Review, Author Interview and Giveaway: ‘To Disguise The Truth’ (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, Book 3) by Jen Turano

About The Book:

When a man arrives at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire them to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her . . . and that she may no longer be able to hide under the disguise that has kept her safe for so long.

Arthur Livingston’s goal in life is to make his mark on the world as a mining industrialist, but after the man who could help him achieve his goal is murdered, Arthur feels compelled to seek justice for the family–but he’s left with more questions than answers after the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency refuses to take on his case.

Desperate to conceal her real identity and avoid the irritatingly handsome Arthur, Eunice takes on a different case that requires her to go deep undercover and entangles her in one troublesome situation after another. When other secrets come to light, Eunice has no choice but to confront her past, hopeful that it will set her free but knowing it could very well place her life–and the lives of those she loves–in jeopardy.

About Jen Turano
Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at http://www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.
Here we go! I am absolutely delighted to have Jen as my guest today on the blog! I have been a fan since I read her very first book. Her books are SO much fun to read. Once I laughed so hard, I scared my little dog and he jumped off my lap and ran in the next room.

Jen has graciously offered to give away a print copy of To Disguise The Truth to one lucky reader. Sorry, due to pesky postages rates, this giveaway is limited to those living in the contiguous 48 United States. To enter the giveaway, you need to do three things:
1. Leave a comment on this blog.
2. Give your full name
3. Leave your email in a non-spammy format. Example: Susan (at) yahoo (dot) com.

The giveaway will last for one week.

Now, let’s get started with the interview. Settle down and visit with Jen a few minutes.
  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?  Were you a reader as a child?

Unlike a lot of authors I know, I never really considered becoming a writer when I was younger. I merely fell into it when my son was in third grade and we plodded through this horrendous series about this owl. After we finished book number six, he told me that the stories I used to make up for him when he was little – because being in third grade was so old – were far better than the series we’d just read. We decided to write a book together, just for fun, mind you, but I discovered that I really enjoyed using my brain again after being a stay-at-home mom for years. It took me seven manuscripts before I perfected my craft enough to secure an agent, and then she very kindly sold one of my books, A Change of Fortune, to Bethany House. I’ve been writing for them ever since.

And, yes, I’ve always been a reader. I learned to read when I was three because I was really shy and used to disappear into my closet with a book. My mom fixed up a reading spot for me in there, and before everyone knew it, I could read on my own.

  1. Why did you decide to write in this particular time period?

Interestingly enough, when I first tried my hand at historical romance, I wrote during the Regency period. But then, as I was perusing research books, I stumbled across this fascinating book – Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age. After I read it, I was hooked. In all honesty, I knew next to nothing about the Gilded Age, but the more I delved into it, the more I knew I wanted to write a story set in that time. That book turned out to be A Change of Fortune, and I’ve been writing in the Gilded Age from that book on. I now know more about that period in time than I ever imagined, but in a good way.

  1. Your books are so hilarious.  I often find myself laughing uproariously, once even scared my dog.  I go back and read funny passages all over again just so I can laugh some more.  Do you consider yourself a funny or particularly witty person.

You know, I’ve always had a weird sense of humor. And in all honesty, people either find me amusing or else they think I’ve lost my mind. I’m good with either reaction.

  1. Do you have inspirations for your characters?

I use a lot of traits from people I know in all of my characters, but I never tell my friends if I’ve crafted a character specifically after them because, well, what if they don’t like how I created that character? I also find inspiration from just watching people. People fascinate me, what with all their quirks and delightful idiosyncrasies, and I can amuse myself for hours simply sitting in a café watching everyone come and go. I’m a shameless eavesdropper, and you would not believe the fodder for stories I’ve gotten from that eavesdropping.

  1. How long does it take you to write a book?

That depends. Normally it takes about four months. Then two months on and off with edits. Writing through the beginning of Covid almost killed me, though, which is why I decided to take nine months between books for my next series, The Matchmakers. Oddly enough, because I haven’t been under any pressure, I wrote the first book in that series in two months, and now I’m way ahead of schedule. Who knew that writing would get easier if I wasn’t faced with such daunting deadlines?

  1. What does a writing day look like for you?  Do you write every day?

I’m a morning person, so I get up before six. I’m at my desk by eight, and I usually put in at least eight hours of writing during weekdays, unless I’m under a deadline, or finishing up a book – then it’s twelve to eighteen hours. I don’t work on the weekends unless I’m under deadline, but it’s definitely a job, so that’s how I approach it. Contracts that come with pesky deadlines seem to help keep me on track.

  1. Do you have a favorite character or series?

I do have a favorite character and book. Ready? It’s “Diamond in the Rough” with my favorite character being Poppy Garrison, and no, I have no idea why. Also, don’t tell anyone because my other characters may stage a revolt if word gets out.

  1. When I read your books, as I mentioned earlier, I am always completely undone with laughter in parts.  Is this what you want readers to do?

Yes. One of the best parts of my job is getting letters from readers, telling me my stories amuse them. Life is tough, so my hope with every book is that I’m providing someone with a few hours of escape from their worries, and perhaps giving them a smile or two in the process.

  1. Can you tell my readers more about the New York Four Hundred?

This is a question I could speak about for hours – but the condensed version is this – The New York Four Hundred came about because, after the Civil War, fortunes were being made like never before. Well, all of sudden, these nouveau riche as they were called, were trying to breach the walls of old New York society. Something had to be done to keep them out – enter Mr. Ward McAllister and Mrs. Astor. They formed an alliance, along with lists of people ‘we know’ who were then proclaimed to be acceptable in society’s eyes. Newcomers were left out in the cold, given the cut direct unless they could win Mrs. Astor’s favor. She believed that anyone who could trace their fortune back three generations could be considered for society, which is how Alva Vanderbilt was finally able to get Mrs. Astor’s agreement to allow the Vanderbilt family into high society. As for the name, The New York Four Hundred, that came about merely because only 400 guests could fit comfortably in the ballroom of Mrs. Astor’s Fifth Avenue brownstone.

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Jen. I’m sure everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have. Now, folks, don’t forget to enter the giveaway. Scroll back to see exactly how to do that. And check below for my review.

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘How can you honestly think a woman who shot you is going to want to marry you?’

When Jen Turano began The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series, I was so much looking forward to the mysterious Eunice’s story. Eunice, who wears widow’s weeds and several veils at a time. And Turano does not disappoint.

It seems Eunice has some serious secrets in her past and in one evening, they have turned up to smack her right in the face and she is at a loss as to how to handle it. Eunice, who seems to have an answer for everything.

Turano is the best with her dry wit, let me tell you. Her books never fail to bring me to absolute hilarity! She is completely perfect in her genre. Reading her books bring me such complete joy! Well done!

My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The review here is my own opinion.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Genre: Historcial
Length: 350 pages
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B2N2DP5/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

26 thoughts on “Review, Author Interview and Giveaway: ‘To Disguise The Truth’ (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, Book 3) by Jen Turano”

  1. Oh my gosh, Jen – I just love reading your books! Thanks so much for the giveaway. Many blessings as you continue to write stories for all to enjoy! bettimace AT gmail DOT com

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  2. What a fun interview! I love Jen’s books and was reading “To Write a Wrong” while on break today. Good thing the doors were closed, because it was in the library, and I was laughing out loud. I am only partway done and already have a favorite line (so far!) Thanks for the chance to win my own copy! Kathleen Clark; kclarkholly (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Jen Turano’s books are so fun to read. I like the mix of humor, zany characters, adventure, and romance. I’ve read all of her books except for To Disguise the Truth, so of course I have to read it too. Thanks for the interview with Jen and the giveaway.

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  4. I’ve read the first two books in this series and they’re hilarious! Thanks for the fun interview (and the awesome giveaway)!
    terirose22 (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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  5. I too laugh and love that I do through Jen’s books. So excited to read this book! No need to include me in the drawing as I have a copy coming to me already. Great questions, it was fun to read this blog.

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  6. I discovered your books several years ago and have been a big fan of your books since and can’t wait to read more…

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this new book! I am always eager to get to read her books. She is such a good writer and it is so hard to stop reading until I have finished it. Shawnw2824(at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. I am so excited to read Eunice’s story. I have read all of Jens books, I enjoy the laughter as well as such great stories.

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  9. I enjoyed the interview. Jen Turano’s books are my favorite kind—play on words/puns, scenes that make this reader laugh out loud, the time setting, romance and mystery. I am on a mission to collect all her books in print.

    Luvthots (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I loved the first two books in the series and can’t wait to read this one! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bethbulow(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I can use all the laughs that your books provide – thank you very much!
    Janice Moore
    pjrcmoore at windstream dot net

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  12. What a fabulous interview! I love Jen Turano’s quick wit that’s always good for a laugh but not incredibly silly. I’m just missing this last book in the series because I set aside the other two so that I could read the whole series at once. Yep, I decided to binge read this series and I know that it will be well worth it.
    Perrianne Askew
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com

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  13. Thanks for the interview ladies! I’ve only read a few of Jen’s books, but I always enjoy them. A little humor is fun when reading!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Not had the pleasure of reading her yet and this sounds absolutely delightful. Win or not I will read it. Oh the ever growing TBR pile. Happy 22 for me. Thanks for offering a chance to win. Blessings. tdstevens821(at)gmail(dot)com

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