A Fatal Waltz

A Fatal Waltz

Book - 2008 | First edition.
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At her friend Ivy's behest, Emily 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, an Austrian countess who was once linked romantically with Emily's fianc#65533;, the debonair Colin Hargreaves. What Emily believes will be a tedious evening turns deadly when Fortescue is found murdered, and his prot#65533;g#65533;, 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 emerge: the price of exonerating Robert can be paid only by placing Colin in deadly peril. To save her fianc#65533;, Emily must do the unthinkable: bargain with her nemesis, the Countess von Lange.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061174223
Branch Call Number: ALE
Characteristics: viii, 296 pages ;,24 cm

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auntabecca
Nov 24, 2015

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

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marthabwaters
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.

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thebritlass
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.

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KarenW
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.

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lozza1401
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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