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A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily #3)

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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 Emi ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by William Morrow
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kari
Mar 01, 2011 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I'm not really sure what to think of this book. It is never good as a reader when an author decides to make the hero appear to be something of a cad(to use a Victorian term) and then doesn't bother to explain how he isn't, leaving the reader to think that smart and loving Emily isn't as smart as we've been led to believe. Emily doesn't believe in anyone blindly, at one time thinking her own late husband was capable of a life of crime. But she doesn't question Colin when her own eyes and ears hav ...more
Susan
Jun 22, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical mystery buffs, fans of Elizabeth Peters
Recommended to Susan by: Amazon
I got this from the library and read it in a couple of days, it was a good, quick read.

I enjoyed the first two books in this series - even if Lady Emily is far too modern for a Victorian lady, she's a lot of fun. I couldn't help feeling in this installment, however, that I almost wished Emily would fall for her lifelong friend Jeremy, I'm getting a little tired of her and Colin making eyes at each other and teasing each other with their overwhelming passion - get on with it, already! Stop angst
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Meaghan
I loved this book! I know I've liked all the books in this series, but this one garned my particular adoration for what Tasha Alexander did with it. Throughout this book I was in absolute agony. You have met Lady Emily and her love, now fiance, Colin. In the first book you found out about Emily's husband and her past with him. Now you find out about Colin's past in the form of one Countess Katarina von Lange. The reason this book was so agonizing was because throughout the book you watch Emily t ...more
JoLene
This is the 3rd book in the Lady Emily series. Lady Emily Ashton is a Victorian era widow, who is studying the Greek classics. She's engaged to Colin Hargreaves who seems to be a Queens' 007. On this outing, the couple is invited to the country house of Lord Fortescue, one of the leading politicians. Unfortunately, Lord Fortescue ends up dead and the primary suspect is the husband of one of Lady Emily's closest friends.

While I appreciate the historical detail and the Jane Austen-like social comm
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Tina
Lady Emily Ashton and her fiance the dashing Colin Hargreaves are invited to a shooting party at the home of a very influential member of the government, Lord Fortescue.

Lord Fortescue has taken a strong dislike to Lady Emily and makes it clear that he plans to sabotage any plans she has of actually getting Hargreaves to the altar. To that end, he has also invited the alluring Countess Von Lange. Emily learns to her chagrin that the lovely Countess is an old love of Colin's who shares his talent
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Michelle
Jan 09, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shannon
Shelves: mystery
Another ARC, to be published June 2008. This is the first book I've read by Tasha Alexander, although it is the third book in this particular series featuring Lady Emily Ashton. Previous books are And Only to Deceive and A Poisoned Season. This is a quick paced and fun historical mystery, set in Victorian England. A Fatal Waltz travels to Vienna, which the author depicts with wonderfully evocative writing. I'll recommend this series to fans of Elizabeth Peters, Victoria Thompson, Kate Ross, a ...more
Ron
I went to college with the author, so I am somewhat biased in her favor, but this is an excellent historical romance with plenty of suspense elements. This time around, Emily must clear the husband of one of her dearest friends of a classic English country house murder, and the investigation sends her to the anarchist underground of late 19th-century Vienna.. and a delicate battle of wills with the former lover of her fiance...
Barb
I had been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book. I read both of Alexander's previous novels and enjoyed them very much, especially A Poisoned Season.

This is the third murder mystery solved by Lady Ashton. She is the a young widow engaged to her dead husband's best friend. Her finance, Colin Hargreaves works for the government and appreciates Emily's bright and inquisitive mind. Emily is at a party at Lord Fortescue's estate when the nasty old politician is murdered and her best friend
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Christa
This is the third book in the series about Lady Emily Ashton, and while I have thoroughly enjoyed each one, I believe that this one is my favorite so far. I have enjoyed watching Emily's character grow and mature in each book. This time, she sets out to prove the innocence of Robert Brandon, her friend Ivy's husband, after he has been arrested for murder. The novel moves at a fast pace, and many of Emily's friends from the previous books appear as new ones are also introduced. At the end of the ...more
LJ
A FATAL WALTZ (Hist Mys/Amateur Sleuth-Emily, Lady Aston-England/Austria-Victorian) – G+
Alexander, Tasha – 3rd in series
William Morrow, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780061174223

First Sentence: I had not noticed it when she first arrived: the way she leaned too far towards him as he kissed her hand, the hint of surprised recognition in his eyes.

What begins as a tedious weekend in the country, for Emily, Lady Aston and her fiancé Colin Hargreaves, changes dramatically. The politically powerful Lord
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~Leslie~
Lady Emily Ashton and her fiance Colin Hargreaves find themselves at a country house party when a murder takes place and the husband of her best friend Ivy is accused and hauled off to Newgate to await trial. He asks Emily to look into the murder as she has had some success in the past. Thus starts the third installment in the Lady Emily historical mystery series and my favorite so far. Lady Emily has matured quite a bit from the first book which makes for better reading. She and Colin have had ...more
Brittney
Smashing book, talley ho! Here, here! I am anxiously awaiting the next in this series, which comes out in Sept 09 I believe. I love the characters and although the story can get a little slow (and slightly unbelievable at times), it is still a delightful, fun read. I learn a little more about Victorian England with each book in this series that I read. I must say that I am very disappointed in the lack of closure for dear Jeremy. I willingly admit I am a bit smitten with him. Perhaps he will fin ...more
Emma
Jul 17, 2008 Emma rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Monica
This is the third Lady Emily Ashton novel, and this one lives up to the "Novel of Suspense" that is written on the cover. ALthough I have to say I hate that painting and I cannot figure out if the lady is suppossed to be dead? Anyway- in this novel we have another dead body (no one is really sad though, he was an awful man) and a trip to Vienna with hot chocoloate and snow and skating, and questions about Colin's fidelity cause we meet his former ...mistress? Lover? Confidante...? We learn more ...more
Faith
I think that Tasha Alexander could write labels for soup cans and make them suspenseful.
Third in (hopefully) a series, this installment finds Lady Emily Ashton searching for the murderer of her arch enemy in order to clear her best friends husband of the crime. There's suspense, a little romance and a whole lot of mystery. The descriptions of late 1800s city life is wonderful as is the dialog. Some of the dialog is a little too cheesey (for lack of a better word) or maybe "campy". But honestly,
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Kate
This is the third book featuring Lady Emily Ashton as heroine in this late 1800s murder mystery. Lady Ashton is out to prove that her friend's husband did not kill the man he is accused of killing. For me this book wasn't as great as the first two. It lacked some of the frivolousness that made the first two books so good especially Emily's society/ gossip driven mother who made a very small appearance in this book but was featured more prominently in the other two. I still liked the book and I l ...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Another one that wasn't quite good enough for 4 stars, but I'd definitely give it 3.5. It lagged a bit for me towards the middle, but it was still a book I didn't want to put down and was eager to pick back up again. They murder mystery was very well done; the clues were there but the author still took you someplace else entirely. I've already started the next book - I'm just not ready to leave Colin and Lady Emily quite yet.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/100595...
Samantha
I was disappointed in this book. Maybe it's the prude in me, but I was really bothered by the picture she painted of "society" where everyone had extramarital affairs. I didn't like how prevalent they were to the story and how accepting everyone was of such an immoral behavior. I was especially bothered to find that Colin had been a participant, it didn't fit with his character. Perhaps it was like that in that era, but I prefer a story that isn't quite so embracing of immorality.
Laura Carter
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. Mostly because Colin was completely different in this book than the other books, and the problem was never resolved. Sometimes we were led to believe he had a relationship with her for a "job" and it didn't mean anything; then other times they were in love but they mutually decided to not get married, leading us to believe that Colin still loved her. It was very confusing and we never got to hear the true story, and he and Emily never discussed it fully. Emily ...more
Jennifer
For some reason, it was more difficult for me to get into this novel than her previous two. The mystery, I felt, wasn't as compelling. Instead, I felt that it was an excuse to send Emily, the protagonist, to Vienna to soak up the intrigue there. Although I enjoyed the atmosphere of the novel, I still felt that the relationships among the characters was a bit more stale. Overall, it was okay, but not my favorite of the series.
Stephanie
I loved this book! Darker, deeper, and perhaps a bit nastier than previous outings with Lady Emily. Emily's stay in Vienna was fascinating... the obsession with death, the coffeehouse culture. The multi-faceted mystery kept me guessing until the end. Character development was great too, with all the old favorites as well as some interesting new ones. I look forward to Lady Emily's next story.
Aoife
Reading the first Lady Emily book I of course adored the characters but it wasn't just that. I was also amazed by the attention to detail about life in the Victorian times and the amount of research that has clearly gone into it.
Which makes it even more disappointing that the author didn't bother with some bits. Definitely not with the random German bits. Dear authors, repeat after me: Google Translate is not a good source for foreign languages you have no clue about. Either try and find somebod
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Angela Powell
My favorite of the series so far! Here's why:
We get to see that Lady Ashton has grown as a character. She's smarter, braver, and keeps her emotions in check, but acknowledges that they're real.
Jeremy. Holy hell is he adorable and funny. I was hoping he'd become her suitor and I love Colin. But Jeremy...ahhh. Their conversation in the cathedral made me laugh.
The Empress Elizabeth. I've been absolutely enthralled with her story and the incident at Mayerling for years. It was a great twist to add
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Ariel
Something happened with this book and the series really went off the rails for me. I read the previous two books in two days each but I had to drag myself through this one. The start was promising with the murder of the intensely unlikable Lord Fortescue. Emily's friend Ivy Brandon's husband is arrested for the murder. To further complicate matters an old flame of Emily's fiance shows up. Que the cat fight. Emily takes off for Vienna to find clues to free Robert Brandon and then the story stalls ...more
Tricia
My favorite Emily Ashton book so far. Each one gets better than the one before. I wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars.
Toni ~married to a hunk~
I can not get enough of Lady Ashton. I will not stop reading this series. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Sandyh
Loved it. I have not tired of this series yet.
Hackmops
A Fatal Waltz is the third instalment of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily mystery series and I had high hopes for it. The first book featured the maturing of a naive and slightly selfish girl and the second book held a ton of feminist notions that absolutely delighted me and left me in anticipation of the third entry in the series. Which such great character development, what could possibly go wrong?

A whole lot, so it seems.

The plot was perfectly fine - Ivy's husband Robert Brandon gets framed for a
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Elisabeth
I'm not sure that I liked A Fatal Waltz as much as the first two Lady Emily books. While I enjoyed this story as an entertaining read, especially for its descriptions of Christmas-season Vienna (a city I like very much), it also felt a little more--I don't know, awkward than the first two. Without including any spoilers, I just felt that various plot lines were not blended together very well--what was going on in England and in Vienna seemed to be patched together very loosely, and did not seem ...more
Pamela
Alexander continues to improve her plots and her prose, though she still has a ways to go. A Fatal Waltz, set (of course) largely in Vienna, begins like any traditional Cozy with Murder in the Country, at a shooting party to be precise. When Lady Emily's best friend's husband is accused of murdering the powerful politico Lord Fortescue (a particular nemesis of Emily's), she begins to investigate alongside her dashing fiancé Colin Hargreaves, who frequently performs sub-rosa services for the Crow ...more
Elizabeth
I couldn’t wait to read this book. And with a title like “A Fatal Waltz”, I was really hoping for some good stuff. And I was not disappointed!

Lady Emily is now engaged *squee!* to Colin Hargreaves. However, their wedding has been delayed (two days before the day) and he is sent on assignment. But not before Emily meets his former…uhm…mistress. The Countess Von Lange, who is just as beautiful as she is devious, has worked with Colin for years, of which Emily had no knowledge.

While at a house part
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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 nominated for numerous awards and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago an ...more
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