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A Crimson Warning: A Novel of Suspense (Lady Emily #6)

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Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives

Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward

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Published October 25th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
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kari
2.5 stars
Somewhat ho and hum. I enjoy the setting for these books, the Victorian age; England and Europe, and I enjoy the voice of Emily; she sounds very like a Victorian lady. I just wish it all added up to more and something not quite so dull. I wish that I liked it more and wanted to continue on with Emily's story. I don't believe that I will unless the next book turns around.
I had to keep pushing myself to finish this one and I'm not sure why. I think the mystery simply didn't involve me. I...more
Deena
3.5

I really enjoyed this - but not quite to the extent of 4 stars.

One thing that bothered me was that Mrs. Hargreaves' journal entries, in the last title, served the story well. I enjoyed watching her adjust her opinion of Emily. In this title, however, Ivy's entries are just in the way. Yes, they result in something that is indirectly tied to the main plot, but they interupt the flow of the story and add nothing of substance.

Another annoyance was a matter of continuity: in several places, Emil...more
Cara
I usually enjoy the Lady Emily series. I finished this one, but I considered abandoning it at least three times. The story seemed to go in too many different directions, and I was annoyed with the slow moving plot. I wish it had ended 100 pages earlier.

Emily seemed above it all in this one - and if it has to be pointed out to me that she can read Greek one more time, I think I'll scream. I definitely got a "I'm such a rule breaker, I read Greek, I love antiques, I'm better than you" kind of vibe...more
Barb
Disclaimer first: I received this book as a free giveaway on this site. It isn't my typical reading material. Lately I've been reading more in the romance genre. But this book has reminded me how good the historical/romance/mystery genre can be.

This author seems to have really done her research regarding the time period the book is set in. It takes place in 1893 London. A mystery set among the "ton" of high society. In a time when image was everything, and even the rumor of improper behavior co...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
***I received this ARC through a giveaway here on Goodreads.***

A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander (6th in series)


- The Synopsis -

Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives.

Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking f...more
Kai
This is the first book of the Emily Heargreaves' series, I have read. I can tell you, I'm missing alot for not reading the first five books of the series. A Crimson Warning draws the readers into the story. The story started out with the notion that something terrible has happened to someone. This is enough to keep the readers captivated. The story not only, have murder as the main crime, it also has another subplot to it with the red paint being splashed at the London's elite class and the scan...more
Nora Carroll
I'm a big fan of Tasha Alexander from way back, but I have to say that I found A Crimson Warning to be the best Lady Emily book yet. This book, like all of the others in the series, has an engaging storyline, vivid characters, and intelligent attention to historical detail, but in this book most of the action takes place in London. Alexander clearly knows her history and is intimately familiar with the setting. She makes brilliant use of it in this book. Highly recommended.
Pamela
The latest Lady Emily mystery by Tasha Alexander is certainly diverting but the heroine/narrator still falls completely flat for me. I am tired of the tireless references to her "intellectual awakening" and "voracious appetite for antiquities." They just sound like boasting rather than speaking to any kind of real affinity. I think the problem is partially that Emily has never cast a self-critical eye on her life before this "awakening," has never said "well gosh I was dull and conceited" or a m...more
Alisha
I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy through a Goodreads giveaway!
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a fast, exciting, fun read. I like the characters even better than when I read the first book in the series. There is some fine humor and witty repartee. The author has done her research quite well. I love that the heroine is so entranced by her scholarly pursuits: museums, history, art, language, literature. Those things make the book fun and intelligent. The mystery was v...more
Linda Baker
I had almost given up on this series after the last two, but I am really glad I decided to give it one last try with A Crimson Warning. Lady Emily is back on her own turf in London society, and back to being her clever, feisty, reckless self. The books set in Constantinople and in France just didn't work for me.

Crimson paint is being splashed on the houses of some of London's wealthiest and most influential citizens, followed quickly by exposure of a scandal in their lives. Even though a man who...more
Tami
I haven't received the book yet, just received notice I had won. 9/15/11
Received my copy last night, love when they come quickly, will start after my current read. 9/21/11
Started today during lunch. 9/27/11
Finished Friday 9/30/11.

Lady Emily's husband works for the Queen and Scotland Yard. Handy as she seems to get involved in investigations not becoming to a woman in her position. Luckily her husband is as forward thinking as she is and together they investigate the latest crime wave. It starts...more
Eddie Mullins
I won A Crimson Warning in a goodreads ARC giveaway.

*Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives.

Newly returned to her home in Mayfair, Lady Emily Hargreaves is looking forward to enjoying the delights of the season. The delights, that is, as define...more
Jacqie
Lady Emily is back in London with her dashing husband Colin, her friend Ivy, and her irascible mother. Her friend Jeremy Bainbridge also plays a larger role than usual in solving the mystery.

There are really two things going on: a merchant is murdered in his warehouse, and someone is spreading red paint on the doorsteps of anyone in London's high society who has a scandal to hide.

Emily and her husband have learned to work together, although he still keeps more secrets than she (or I) like. One...more
Ashley
Scandal, murder, and mass hysteria among Victorian London's upper crust! Who better to sort it all out than Lady Emily?

Lady Emily returns to her native London after spending the last two books in Turkey (Tears of Pearl) and France (Dangerous to Know). The scene is a blazingly hot summer Season, and the feathers of the elite are being ruffled by a series of scandals being brought to light by a splash of red paint across the doorsteps of the perpetrators. Was it just a coincidence that a factory o...more
Donna
London's social scene is shaken when someone begins to reveal the secrets of its wealthy, privileged members. Splashes of red paint warn each target that their reputation is about to be ruined, and when this trouble is linked to murder, Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves are on the case.

The setup is fantastic. I loved the idea of a household waking up to paint-covered steps and waiting helplessly for the following scandal. The mystery behind all that drama is less thrilling, though.

It felt very fl...more
~Leslie~
I was given this book for free in order to review it. This is the first book by this author I have read and this is #6 in the series. I absolutely loved this book. It is everything that historical fiction combined with mystery should be. The characters are extremely well done and the mystery was complicated enough to be interesting and difficult to solve. The historical setting of Victorian England was also extremely well described. I loved the interaction between Lady Emily and her husband Coli...more
Linda
More and more I'm enjoying Collin Hargreaves and his attitude toward women's equality, marriage and his beloved, Emily. He's enthralled with her cleverness and trusts her to help solve facets of cases he takes on at the behest of "the Crown" or corpses that fall into their lap. There's more in this one about social stigmas real and imagined with red paint being thrown onto the facades of prominent houses with the promise that scandal will follow.

It does in several cases that in one instance lead...more
Gretchen
Definitely an improvement over the last 2 novels. Lady Emily is back on her home turf in London, is immediately caught up in a new mystery. I liked seeing previous characters (Ivy, Jeremy) return to the forefront.

Alexander has clearly done her homework, and makes good use of it throughout the novel, especially the content in the British Museum. It's details like these that lead me to historical fiction.

One concern for this novel: the team of Emily, Ivy, Colin and Jeremy is dangerously close to...more
April
I got my hands on an advanced copy of this from Goodreads. My expectations were low. It looked like it could be a romance novel and I haven't been big on historical fiction. Then I read this and remembered I used to freaking adore historical fiction. I read every Dear America book I could get my hands on in elementary school. Now I have to track down all of the Lady Emily books, because this one was everything I've grown up to love.

Emily Hargreaves wants women to vote. She solves crime. She know...more
Karen
Oct 05, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Karen by: I won this book on goodreads
A Crimson Warning is an excellent book to read. The book is full of suspense and flows along very well. Tasha Alexander did a lot of research into the 19 th century for this book.

Colin and his wife Emily are the main characters. Colin, favorite agent of the crown, has to uncover the murderer in the novel with the help of his wife and friends. The capital city, London, is being vandalized by red paint on the steps of the houses. The secrets of those people with the red paint will be revealed in t...more
Carrie
Absolutely my favorite Lady Emily tale thus far! The intrigue is great and I loved how Tasha explored Emily's friendship with her old friend Ivy, as well as, the fantastic Jeremy, Duke of Bainbridge. Emily and Colin prove once again to be the type of couple most of us wish we were part of. The way they challenge, inspire and delight each other is wonderful, and I can't wait to see what's next!
Ginger
I...just...didn't...care. I used to love Lady Emily and especially dreamy Colin but this book was sooooo boring. I skimmed more than half of it. And poor Ivy's "big" secret! I'm done with the series. If more books are in the future I won't be reading them. Where is the Emily from book 2 and 3? ? I want her back!
Kathryn
I enjoyed this book very much! This would be a great book to read during the summer of 2012 since parts of it take place in London.
Katie Hutchison Irion
Loved it. Great mystery and great characters. Good, good book.
Beebs
4.5! These books just get better and better, love them.
Sarah Adamson
Much better than the previous book. Colin and Lady Emily are back in London and there is a mysterious person spilling red paint over the steps of aristocratic houses. They have to investigate! Along with kidnappings, assault and murder, there are enough mysteries to make everyone keep turning the pages!
I am so much happier with their characters and relationships in this book - overall a much happier book and lots of complex relationships and attitudes with enough historical accuracy to be reall...more
Michelle
(3.5 stars) The 6th book in the Lady Emily series has Lady Emily and her husband Colin back in London. The season is coming up, and Emily is looking forward to becoming more involved with the organization working towards getting women the right to vote, much to her mother's horror. A death of a businessman in his warehouse starts a string of terrorism in the elite community. Society members are targeted by red paint on their doorsteps, followed by revelations of dark secrets. Complicating matter...more
A.
Lady Emily is back in London and amidst the dances and rides in the park, high society's dirty little secrets are being revealed. It begins as a mansion is splashed with bright crimson paint that can't be washed away. Then the family's deepest secret gets revealed in a public display. Additionally, there is a warehouse fire and a highly respected man is killed in the blaze. Colin has his hands full investigating the fire because of some suspicious aspects to it, and trying to stop the person mak...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Emily and Colin are back in action in the newest installment of the Lady Emily series: A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander. You guys, I absolutely love this series! A Crimson Warning actually stands out as one of my favorites – I’m so glad that Tasha Alexander just keeps getting better! This is historical mystery and romance at its best, my friends.

Doorways of the homes of London’s elite are being mysteriously painted red. Shortly thereafter, a scandal involving someone in the household is unea...more
Angie
Yes, the Lady Emily mysteries tend to skew towards melodrama and over-the-top plots; sure, there's an AWFUL lot that goes down in the space of one mystery. But this series is DAMN FUN, and imminently readable. Love devouring these, and more than a little bummed that I have only one left to read before I must wait a good year for the next installment. A Crimson Warning is less dire and thrilling than the last book, making it a nice breather, with political and social scandal rather than personal...more
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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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