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Set in 1892, Alexander's less than memorable fifth novel of suspense featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves finds Emily recovering from the emotional and physical scars suffered in her previous outing, Tears of Pearl. Emily's well-intentioned husband, Colin, persuades her to recuperate at his family's estate in Normandy, where she's under the disapproving eye of her fearsome mother-in-law. While out riding, Emily happens on the butchered corpse of a woman, later identified as an escaped inmate from an insane asylum outside Rouen. The nature of the victim's wounds suggests that Jack the Ripper has crossed the Channel to France. Alexander throws in a gentleman-burglar carrying a torch for Emily as well as author Maurice Leblanc and painter Claude Monet, but fails to breathe much life into any of them. More a damsel in distress than an independent woman, Emily comes across as a less capable sleuth than, say, Laurie King's Mary Russell or Charles Todd's Bess Crawford. (Nov.) (c)
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Alexander’s new historical mystery takes place in the late-nineteenth century and takes up at the point Tears of Pearl (2009) left off. In Tears, Lady Emily’s honeymoon with second husband Colin ended with her being shot and losing her unborn baby. Now she and Colin are staying in Normandy with his autocratic mother, Mrs. Hargreaves, who takes it amiss when Emily comes upon the body of a murdered young woman while horseback riding. Lady Emily can’t help but investigate the murder, especially when she learns the dead girl came from an aristocratic family in Rouens and was confined to an insane asylum. She also has to deal with her hostile mother-in-law, her worries about her own mental and emotional health, the reappearance of the flirtatious and clever thief Sebastian, and the murdered girl’s decidedly strange family. Readers who enjoy historical mysteries with strong female characters will find much to enjoy here and will want to seek out Lady Emily’s earlier adventures. --Kat KanSee all Editorial Reviews
Usually love T Alexander's writing, although I enjoyed this book, had a bit of trouble getting into this one.Published 7 days ago by Carol
I'm finding myself loving Alexander's books more the more I read them. They are books I can read more than once. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Chaplin
Book 3 In this series put me off so badly that I didn't read book 4 for years. However now that I have have read it all is forgiven. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Island Girl
Tasha Alexander is one of my favorite living authors. She gets 11 stars (sic) from me because her references are so complete, so scintillating, etc. Brava! 😊Published 3 months ago by Penelope
Love this series! Mystery, history with a dash of romance-perfect combinationPublished 4 months ago by eag6
This is the 5th book in the Lady Emily series of period romantic mysteries.
The novel is set in July 1892, a few weeks after the events of TEARS OF PEARL, the previous... Read more
This is another suspenseful jaunt through 19th century England. This is the fifth book and our heroine is in Normandy. Previous books have been set in France and in the East. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patti A. Sandberg-lacy