Description: At her friend Ivy’s behest, Emil reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of Lord Fortescue, a man she finds as odious as he is powerful. But if Emily is expecting Lord Fortescue to be the greatest of her problems, she is wrong. Her host has also invited Kristiana von Lange, and Austrian countess who was once linked romantically with Emily’s fiance, the debonair Colin Hargreaves. What Emily believes will be a tedious evening turns deadly when Fortescue is found murdered, and his protege, Robert Brandon -Ivy’s husband- is arrested for the crime.
Determined to right this terrible wrong and clear Robert’s name Emily begins to dig for answers, a quest that will lead her from London’s glittering ballrooms to Vienna’s sordid backstreets. Not until she engages a notorious anarchist in a game of wits does the shocking truth begin to merge: the price of exonerating Robert can be paid only by placing Colin in deadly peril. To save her fiance, Emily must do the unthinkable: bargain with her nemesis, the Countess von Lange.
Review: Lady Emily Ashton is at the country home of a man she loathes all for her friend Ivy. Emily bears the taunting of Lord Fortescue and the arrival of someone unexpected… her fiance’s former lover, the very sophisticated Kristiana von Lange. As if that was not enough to deal with, Lord Fortescue has the bad manners of being found shot dead. Unfortunately, the prime suspect of the crime is none other than Robert Brandon, her friend Ivy’s husband. Determined to discover the truth and save Robert at all costs, Emily embarks on a dangerous journey where secrets are revealed and decisions have to be made.
Alexander has now hooked me into this series completely. It is most interesting to see a society lady as an investigator. Lady Ashton seems to always find herself in the middle of the most interesting and dangerous mysteries. This book, we see a more emotional side to Emily, which really makes her come alive off the page. Another great historical mystery by Alexander. A must read. I can’t wait until the next installment comes out in September 2009, Pearl Tears.
Score: 4 out of 5