A Fatal Waltz

A Fatal Waltz

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"At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem. Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess once linked romantically with Emily's fiance, the debonair Colin Hargreaves, is a guest also. And a tedious evening turns deadly when their host is found murdered, and his protege, Robert Brandon--Ivy's husband--is arrested for the crime. Determined to right a terrible wrong, Emily embarks on a quest that will lead her from London's glittering ballrooms to Vienna's sordid backstreets--and into a game of wits with a notorious anarchist. But putting Colin in deadly peril may be the price for exonerating Robert--forcing the intrepid Emily to bargain with her nemesis, the Countess von Lange, for the life of her fiance."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2009, ©2008.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780061174230
Call Number: ALEXANDER
Characteristics: viii, 303 pages ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Ashton, Emily (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Fiction.
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.


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Nov 24, 2015

I enjoy Tasha Alexander's novels very much....suspense, mystery mixed with historical facts!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Oct 23, 2015

This was another reasonably entertaining mystery starring Lady Emily Ashton. The change of setting from London to Vienna made for a nice change, and it was fun seeing some famous historical figures, including Empress Sissi of Austria, making appearances. I thought the mystery was marginally stronger in this one too, compared to previous volumes. My main complaint about this series remains that, while the books make for pleasant enough reading, they lack a certain sparkle to make them truly memorable. Still, a nice choice for fans of cozy historical mysteries.

Sep 21, 2015

Disappointing compared to the first two novels - Emily's actions strain credibility and Colin comes off weakly. In fact the whole plot seems ill-thought out.

Apr 10, 2013

Interesting story of spies and murder in Victorian England would seem to make this read a delightful conundrum. However, some of the more caustic characters seem to be just so one dimensional and horrible, that there is no redeeming traits in their personalities. While the others that surround the main character seem to be so obviously nice they are bordering on obsequious at their best, saccharine at their worst. Surely this author could have provided a better balanced character study and story to reward faithful readers.

Jan 16, 2013

The third of the book in the series. I found this was much more exciting than the second one probably because it was set in Austria, not just England, and had a mix of interesting characters.


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