A Novel Disguise


A Novel Disguise (A Lady Librarian Mystery)
by Samantha Larsen

About A Novel Disguise 



A Novel Disguise (A Lady Librarian Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Imaginary English village, 1784
Crooked Lane Books (May 16, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639103465
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639103461
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B9WJ8FFT

When Miss Tiffany Woodall assumes the identity of her half-brother after his death, she realizes she isn’t the only one with a secret to hide in this historical series debut, perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn and Sherry Thomas.

1784 London.Miss Tiffany Woodall didn’t murder her half-brother, but she did bury him in the back garden so that she could keep her cottage. Now, the confirmed spinster has to pretend to be Uriah and fulfill his duties as the Duke of Beaufort’s librarian while searching Astwell Palace for Uriah’s missing diamond pin, the only thing of value they own. Her ruse is almost up when she is discovered by Mr. Samir Lathrop, the local bookseller, who tries to save her from drowning while she’s actually just washing up in a lake after burying her brother.

Her plan is going by the book, until the rector proposes marriage and she starts to develop feelings for Mr. Lathrop. But when her childhood friend, Tess, comes to visit, Tiffany quickly realizes her secret isn’t the only one hidden within these walls. The body of a servant is found, along with a collection of stolen items, and someone else grows mysteriously ill. Can Tiffany solve these mysteries without her own disguise being discovered? If not, she’ll lose her cottage and possibly her life.

About Samantha Larsen

Samantha Hastings met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, having tea parties, and chasing her four kids. She has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Reading (UK). She’s the author of: The Last Word, The Invention of Sophie Carter, A Royal Christmas Quandary, The Girl with the Golden Eyes, Jane Austen Trivia, The Duchess Contract, Secret of the Sonnets, The Marquess and the Runaway Lady, and A Novel Disguise. She also writes cozy murder mysteries under Samantha Larsen.

Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved creating a heroine that was forty years old. I happen to be the same age! So often, books are about the young and the beautiful. Most coming of age stories are focused on teenagers and young adults. I enjoyed writing about a woman coming into herself at a much later age and discovering that she still has so many possibilities. 

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
I am delighted to share that DEBUTANTE WITH A DANGEROUS PAST is coming out August 22, 2023 from Harlequin Historical. Lord Matthew Stringham has a way with words and Miss Nancy Black has a way with knives. She steals his heart, but can a thief and a lord find their own happy ending? 

Read the free prequel ebook, THE DUCHESS CONTRACT: https://books2read.com/u/mY8AYd 

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
Thank you for asking. Tiffany’s story continues in ONCE UPON A MURDER coming out February 2024. She finds a murdered man practically on her doorstep! In A NOVEL DISGUISE, the 18th century novels mentioned are gothic mysteries and romances. For ONCE UPON A MURDER, the literary emphasis is on historical fairytales.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. I loved Anne Shirley and Jo March. They were my heroes. When I was a teen, I wrote a lot of terribly poetry. My big break in writing came in 2017 when an imprint of Macmillan purchased my first book, THE LAST WORD (Feiwel and Friends, 2019). It’s a historical fiction Young Adult book. I published two more books with them and then transitioned to writing adult stories. I’m currently working with three publishers: Crooked Lane, Harlequin, and Covenant Communications. 

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

My full name is Samantha Larsen Hastings. My mysteries are underneath Samantha Larsen. I also write historical romance underneath Samantha Hastings. I have three books coming out in 2023: SECRET OF THE SONNETS, THE MARQUESS AND THE RUNAWAY LADY, and DEBUTANTE WITH A DANGEROUS PAST. 

Check out my website for more information: www.SamanthaHastings.com 

Author Links

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