Thompson, Victoria (Victoria E.)
Con artist Elizabeth Miles has determined that Society is the biggest con of all. So far Elizabeth's only real social success has been with Priscilla Knight. Priscilla is a dedicated suffragist who was recently widowed for the second time in her young life. Her beloved first husband DeForrest Jenks died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters and a comfortable fortune. Soon after his death her pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her. Before she knew it he had engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Less than nine months later Endicott is also dead in a somewhat less tragic and even more suspicious accident. Priscilla confides to Elizabeth that she had understood Endicott was wealthy in his own right and she had brought a sizeable fortune to the marriage as well. Now her banker is telling her she has hardly any money left and that her house has been mortgaged. The banker has hinted at a scandal that could damage the family's reputation and her daughters' future prospects. Fearing destructive gossip Priscilla doesn't know whom to trust. Elizabeth discovers some unsavory evidence that seems to point to the possibility that Endicott's death may have been connected to blackmail. To save her new friend's future Elizabeth must use her special set of skills to find the truth.