the driving force of the characters and stories is male bonding and friendship in times of persecution.