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.
Due to genetic retinal problems, I have been ordered to cut back reading and have substituted unabridged audio books for most of my "readiing." I am still a visual oriented person but am learning to become a better listener.
This is actually the first in a series of mystery novels about the heroine Emily.
In order to escape her obnoxious mother (who began to measure debutante Emily's waist every morning), she accepts a marriage proposal from the sandy haired Viscount Phillip Ashton. Her husband dies on an African safari 6 months after her wedding. While in full mourning, Emily spends her time in her late husband's marvelous library, reading to her heart's content. On a visit to the British Museum, she discovers that besides hunting wild game, her husband was a scholar and antiquities expert who had given fine Greek antiquities to the museum. Thus begins her intellectual adventures in Roman and Greek myths and art. After a year of deep mourning, Emily's obnoxious mother begins a campaign to get Emily remarried. To escape her mother, she travels to Paris to stay until she is out of all mourning. She has no desire to remarry since she is mistress of the very large fortune left to her by Phillip and enjoys it.
In Paris she meets all kinds of interesting people, including the artist Renoir. She also realizes she is being spied on, what would be called stalking nowadays, by a man with a scar.
This is the first novel in a series about Emily and the best friend of her late husband, a man as dark as her late husband was fair, Colin Hargreaves. The book is slow moving because it is written in a Victorian era memoir style (think Henry James) and yet I find Emily, her best friend Ivy, and her husband's friend Colin Hargreaves quite interesting, as well as the French friends she makes and French Parisian society. It is also clear that Emily is involved in a mystery left behind by her late husband's doings. Besides the man with the scar, there is the persistent appearance of members of an English Lord who are pursuing the late Viscount's papers and notes. It is important to remember that as a debutante, Emily was probably a mere 17 or 18 when she was married so she was not a woman of the world or very mature initially. The series follows her development into a real woman, one who develops intellectual curiosity and a craving for adventures unusual for a Victorian English woman.
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!
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