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5.0 out of 5 starsLoved first thee books in this historical fiction mystery romance series
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2015
Are you a fan of mysteries or of Historical Fiction? If you've loved the Lady Julia Gray books by Deanna Rayborne, or the Lady Darby books by Anna Lee Huber, here's another thoroughly enjoyable series in the same genre. Lady Emily is a widow who enjoys the freedom of being as independent as a woman of means could be back in the late 1800's. She falls into situations where there's a murder mystery to be solved. There's danger and a handsome close friend of Her deceased husband who discretely handles inquiries for Queen Victoria. They fall for each other while investigating the murders. I this third book they finally marry. I'm not as sold on book 4, as Emily seems to have had a personality transplant and is not as, strong, or mineable and well-mannered as in the first three. Give the first 3 books a try--you'll enjoy them!
This a delightful and delicious tale for anyone who loves Elizabethan England and the mysteries of political intrigue. It was fun to experience Vienna and glimpse into the life of local personages including the great artist Klimt. Emily and Colin finally get to where they want to be.
4.0 out of 5 starsAustrian intrigue, a plot against the crown, and a death in the country
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2011
This is the third book in the Lady Emily Ashton series. Emily has been invited to a country house party by her friend Ivy that is being held by Lord Fortescue, her husband's mentor. Unfortunately for Emily, Lord Fortescue dislikes her and is bound and determined to break up her engagement to Colin. Complicating matters at the party is the presence of an Austrian countess who has a past with Colin. When a death occurs at the estate and Ivy's husband is implicated, Emily begins to investigate the murder and ends up in Austria searching for clues. She also is worried about Colin both from the threat of deadly force and for his feelings for the Countess. Emily must solve the mystery before someone else dies and her own life is at stake. I enjoyed the mystery and the time spent in Austria, which appeared to be well researched. It was a good addition to the series.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
Is there such a genre as Period Romantic Mystery”? If so, Tasha Alexander is one of its best authors. As a reader, one just gets caught up in the book’s meanderings. And..., do I worship and love Lady Ashton? You bet!
5.0 out of 5 starsLove the series...not the best of the series
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2011
I've loved the Lady Emily series but was a little dissappointed by this book. It seemed a little too much, too unbelievable in some of the things Lady Emily did or got away with. Just like the other books I was easily brought into the time and its characters. I enjoyed how the author had woven into the plot historical events and actual people from that time. However, I got a little annoyed by how easily it seemed she avoided serious harm no matter how dangerous the situation she found herself in. Although, I love Lady Emily's independence and strong will it became a little too much how Colin had no issues with her galavanting around, arranging meetings with dangerous men, etc. I still love the series and plan on reading the rest of the books.
The Tasha Alexander books are good, but not great. While I find the Lady Emily series readable, and moderately entertaining, none of the plots or characters are particularly memorable. The characters are not well developed other than to have a purpose in moving the plot forward, and are verging on being simply stereotypes created to represent a specific social norm during the time period vs. a fully-developed, layered, nuanced individuals. However, if you are looking for a beach or airplane read, the series might be the ticket for you.
5.0 out of 5 starsEach book in this series is better than the last
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2014
I'm really enjoying the Lady Emily series. I purchased the first one for Kindle and enjoyed it quite a bit. Then I purchased the first three in paper & ink for my mother-in-law - I was so pleased to discover that Kindle Matchbook would allow me to buy the next two at a reduced rate. I'm back to paying full price for the fourth book in the series, it's waiting on my kindle right now. This book takes place predominantly in Vienna and I found it to be quite accurate historically. Less emphasis on clothing or art in this mystery and more emphasis on characters and the mystery.