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Death in the Floating City: A Lady Emily Mystery (Lady Emily Mysteries) Hardcover – October 16, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
Book 7 of 10 in the Lady Emily Series

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Alexander’s seventh Lady Emily mystery, set in Venice, is one of her best, not only for the fabulous Lady Emily (a relative of Amelia Peabody?), her comely mate Colin Hargreaves, and the circuitous plot, but also because readers will fall in love with the vividly described nineteenth-century Floating City. Loath to rescue her childhood nemesis, Emily nevertheless travels to Italy in a fit of altruism in aid of Emma, whose husband has absconded with the family’s rare-book collection and left his father dead on the villa floor. The clues are deliciously tied to a 400-year-old family feud, the origin of which forms a complicated parallel mystery that only Emily and Colin can unravel. In the process of solving the crime, Lady Emily spends much time in gondolas traveling from one picturesque location to the next, unearthing seemingly unrelated clues, making new friends, and ferreting out truths. Fun to read, fast paced, and delightfully suspenseful without being overly scary, this series’ latest is the perfect entertainment for both Elizabeth Peters fans and readers who have enjoyed Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels. --Jen Baker

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"This dependable series with plucky heroines and memorable villainesses is filled with local and period detail. An exceptionally good bet for readers who appreciate historical mysteries and the combination of past and present voices."-Library Journal

"...authoritative depictions of Venice's history, atmosphere and culinary delights... the story glides along as smoothly as a gondola. Lady Emily travels well."-Kirkus Reviews

"Alexander's seventh Lady Emily mystery, set in Venice, is one of her best, not only for the fabulous Lady Emily (a relative of Amelia Peabody?...but also because readers will fall in love with the vividly described nineteenth-century Floating City...Fun to read, fast paced, and delightfully suspenseful."-Booklist
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Product Details

  • Series: Lady Emily Mysteries (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312661762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312661762
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tasha Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Emily series and the novel ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she studied English and Medieval History. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK.

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Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander is the seventh installment of the Lady Emily series, which I've mentioned numerous times on the blog as a favorite of mine. I've been anticipating the release for months, but I was still absolutely floored by how seriously awesome it is. THIS SERIES, you guys. So good.

As evident by the title, the book is set in Venice. An old childhood nemesis of Emily's calls upon her and husband Colin to help solve the murder of her father-in-law. What follows is a fabulously twisty path into a centuries-old feud between warring families, complete with its own star-crossed love story. (Yes, feel free to think Romeo & Juliet. Except better.)

The power, intrigue and romance of both 15th and 19th century Venice are woven into every page - and are the core of what makes Death in the Floating City the best book of the series. Seriously, there is no way to read this novel and not want to immediately check under the couch cushions for lost quarters in order to start a "Trip to Venice" change jar. I've actually been there, and I felt its presence just as much while reading this book as when I was standing in front of St. Mark's Basilica.

The first flashback into the late 1400s is just pages into the novel. I must admit, despite my fierce faith in Tasha Alexander, that I groaned. Flashbacks aren't usually my thing - I always feel impatient to get through them to get back to the "real" story. I figured that would be doubly true since I'm so attached to the main characters, Emily and Colin. NOPE. Consider me a convert, because they are fabulous. Full of angst and romance and desperation and tragedy and ALL THE GOOD THINGS that star-crossed love stories are supposed to have (including the ugly cry).
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Each of the books in this series has been clever, with just enough mystery and dashes of romance to keep me intrigued. This one was written in a very different style and didn't have the same intimate touches that remind the reader how much we truly like all the characters large and small. It was just not as satisfying.

Ms. Alexander, you are a very talented writer, and perhaps you've become bored with this series now that things have progressed so far? If so, lets be done with it. You've got more clever ideas- we're ready for them.
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This was my first book by Tasha Alexander, and before I was half finished I bought 4 more. I was happily carried away to Venice and totally enjoyed this light and witty detective story. She had me from page one. So if you want a good Light read this is the perfect book for you.
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Lady Emily Hargreaves, accompanied by her husband Colin, is on her way to Venice to help a childhood friend named Emma Callum. A better description would be a childhood nemesis --- Emily and Emma were not exactly the best of friends as children, and Emily did her best to distance herself from Emma whenever possible. However, Emma has asked for her help and Emily can't turn down that plea, even when it comes from Emma. Years ago, Emma ran off with an Italian Count and caused a bit of a scandal at home, but is now in desperate need of Emily's detective skills. Her father-in-law has been murdered in the home she shares with her husband, who is the main suspect but has disappeared. She needs Emily to find the murderer and clear him.

Wary of Emma's motives but still willing to help, Emily and Colin begin their investigation and Emily soon finds herself fascinated by Venice, a city she has never visited before. With few clues besides an old ring to go on, Emily enlists the help of a Venetian historian and his daughter, Donata, to help her navigate the city and open a few palazzo doors for her to ask questions. With the help of Donata, Emily stumbles upon a centuries-old love story that tore two individuals and their families apart. The same feud is still going strong, which doesn't help Emily when she needs questions answered. She begins searching frantically through libraries and family trees for any clue that will help solve the case, while Colin begins a search for Emma's missing husband.

This is my second Lady Emily mystery, and I'm becoming addicted. I need to plan some reading time to go back and start this series from the beginning. While these books do stand on their own, the characters and settings are so good that I want to spend more time in this world.
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I believe that Tasha Alexanders' Lady Emily Mysteries just keep getting better and better
with each new book. Don't get me wrong...she had me hooked from the very first book in
the series. LOL Death in the Floating City sounds like a lanquid, lazy ride on the river but
this book is more like a piece of lovely knitting that is quickly unravelled by merely dropping
your knitting needles and watching it come apart before your very eyes. The story quickly
hooks you in and doesn't let you go until you put the book down....and wish there was more!

I would not be so foolish as to give away one ounce of Story Plot...just take my word for it...
it will not dissappoint! And it will be like a mini-vacation in Venise. And who wouldn't love that!

Always Happy to Recommend Great Reads
to Book Lovers Everywhere,
PeggyAnn Smith
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