Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily, #7)
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Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily #7)

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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...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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kari
Dec 04, 2012 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Brenda Hawley
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...more
Carrie
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!
Ashley Arthur
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...more
Laura
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
Beth
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
Dorothy Love

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...more
Donna
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.
Susan
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. ;)
Chelsea
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. :)
Brandi
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
Kristen
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
Andee
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
Jess
The ending made me very happy, let's just say that.
Sophia
I love going along with Lady Emily when she is off to solve another murder, but in this case it was even better. When an old frenemy to Emily contacts her that she is in dire need of Emily's particular talent for solving murders, she comes. Emily along with Colin exercise their detecting talent in Venice. The sweeping descriptions of so much make the city almost another character in the story. I was as enamored with Venice as I was with the murder mystery.

While this was a more gently-paced insta...more
Lori McD
4+ stars

Still reeling from finishing the book... not quite ready to do a full review on it yet. I'm so overwhelmed with the story and emotion, I can't possibly do a review justice. This is such a bittersweet story - lovely, horrible, joyful, sad, tragic, hopeful.... such a gambit of emotion! A sort of Romeo-Juliet story, but one that shows the lovers through the years and how the tradition of the day affected what they did and how they reacted. Makes me think that perhaps Romeo and Juliet had th...more
Deena
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Death in the Floating City continues to showcase the writing talent of Tasha Alexander.

The Plot: Look for multiple red herrings as the story progresses. There are two stories in the book: one in the present and one in the past. They are related and are the reason for the murder.

The Characters: Emily has center stage in this story. Colin is there but often in an off stage role. Emma, the old friend who ask for help is not seen very often. The story is sprinkled with interesting characters from n...more
Minna
This installment in Lady Emily's series seriously wavered between 3 and 4 stars for me.

On one hand, I enjoyed the Venetian travelogue bits. Having been to Venice, it was a joy to see it again reimagined as it might have looked in the 1800s. I admit it sounds more appealing then than it does now with the advent of noisy tour groups and meaningless mass-produced souvenirs.

I also very much liked Besina's story, told a chapter at a time after each chapter of Lady Emily. It was very poetic and sad....more
Jackie Podolski
I enjoyed this installment of the Lady Emily series much more than the last. Emily, a respectable yet unconventional woman of means in Victorian England, has yet another opportunity to travel, this time to Venice to help an old nemesis. Signora Emma's character is best defined in the first chapter when Lady Emily recounts a story from their childhood. Readers are supposed to see Emma as inexplicably cruel and selfish, and that impression remains throughout the book. I was never able to understan...more
Kim
Towards the end of 2011/beginning of 2012 I was introduced to a character by the name of Lady Emily. She is a woman of the Victorian Era, a time when woman should be seen and not heard. Lady Emily, however, is a woman who bucks that notion and delves into learning, reading, languages, art, geography, etc. I found so much of myself in her at times that I flew through the first book of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily seriesAnd Only to Deceive.After falling head-over-heels in love with Alexander's wri...more
Cecilia
This is my second Tasha Alexander novel featuring Victorian Lady Emily Ashton and maybe because this one is set in Venice, a city I love, I enjoyed it even more than the the first one I read (A Fatal Waltz). Alexander, like Donna Leon, another author who writes mysteries set in Venice (though featuring a male detective), does a brilliant job of breathing life into Venice. And Lady Emily is a force to be reckoned with...a kin to Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey (set in Victorian England). Unlike...more
Tracy
As I've said about other Lady Emily stories in this series, I really like the premise and the ideas behind these mysteries better than the execution of them. I wish I could identify what it is that leaves me feeling a bit flat whenever I read one.

This time around, we are treated to a visit to Venice, unarguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the star of the show and the descriptions are excellently done. Of course, there is a murder to solve and Lady Emily and her husband...more
Ali
The "Lady Emily" series really is virtually indistinguishable from the "Lady Julia" series by Deanna Raybourn. Similar time period, crime-solving noble heroines, with deliciously handsome husbands. Raybourn's books have better characters, but I think that Alexander's might be plotted a bit better.

"Death in the Floating City" was an average example of the genre (does two authors constitute a genre?), but I didn't love the jumps between the 19th century and the 15th century in the narrative. I thi...more
Sandy Cox
Venice should be a romantic place, but when Emily and Colin are working on a case, there's little time for romance.

Our hero and heroine have are being employed by a childhood frenemy of Emily, who needs to locate her missing husband and ascertain who murdered her father in law. This journey will take them back over 100 years to a pair of star crossed lovers from feuding families.

As you all know, I am a huge fan of the Lady Emily series. I love how progressive and daring the character is for he...more
Jacqie
Tasha Alexander seems to run hot and cold as an author. I've enjoyed some of her books immensely, and found others slightly above average.

This installment was average at best. I actually just skimmed to the end, which is something I've never done before with her books. Venice has never been the city of my dreams, I admit, and Emily and Colin seemed to snip at each other more than show each other affection. But there was no discussion of the deeper issues that went along with being a woman in Vic...more
Maire
HUZZAH! Lady Emily is finally back in good form. I used to love this series, but the last two books had made me seriously question whether I would continue to follow Lady Emily's adventures. (Her new husband was such a BORE and kept making her stop having adventures....which basically made Emily boring too!)

Luckily, in this story, Colin is off having his own adventures somewhere else for most of the time, so we get to see Lady Emily doing all sorts of crazy things! Also, unlike in other books in...more
Sarah Adamson
A great exploration of Venice as obvious from the title. A nice mystery and good enough book that it gets away with jumping back and forth into the past to explore the historical story resulting in the modern mystery. I don't like that yet again a great female author has felt the need to include a rape scene although she handles it better than some. Nice ending that made me reach straight for the next book!
LeiAnn
Dec 06, 2012 LeiAnn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Lady Emily and Colin are off to Venice in this murder mystery. When the head of one of Venice's oldest families is stabbed, the only clue left behind is an antique ring he was clasping in his hand.

Pros: I loved the Venetian setting, so much so that I'm planning a vacation there. I'll tell my husband we are going as soon as I actually scrape up the $$$ to do so. So pretty much never, but I can dream. The medieval back story was really interesting, too. Lots of fun characters.

Cons: I felt like ev...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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