After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead?
As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: No one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin's investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.
©2014 Tasha Alexander (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
This was my first introduction to these characters. The author was clever to give the two sides of the plot. Paris was described wonderfully. It was easy to listen to the reader.
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First time author, that fits into the historical thriller genre. Tasha Alexander is one of several American authors I've come across in the last year that write mysteries set around the turn of the 19th century in London and Paris. I'm not sure what causes them to choose this time frame and geography, maybe an excuse to spend time there researching their stories. This book was set in both London and Paris and had some interesting twists. While not deeply suspenseful it was an interesting listen that was easy to stick with.
I love historical romances with an occasional foray into mystery/thrillers.
The latest entry in the Lady Emily series continues to prove that a perfect pairing of narrator and author can make a fantastic story even better. Emily finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation after attending a masquerade where an imposter heiress is murdered. The book features chapters split between current day and Estella's past. I found this to be very effective. Narration was superb as always. Although I could tell where the mystery was going before it ended, I didn't find my attention wondering at all. I wonder if the inspiration for Estella was real life heiress Haugette Clark. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Bianca Amato is one of my favorite narrators. As usual, she gives a masterful performance. Her voice is so genteel, yet commanding, that the use of different voices for each character is totally unnecessary. She utilizes almost imperceptible nuances to depict females from males, the gentry from the working class.
It was an intelligent take on turn of the 20th century female detectives. There is nothing of the second-class male dominated nature in Lady Emily. She and her husband Colin are "ride or die" partners in marriage and business, like Bonnie and Clyde. Their friends, Cécile and Jeremy, are perfect supporting characters.
I can't say here without spoiling the plot twists and resulting denouement.
That's not really an applicable question for this kind of work. There are no "extremes", per se, only a respect and appreciation for a unique take on this overdone and overworked genre.
Tasha Alexander's research is impeccable. She doesn't waste a lot of effort on creating "atmosphere" with descriptions of period clothing, furniture, lodgings, food, vehicles, or "bon ton" society gathering places such as Almack's or White's. She remains focused on good criminal, psychological and budding forensic investigation, all leading to the resolution of the initial murder and the ancillary crimes. This is my first in this series but it definitely won't be the last!
I have enjoyed every book in the series. This story is my favorite, the author does a great job of creating suspense and mystery while weaving in historical facts and references to classical literature
"A great addition to the series"
Jeremy and Cecile - my favourite characters from earlier in the series - are back! Witty dialogue, the Parisian setting, an engaging mystery and a dual-POV storyline made this an enjoyable mystery.
This is my first by her. At first she seemed a little "posh" to relate to and some of the character voices seemed too similar, even when the characters were a nationality other than English, but I grew to like her fairly quickly and would listen to other books narrated by her.
This works well as an addition to the series, but could easily be listened to as a standalone without a listener becoming lost.
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