The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

The Wife the maid the mistress

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.

The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress

When Judge Crater, a man who has risen to power with the help of the shadiest connections, leaves Club Abbey one night- no one knows how life will change. Or do they?

Judge Crater, after the last night at Club Abbey, after a night of drinks and talk of political corruption, is never seen again. What happened? Did he take a long drive and decide to never return? Or is he being prevented to return by other means?

Someone knows what happened to Judge Crater. Detective Jude Simon knows in his gut that someone knows what happened to Judge Crater. But, as the story unfolds, the reader finds that Jude has his own reasons to suspect there is more to the story of the missing Judge Crater.

The 3 women in the story, the wife- Stella, the maid-Maria and the mistress- Ritzi, each know a different side of Judge Crater. And one might hold the key to what happened to him…

Set in an era of Prohibition, showgirls, and political corruption- THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS has something for historical fiction fans and fans of good quality fiction.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts

Ariel Lawhon’s debut novel, THE WIFE, THE MAID and THE MISTRESS has been on my radar for some time. Since I’m a member of She Reads, I’ve been knowing about this book for at least a year- and as release time approached, I was growing more excited. As I began reading, I found myself loving these characters and finding myself engrossed in this storyline. By the end of the novel, and after Ariel took this reader on some plot twists- I wanted to scream from the nearest rooftop “Well played, Ariel, well played!”

Told in alternating time frames- “current’ time of 1969 and 1930 when Crater disappears- the story slowly unfolds. Each character knows something about Judge Crater and each character has a reason to keep quiet. A re-imagined tale of what might have happened to Judge Crater, THE WIFE, THE MAID, and THE MISTRESS is delicious.

Political corruption? Check. Secrets? Check. Marital affairs? Check. Lies? Check. Drinks and jazz? Check. This book has something for everyone!


*Thanks to DoubleDay Books for sending a review copy to Traveling With T in exchange for a honest review.

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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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8 thoughts on “The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

  1. melissa says:

    I am a little behind on my reading but just started reading this book. I am only on page 25 but this story is so intriguing, I can’t wait to finish it. I’ve already met the wife, the maid and had a brief encounter with the mistress. This story is so well written-you can feel for the wife and the maid. It is a real page turner-and I can’t believe that just happened…and what is going to happen next. You know the Judge will disappear–before you even start reading the book. This is my first book by this author and would like to read more.

  2. melissa says:

    I finished it-finally! Love love the book! I can’t believe this is her first book. I can’t wait to read her next one.

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