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Dangerous to Know: A Novel of Suspense (Lady Emily Mysteries) Paperback – September 27, 2011
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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 Kan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The little crying girl was strange. How did she get out. Why didn't she get help. Why did she always leave blue ribbons. Is Emily crazy or not?
Alexander has done better and this was a big disappointment.
Emily is recovering in Normandy with her husband and distant mother-in-law after getting shot, miscarrying, and just generally losing some confidence in herself. Then, she happens upon a brutal murder. The book follows the investigation, and introduces some new characters. It's enjoyable and even though it's thinner than the other books you won't down this in a day and feel like you missed out.
Emily continues to be just the smartest and prettiest and cleverest girl anyone has ever seen, who's never disliked and when she is it is soon made up for with heavy praise. But it's not that bad here because by now it's just a given in this series.
Now, for some spoilers.
I wasn't a fan of the ending, mostly because it happened kind of quickly. And while it is necessary to surprise the reader, this was kind of an 'Oh, wait, him? Him, of all people?' It wasn't bad, but the pacing didn't make it seem overly dramatic despite the fact that she's strapped down to a gurney and electro shocked. During which I could only think, 'God, don't make her be preggers again here.' Very malleable leather straps, too. And then after she escapes, the book ends very quickly. I'd kinda hoped it had to do with Sebastian, but it doesn't, so he's there really for nothing. But whatever.
And my Huh? moments came whenever Colin is around. Colin, my beloved savvy detective. Well, not anymore. Colin is no longer allowed to be good at solving crimes. Everything must be given to Emily, otherwise, I dunno, Alexander doesn't think she'll look smart enough or something. It's just, this is Colin's job that he's been doing forever. He should have something useful to lend to the investigation, but mostly what he's good for here is innuendo and prohibiting Emily's actions.
About that. I don't think his 'I need to protect you' faze was handled very well. The Colin from earlier books would have said 'You can still do what you do but please let me come with you' or something. And it wouldn't have been as bad if he had done anything else in this book.
All that said, this is a fun book you'll enjoy reading. And I am curious about the next one! Fans will love it and I recommend it to anyone else too.