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A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily #6)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  4,077 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
Book annotation not available for this title.Title: A Crimson WarningAuthor: Alexander, TashaPublisher: St Martins PrPublication Date: 2012/08/07Number of Pages: 338Binding Type: PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress: oc2012609889
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published October 25th 2011)
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Dec 01, 2011 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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

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
Nov 15, 2011 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tasha Alexander seems to be a solid 3 stars for me. That is something I can trust. She writes historical fiction mysteries mixed with a little romance set back in a charming time of London's past. And the MC is a strong woman who stands for truth and justice. Historical fiction, mystery, and strong role for a woman....really, what's not to like?!

I like her writing. She keeps the plot in constant motion and adds a few surprises along the way. I also listened to the audio and I loved the narration
Nora Carroll
Jun 01, 2011 Nora Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Sep 05, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2011 Kai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jane Austen spoiled us. She wrote novels about amazing women who oftentimes bucked society’s norms. Nowadays, it’s difficult to find heroines like Elizabeth Bennet that have us rooting for them page after page. Luckily, author Tasha Alexander decided to gift the world with a tenacious woman Austen herself would be proud of: Lady Emily Hargreaves. In A Crimson Warning, the sixth novel in the Lady Emily mystery series, we are again thrown into a mystery that seems to have no clear ending. It is up ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 23, 2011 Jacqie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda Baker
Nov 06, 2011 Linda Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Danielle Gonzalez
Oct 10, 2015 Danielle Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story, Emily and Colin have finally returned to England. While they are at a ball, Colin is called away to a crime scene where a man has been brutally murdered. Shortly after, the front door steps to several nobles' homes are painted red. After the painting, a secret is revealed for each noble showing disgraceful behavior in their past. Soon everyone is fearful to wake and find their steps painted and their secrets told to society. Emily and Colin investigate. This story gets a little co ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2011 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-copy
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
Alisha Trenalone
Sep 13, 2011 Alisha Trenalone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy through a Goodreads giveaway!
I enjoyed this book and found it to be a fast, fun read. The author has done her research quite well. I like 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 very intriguing, but when it came time to start putting the final pieces together and solve it, I felt like plausibility was getting a bit strai
Jul 09, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
More and more I'm enjoying Colin 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 leads
Oct 03, 2011 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Nov 13, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
Betty Strohecker
This was another great Lady Emily book! Back in England, Emily and Colin are confronted with a grizzly murder, a kidnapping, and a mysterious person trying to unveil the deepest and most shameful secrets of members of the ton. The question is, are they all connected? The investigation leads Emily and Colin into some unexpected territory, at times testing their individual beliefs about which direction to pursue.

It was a treat to have the Duke of Bainbridge and Emily's childhood friend, Ivy, once
Sep 16, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Margaret Foreman
A Victorian Nancy Drew, which is fine if you like Nancy Drew. I do not. I loved the Lady Emily of the first few books, but this Lady Emily is a smug, self-important, perfect ninny with a perfect husband, perfect life and no character development. The mystery is so convoluted that even the solution didn't make sense and, although two characters died, the whole book has the flavor of "who burned down the clubhouse." I'll give the next one a try, but if she's still Nancified, Lady Emily and I will ...more
Anna Huber
Mar 18, 2012 Anna Huber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexander is one of my favorite authors of historical mysteries. Her plots are always intelligent and interesting, and her locations often exotic. In her latest installment in the Lady Emily series, she returns us to London and throws us into the whirl and intrigue of British high society. This, her 6th book, is an excellent addition to the series, and could certainly stand on its own - but why would readers want to miss out on all the delicious backstory that has come before? - so I recommend t ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Miki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Even though there are several more books in this series, I'm stopping now. I'm just tired of Lady Emily. With each book she becomes more smug, and more know-it-all, and I weary of the all-pervasive descriptions of her own dresses and hair, other's dresses and hair and houses and furnishings and scenery and and and........ I also dislike that every time a reference was made to an earlier book, she just had to re-cap what happened and how she was just so VERY smart to have solved all those cases. ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Emily and Collin are back in London for the Season. Colin is called to investigate a grisly MURDER. Society is thrill and afraid that Front door will be painted RED at night indicating someone has a season that will ruin them. Lady Emily has begin to work for women's rights. The subplots are brought together nicely. Can answers be found before additional Society's secrets are release and other deaths. I recommend this book for lovers of historical romance and mystery.
Mar 11, 2012 Ginger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I...just...didn' 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!
Sep 21, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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The daughter of two philosophy professors, I grew up surrounded by books. I was convinced from an early age that I was born in the wrong century and spent much of my childhood under the dining room table pretending it was a covered wagon. Even there, I was never without a book in hand and loved reading and history more than anything. I studied English Literature and Medieval History at the Univers ...more
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