For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife.
Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind.
As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.
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"This engaging, witty mix of Victorian cozy and suspense thriller draws its dramatic spark from the endearingly headstrong heroine's growth in life and love. A memorable debut." (Booklist)
No. Tiresome heroine spends far too much time rationalizing her willful blindness. We are told that the hero worshiped her peerless beauty, intelligence and spirit, but Lady Emily shows herself to be narcissistic, stubborn, and not open to reason.
Her voice is easy on the ears.
Yes, but I do hope not.
Interesting period in British history relating to the role of women in society. Again, it helps to be very wealthy for physical comfort, but hell for individual right to achieve. But the naiveté of the main character was annoying. Things easily explained if folks just talked to each other.
No, not really. Not interesting enough in terms of the development of the characters.
Absolutely not. Sounded like she was reading to three year olds who needed time to absorb each word - narrating through syrup. This is the second book from Audible I've had this problem with. I wonder if they are actually asking their narrators to slow down instead or reading at a more natural speaking speed.
Not that intersted in the characters. Too shallow.
The narrator is pretty good. SO much better than the next two narrators in books 2 and 3, which I had to return b/c I could barely listen to them. This series is actually much better when read, if you have that option.
What a fantastic experience. A heroine who is smart, witty and a rebel, in a time when women were expected to hide those qualities, if they existed. Can't get enough of Lady Emily!
I LOVED this book. The ideas and characters are rich with detail. I have listened to the first 3 Lady Emily books and hope, fervently, that Audible will soon offer books 4 & 5. I would certainly acquire the rest of the series. Big thumbs up!
I really enjoy this author and the narrator. The story isn't an edge of your seat one, but the characters and events kept my interest. It was thoroughly enjoyable
I should have stopped reading and returned this book. I kept expecting it to improve. It has great elements; it is simply nearly every Victorian cliche in one story with little of the mystory promised.
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