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Behind the Shattered Glass (Lady Emily #8)

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A ruined abbey on a beautiful estate in Derbyshire, a murdered peer, and a most unlikely romance make New York Times bestseller Tasha Alexander’s new novel absolutely irresistible

Anglemore Park is the ancestral home of Lady Emily Hargreave’s husband Colin. But the stately calm of country life is destroyed when their neighbor, the Marquess of Montagu, bursts through the Fre
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
The Lady Emily series has been one I have followed since its inception. I number it among one of my favorites, but I find myself rather disappointed with the latter books.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Lady Emily and her husband, the valiant, gorgeous, charming, and altogether impeccably perfect Colin Hargreaves, but there is a time for a series to make a graceful end, and as sad as I am to see the demise of a series, it's about time. I would rather see a series I love make an elegant bo
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Sunny
Oct 20, 2013 Sunny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TERRIBLE. I've read the other seven Lady Emily stories and they weren't that bad. This one started badly, with supposedly witty repartee that fell flat, and then got worse. Everything about the estate is far too perfect, from the spacious well-lit kitchen to the redecorated servants quarters... Not to mention cozy reading nooks in each room. Emily's marriage is perfect, her children are perfect, etc., etc. her annoying mother is only there for comic relief and is perfectly avoided whenever she m ...more
SidneyKay
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Teri
Nov 14, 2013 Teri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First let me say that I have been a fan of the Lady Emily series since the beginning and I was thrilled to start #8 in the series. Sadly I was terribly disappointed in this latest addition. There were a number of things that really bothered me. First, as at least one other review has pointed out, the relationship between the aristocratic guest and the maid simply didn't ring true to me. While relationships like this occasionally occurred during Victorian times, I found this one improbable. Secon ...more
Kate
Nov 06, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Emily and Colin are at home at their country estate of Anglemore Park, their neighbor the Marquess of Montague, manages to stumble into their foyer to collapse and die after being hit over the head with a rock. Naturally, Emily and Colin take up the investigation. Suspects abound, including the Marquess's cousin who should have stood to inherit, women scorned, and an old friend from his childhood days who may have been looking for revenge.

I remember fully enjoying the first couple of Lady
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Jodi
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Jacqie
Nov 26, 2013 Jacqie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tasha Alexander is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you're going to get with her books. Some I have adored, others I've laid aside without finishing. I'm so pleased to have really enjoyed this book that I'm giving it five stars- it's really in comparison with her other books.

The problems I had with the last book have been rectified. Colin and Emily love and want each other, and are good partners in solving the murder. Emily at least takes a stab at being a better mother than her own
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Kathy
Dec 09, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-romance
I was first introduced to what was to become the Lady Emily series several years ago, when I was recovering from major surgery and read "And Only to Deceive," a Victorian-era mystery featuring a very likeable strong-willed female character. I liked the first book enough to continue following as each new addition to the series came out, and haven't found a bad one in the lot.

This latest outing is a bit different from the previous books, in that besides Lady Emily's first person narration of the
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Lisa
Mar 10, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Emily is happily settled at her country estate with her husband and her boys, when one evening, her neighbor, the marquees, stumbles into her home and drops dead. She, and her husband Collin, are given the task of finding the murderer, and soon she finds herself wondering who is telling the truth and what they have to hide - even some of the servants in her own home.

Although this book started off a little slow for me, it picked up, and I got pulled into the mystery, like I always do with Ta
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Keilani Ludlow
Nov 27, 2013 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books and this one fits right in. I will say that they were a bit more entertaining early on, but still are very good. In fact, I appreciate that Lady Emily and Colin have gotten most of the bumps worked out of their marriage in these later books. The plot isn't exactly my favorite, but it is good and does keep one wondering who and how and why. The manner in which Lady Emily handles her mother is absolutely a delight to read. I'm not much of a mystery reader but these ones will alw ...more
Joseph
I was fortunate to get an autographed Advanced Reader Copy of this at the ALA Conference in Chicago in June. This was another enjoyable mystery in this series. This one had lots of suspects and surprises. I really liked the clever Upstairs/Downstairs format of this one as well as seeing the developments in the lives of Lady Emily and her husband Colin. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Stephanie
definitely the weakest of the series...sorry but I'm not buying Lily's love story, and no matter how well educated she is going to be, people would never forget her background & family.
and boy I miss Jeremy, Cecile & Margaret.... are we ever going to see them again? or even heard any mention of them? Please bring them back, even just for a little visit
Shelley Fearn
I've so enjoyed Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. All the novels have a mystery but the relationship between Emily and her husband Colin is at the core of the story. Charming and witty, the couple could be progenitors of Nick and Nora Charles. The writing is direct with a good balance between dialog and description. Each book in the series has just the right balance of romance and humor.

Some may find Behind the Shattered Glass less engaging than previous entries in the series. May it was --
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Amy
My least favorite Lady Emily book by far. The mystery started off well and the story was entertaining when Emily and Colin were investigating – actually investigating that is, not talking about what they’ve investigated instead of showing it. But the resolution came out of nowhere and I think undermines the more interesting parts of the investigation. There are some interesting secondary characters – Cora Fitzgerald was a tough nut to crack, and the Matilda/Rodney storyline could have been more ...more
Jennifer
In my opinion, this one is not as strong as others in the series. That being said, I still really enjoyed it.

Set in and around Colin's country home, the story revolves around the murder of a Marquess from a neighboring estate, who happens to collapse and die in Colin and Emily's home.

I think the main thing that bothered my was the alternating point of view. You have a chapter from Emily's POV (in first person), then a chapter (in third person) titled 'downstairs' revolving around a maid named Li
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Nancy
I won this book in exchange for an honest review.

#8 in the Lady Emily series of historical cozy murder mysteries. I have only read two other books in this series and of the three I found this one to be rather flat and rushed.

I felt Ms. Alexander is trying to jump on the Downton Abbey bandwagon and wrote a novel with an upstairs and downstairs point of view. It could have worked but there just wasn't enough substance to the two plots.

Cons:
-Lady Emily's investigation into the murder of the Marque
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Cameran
Dec 09, 2013 Cameran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Unfortunately, this has been my least favorite installment of the Lady Emily series. I could not feel engaged in the plot, and there was such a distance between myself the familiar characters that is was very disconcerting.

Some of my troubles with this book can be related to the format of it. In Behind the Shattered Glass, Tasha Alexander takes an Upstairs-Downstairs approach to the storytelling. Lady Emily, as always, is a narrator of the story, but now so too are a house maid named Lily and a
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Maire
Aug 17, 2014 Maire rated it liked it
Yay, Lady Emily is back! I loved the first three books in the series, but felt like the next few were not very interesting and occasionally quite frustrating. Then, with book 7, Alexander really hit it out of the park. I felt like part of the success of that novel depended on the alternating chapters set in different time periods. This novel takes a lesson from that one, and alternates viewpoints: from upstairs (traditional Lady Emily first person POV) to downstairs (with the limited omniscient ...more
Elizabeth
I don't give 5 stars lightly; I give this 5 stars in the context of I greatly enjoyed it for the genre that it is!

This series has really grown on me, and maybe it's my exposure to Downton Abbey that has put me in the frame of mind to really enjoy this particular book in the series, even more than the last (Death in the Floating City). I think that what I enjoyed about this book is possibly what other readers who rated it 2/3 stars did not enjoy as much... just their world; the estate, the relat
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Sarah
Nov 18, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FINALLY can give a full five stars! I have been enjoying this series but always felt they needed something more, and this time it delivered! I think what captivated me most was seeing for the first time the downstairs viewpoints. To watch the housemaid Lily and Colin's friend Simon fall in love was such a sweet side story! I admit I was hesitant at first because naturally at the time, it was weird for a gentleman to have such an interest in a maid so I didn't altogether trust Simon. Glad to be w ...more
Ilona
Aug 24, 2014 Ilona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery, 2014
My first Lady Emily book. Remarkably thin on historical details, it took me a little while to figure out just when it was supposed to be set. The characters are not deep, and the number of feminist, anti-aristocracy, egalitarian aristocrats peppering its pages is entirely unrealistic. So, if you want historical veracity in your mystery story, go read some Anne Perry.

Still, was still a fun read, and I wouldn't hesitate to read another. Light and frothy, it galloped along at a good clip, the myste
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Morgan Erwin
May 08, 2015 Morgan Erwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, it was one that I couldn't put down. I can really see how the author is maturing as a writer. I can not wait to read many more.
Pamela Bronson
Jan 21, 2015 Pamela Bronson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Although I hand out five stars very rarely, I probably would have for this book except for a small fault I find in the plot (I won't elaborate because of spoilers). It was just so much fun!

I enjoyed the glimpse into the lives of servants, not servants with the often dreary life of typical Victorian servants, but of kind, enlightened, and wealthy people like Lady Emily and Colin. I enjoy the way Lady Emily and Nanny conspire to manage Emily's mother and to soften her strong vie
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Meegan
Aug 20, 2015 Meegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I picked this book up even though it wasn't the first in the series but I thought "what the hey". Also, I was thrilled by the idea that it was set in the Regency era of England. It started off well, especially when a guy was murdered within the first few chapters. I also liked how it switched from first to third person every other chapter. But by page 70, I became very bored. I also had an issue with the writing style. It was written to appeal to readers of the 21st century but since its setting ...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
This series is magnificent because it takes 19th century England and then has its main character point out its (many) problems and instead of just sitting there and going on with life, the heroine attempts to do something to resolve them. This book has to do with the class system and this is one of the best in the series because it's a domestic drama that encompasses a whole society. The heroine is absolutely amazing with a great sense of social justice and runs a utopia in her household, from d ...more
Angie Bollard
I have really enjoyed this series but this may be my point of departure. First of all, the Upstairs Downstairs/Downton Abbey storyline seems a bit exploitative of recent trends. Especially since all these characters are so one-dimensional, even the main "downstairs" characters. Also if Lady Emily and her husband have anymore "meaningful" glances that is followed by "marital bliss" I may vomit. Everything seems so formulaic and staid. Moving on.
Laura Carter
This book in the Lady Emily series seemed very slow and fell flat. There was really never any action, no moments where Emily was in danger. There was basically no conflict whatsoever except for when she would confront someone in a lie, and even then the person admitted the lie quickly and without much discussion. I thought that maybe when she went to the Abbey ruins with Matilda that maybe Matilda would try to push her over the edge or injure her somehow, but I was disappointed. I was hoping for ...more
Linda
Oct 20, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
More of a 3.75 and much better than the last one. I thought we'd wrapped up the saga of Lady Emily and her dashing husband Colin Hargreaves with the news they'd be adopting a murderer's child and that Emily was finally pregnant after a miscarriage and a struggle to conceive.

They are happily ever aftering at the family estate in the English countryside with 3 boys including twin sons, Emily's mother, Colin's friend and a neighboring nobleman who stumbles into Anglemore and has the bad taste to di
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Ginger
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Ali
I didn't particularly like the whole upstairs/downstairs thing going on in the book (it felt like Alexander had been watching too much "Downton Abbey") and for some reason I had a hard time following the plot -- maybe too many minor characters in this one?

Not much better or worse than the rest of the series -- fun for what it is, but it's definitely not literature.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Lady Emily (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
  • A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2)
  • A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily, #3)
  • Tears of Pearl (Lady Emily, #4)
  • Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily, #5)
  • A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily, #6)
  • Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily, #7)
  • The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
  • The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)
  • A Terrible Beauty (Lady Emily, #11)

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