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Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily #7)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,856 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
The Huffington Post calls "Tears of Pearl" author Tasha Alexander "one to watch--and read" and her new Lady Emily mystery set in Venice proves it.

Years ago, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. But now her father-in-law lies murdered, and her husband has vanished. There's no one Emma can turn to
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 04, 2012 kari rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Hm. Well, I like this better than the last few, but there is still something missing. I think Colin and Emily are what is missing. I got not one single idea of either of their personalities in this book, not any of the snappy dialogue or interaction that made the first few books such fun. They seem to be slogging along and spend far too much of this particular book apart.
The murder mystery, again as in the last book, is of a person whom the reader has never met so can't really be too concerned a
Brenda Hawley
Oct 24, 2012 Brenda Hawley rated it liked it
It seems that many of the books I have looked forward to this fall have been disappointing. This is another one. I have enjoyed Tasha Alexander's other Lady Emily mysteries as light, fun reads but this one was tedious and often felt repetitive. Emily's childhood nemesis asked her to come to Venice to investigate her father-in-law's death. With the help of her husband, Colin, Emily researched the ancient family feud for clues to the present day murder. It just seemed that Emily and company were f ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander is the seventh installment of the Lady Emily series, which I’ve mentioned numerous times on the blog as a favorite of mine. I’ve been anticipating the release for months, but I was still absolutely floored by how seriously awesome it is. THIS SERIES, you guys. So good.

As evident by the title, the book is set in Venice. An old childhood nemesis of Emily’s calls upon her and husband Colin to help solve the murder of her father-in-law. What follows is a
Aug 27, 2012 Carrie rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book and truly think it's the best of the Lady Emily books to date. I've loved every one of Ms. Alexander's books but really feel like she upped the game with this story. Intermingling two time periods worked incredibly well and made for a very rich story. Even if you haven't read the other books in this series you will enjoy this adventure. I can't wait for the next installment!
Jul 17, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
This was a quiet little read and a quick one. I would give it 3.5 stars if halves were allowed. I liked the story. It had suspense, mystery and the clues were revealed in a timely manner. I also liked the relationship between Emily and Collin. It seemed solid and was kind of sweet. I feel like I should have known who did it in this book, but I really didn't see it coming until the end. So that was also a plus.
❂ Jennifer
Dec 20, 2015 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
The Victorian era plot was only just so-so and the big reveal about the murderer relied on hidden knowledge not shared with the reader. It's truly the 17th century story that elevates this dual timeline story an extra star.

Wordy review:
Ashley Arthur
Oct 23, 2012 Ashley Arthur rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the seventh book in Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series. I’ve had the publication date marked in my calendar for months, and I was seriously excited when my pre-ordered copy arrived from Amazon. Although my favorite book in this series is still A Poisoned Season, I enjoyed this read.

Alexander plunges straight into the story without ceremony. The book begins with Emily’s examination of the dagger which was used to murder Signor Barozzi. Emily and her husband Colin have been asked to inves
Nov 08, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I anticpated really enjoying this book, since I have read all the other books in this series and I am a huge Tasha Alexander fan. Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves are one of my favorite historical fiction detective couples. I started to read this several times, and had trouble getting into it, despite its wonderfully romantic descriptions of Venice and the fact that the mystery set in the past was revealed via period letters placed in alternating chapters with the mystery set in Victorian-era Ven ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
31/2 least. I'm continuing my Lady Emily series set in Victorian England. Emily and hubby Colin are investigating the murder of a Count in Venice. There are quite a few flashbacks to an earlier romance between Nicolo and Bisina who's love is thwarted by both their families (ala Romeo and Julliet).
I enjoyed the murder mysteries (actually two murders as the story progressed) and appreciate not living in the 16th century Italy!!!!
KJ, Madame Librarian
Aug 18, 2014 KJ, Madame Librarian rated it did not like it
This was such an improvement in the series. I think Alexander did a great job with the Shakespeare allusions and the book-within-a-book conceit. Maybe it's the PMS, but I teared up a little at the end. The mystery was even decent! However, I found Colin and Emily totally blah. Just BLAH. That said, the book succeeded in spite of them.

Until the very last page. And then it was absolute shit.
Mar 04, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) This is the 7th book in the Lady Emily series. Emily and Colin head to Venice at the behest of a childhood adversary of Emily’s. Emma caused her own scandal by eloping with an Italian count, but now she is in trouble as her father-in-law is dead and her husband is missing, presumed guilty of his father’s murder. Emma is surprisingly unhelpful in her crumbling palazzo, but Emily is determined to do what she can to solve the mystery. Held in the murder victim’s hand is a ring that may ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
This is the latest book in the Lady Emily series and one of the strongest. The setting for this one is Venice, where Lady Emily and her husband Colin Hargreaves (whom I always picture as Jeremy Northam in my head) have traveled to help Emily's "frenemy" Emma, whose father-in-law has been murdered and her husband is missing. Figuring out who killed Emma's father-in-law leads to the discovery of a mystery from Venice's past. The two stories run parallel throughout the novel and then the past meets ...more
May 17, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Alexander really excel in books set outside London, and this was no exception. It might even be one of the best yet in the series.

By a few chapters in, her descriptions of Venice had me contemplating a trip there. But the plot also covered new and inventive ground in the series. Both with this and her story set in Turkey, I'm really impressed by how Alexander doesn't just impose stories willy-nilly on a particular setting, but finds a way to tell stories that seem inherently bound up in the cha
Nov 21, 2015 Darla rated it really liked it
(Genre:Fiction/Mystery/Historical Fiction) Installment #7 in the Lady Emily mystery series. Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband Colin are visiting Vienna to assist Emily's childhood nemesis Emma in solving the murder mystery of her father in law. Emma is snot and there is no love lost between her and Emily, but Emily is committed to do all she can to find the murderer. Emma's husband is the chief suspect and he has disappeared. So while Colin tracks down the missing husband, Emily investigates ...more
Clay Stafford
With “Death in the Floating City,” Tasha Alexander has written what I think is probably her best book in the seventh installment of the Lady Emily Hargreaves series. Lady Emily and her husband Colin are summoned to help solve the murder of Emily’s childhood associate’s father-in-law. Emily can’t stand her childhood friend. “Exchanging social niceties with Emma was far less pleasant than thinking about murder.” Ouch. The dialogue between these two women is delightful.

I’d put this in a more histor
Kimberly Ann
Jan 26, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it did not like it

What can I say? I didn't like the characters, I never got to know them, they were pretty flat, and I ended up not caring about the current mystery/murder (so I skipped that)...... I thought this was written in Victorian/Edwardian England, but by the tone of their speech I'd say it was modern times, so that in & of itself was a huge disappointment.

I did like the back story of the ill fated lovers and how it tied in to the paintings & ring, but I didn't like the ending... It was too pat. B
Aug 27, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I haven't commented on all of this series as I would be saying the same thing for them. However, for some reason this is one of my favorite ones. Perhaps it is the treatment of friendship and the revelation of more wonderful character traits of both Lady Emily and Colin.

Another outstanding reason that I enjoy Tasha Alexander's books as much as I do is her character development. These people are almost real to me! Sad, isn't it! :-)
Sep 24, 2014 Gretchen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I wanted to love this, but I didn't. Too much of Lady Emily's internal monologue telling me what is going on. On one hand, what Tasha Alexander does extremely well is convey how a well-bred Englishwoman of the 19th century would respond to situations. On the other hand, references to Mr Worth, and comments about a palazzo being redone in the current regency style stood out of the fabric of the novel. I think if these same comments had been framed as diary entries, or brought about in dialogue, I ...more
Dorothy Love
Apr 15, 2014 Dorothy Love rated it really liked it

Since I write historical fiction with elements of mystery and suspense I was delighted to discover the work of Tasha Alexander. Death in the Floating City is the 7th Lady Emily mystery. Set in Venice, it involves a pair of ill-fated Venetian lovers and their connection to the murder Lady Emily and her handsome husband set out to solve.

The author does a masterly job of describing the beauties, mysteries and paradoxes of life in the floating city and in setting up a cast of suspects that kept me
Nov 21, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
The mystery showed promise, but the murderer's motive made very little sense to me. It also seemed obvious from the coincidental introduction of a set of characters that at least one of them was involved. One larger series twist seemed cheapened by a later development, and most disappointingly of all, Colin was largely absent.
Nov 02, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
This was my first experience of this author and I did not realize that this was the 7th book in her series of the Lady Emily Mysteries. But I enjoyed it and plan to start at the beginning of the series and catch up. She was pretty descriptive of the Venice surroundings that I felt like I was there...back in the 1860's. ;)
Dec 20, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Been so long since I have had a good historical fiction to lose myself in, so that was very enjoyable. Loved the medieval story they brought in, despite its heartbreak. Absolutely loved the ending pages as well. :) How sweet. :)
Danielle Gonzalez
Nov 07, 2015 Danielle Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I rate a book based on the emotions it brings out of me. This was one of those types of books. A murder brings Emily and Colin to Venice to find out who killed the father-in-law of Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma. Emma was a spoiled rotten evil girl who caused Emily a lot of trouble in their childhood and continued to do so into adulthood. Even though Emma asks for Emily's help, she does so begrudgingly and rudely. The murder brings to Emily's attention a centuries old family feud betw ...more
Blair McDowell
Feb 09, 2015 Blair McDowell rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews

This ninth book in a series by Tasha Alexander featuring her characters, Lady Emily and her adoring and handsome husband, Colin Hargreaves, is by far the best to date. I thoroughly enjoy series in which the characters grow and develop further in each book. Donna Leon’s Brunetti, Camilleri’s Montalbano.

In Tasha Alexander’s light regency romances, one cannot expect the depth of a Leon, but that being said, Alexander’s research on the setting of this book, 19th century Venice, and the convoluted my
Apr 17, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
This was probably the first Lady Emily book I've liked as much as Tears of Pearl. The last two didn't call to me as much but I really liked this one. Plus having the book set in Venice AND having the 15th century story paired with it, made me blaze through this book. Lady Emily was on her game and Colin was as handsome/charming as ever. AND I never once, not even slightly thought about, never ever crossed my mind, guessed who the killer was. Sure I had my guesses - but all of them were wrong. To ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
My absolute favorite of the series. So much emotion....I can hardly even describe it. I absolutely LOVED Emily and Colin in this one, as always, but the love story that was written as the side story---breathtaking. My heart BROKE. I've been sad from books before, but I literally had tears streaming down my face. The murder/mystery that Emily was sent for was quite different from anything I think I've read before. It blended the past and the present and showed what a senseless act holding grudges ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
In Death of the Floating City, Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves head to Venice to help out a friend's need. In the 7th installment of the series, we follow Emily's adventure to Venice and get caught into the crosshairs of a centuries-old family feud. Like in Shakespeare's classic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, this historical thriller featured two star-crossed lovers who became the victims of his family's war. In this heart-breaking, tear-jerking story, we learn about the waring nature of the Baroz ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Andee rated it it was amazing
Death and the Floating City is the 7th installment in this series – and I feel as if I have gotten to know and appreciate Colin, Emily and their various family members and acquaintances. Alexander continues to put her readers into the various cities she has chosen, allowing us to not only see Emily and Colin navigate the streets and canals of Venice, but also take a vacation to an unknown and exciting place. I really enjoyed this episode of the Hargreaves’ story, it was nice to not only see a li ...more
Christine Nicole
Jan 29, 2016 Christine Nicole rated it did not like it
Not sure where to begin with how painful this book was to get through. The wannabe Sherlock Holmes thing is daunting enough to pull off, let alone when the characters have no depth, the storyline puts you to sleep, and the pithy dialogue writing is so cheesy you're cringing every few paragraphs. Her foreshadowing is less foreshadow and more fore-being-hit-over-the-head-with-a-brick, the language jumps around from historically contextual to completely modern and therefore nonsensical, and the pro ...more
The ending made me very happy, let's just say that.
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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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Lady Emily (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily, #3)
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