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A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily #2)

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London's social season is in full swing, and Victorian aristocracy is atwitter over a certain gentleman who claims to be the direct descendant of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Adding to their fascination with all things French, an audacious cat burglar is systematically stealing valuable items that once belonged to the ill–fated queen.

But things take a dark turn. The own...more
Unknown Binding, 308 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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Lisa Kay
One of my favorite paintings, “Marie Antoinette with the Rose,” by Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (female prodigy and a favorite of the queen). The rose is the symbolic flower of Austria.

★★★★ ½ Oh, I think I liked this one even more than the first in the Lady Emily Mysteries. It has plenty of intrigue, witty dialogue, and plot twists. There is a cat burglar stealing mementos of Marie Antoinette; there is a man claiming to be her heir; there is a ‘overzealous suitor’ stalking Lady Emily; and there...more
Where I got the book: purchased at an author event. Signed. I know the author.

This is the second book in Alexander’s Lady Emily mystery series. I’m very slowly working my way through it, having enjoyed the first book enough that I was willling to give the second a try. I have three or four historical mystery series I dip into from time to time when I need some relaxation reading—I expect plausibility rather than painstaking historical accuracy, perhaps a little bit of a continuing romance story,...more
A POISONED SEASON (Amateur Sleuth-Emily Ashton-England-Victorian) – VG
Alexander, Tasha – 2nd in series
Wm. Morrow, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780061174148
First Sentence: There are several things one can depend upon during the London Season: an overwhelming barrage of invitations, friends whose loyalties turn suspect, and at least one overzealous suitor.
*** Lady Emily Ashton is through the period of mourning for her husband in time to join London’s social season. A new face on the scene is Charle...more
I’ve decided I like Lady Emily after all! Reading the first book, I wasn’t sure - but that was because I couldn’t help comparing her to Lady Julia Grey, my favorite Victorian widow sleuth and my first love of the genre.

But now I’ve had some time without a lot of new Lady Julia material to read, and was able to find some space in my heart for Emily. She’s another heroine who can’t quite live within the strictures of Victorian society, and finds freedom as a widow that she never could have had as...more
I'm a sucker for this genre: 19th Century England/high society/mystery/historical fiction/romance.

Truth be told, it's not THAT great of a book, but like I said, I'm a sucker for the genre. The reason it is not THAT great is because I don't automatically find myself making the same leaps of judgement about some of the 'suspects' as the main character, Emily Ashton, does. So, I suppose that if the author made the motives more clear or the descriptions more detailed, I may make the same conclusions...more
Another fantastic effort from Tasha Alexander.
I love Lady Emily.

I REALLY love Colin Hargreaves.

Although I think this mid-to-late Victorian period in which the books are set would have been far too silly for me (I feel the same way about meetings, so it's possible that I need to adjust my standards), I enjoy seeing Emily romp all over it.

This particular mystery has so many Georgette Heyer themes, but written by a contemporary author: the London season, arranged marriages, nobility, and a royal wh...more
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I am now in full realization of just how much of a punishment glutton I am. I seem to feast on the fact that I loathe sharks, unfortunate looking sharks at that, with every fiber of my being. And yet, the shark exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are my favorites. Shark meat, shark teeth, shark fin (whoops, that last one was a tad bit un-humanitarian). And yet, I have revolting scenarios where I fall in the tank, tide pool, etc.

Sep 26, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Victorian Era Mystery
Ok, Tasha Alexander has redeemed herself with this one. I was unsure of her after her first. But this one definitely has a better groove and was much easier to read. I liked the tension between she and Colin the whole way through and the mystery was much easier to follow and was interesting as well!
Aug 18, 2013 Andree rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this one. After finishing the first one, I suspected I'd really enjoy this one (more than I enjoyed the first one). Really pleased to have been proven right.

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Summary: While the big gossip of the season is surrounding the purported heir to the French throne, Lady Emily Ashton is still attracting attention. She is still studying Greek, still refusing to remarry, still drinking port, and still intent on being her own person even as she faces society's censure, troubles with her best friend, multiple proposals, a dashing thief, and a murderer.

My Thoughts: The characters are the most important part of this story so I will start with them (I'm afraid that...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Like I said in my review of this first book of this series, And Only to Deceive, I absolutely love this series. I have re-read the books several times and always look forward to a new one being published. Tasha Alexander has created wonderful characters, and it is impossible not to fall in love with them. (Especially Colin, who may very well be the perfect man).

This is my favorite book of the series so far, and one of my favorite books of all time. I love the way Emily and Colin butt heads as fa...more
I loved this one also. The plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker....who is after Lady Emily and why. I kept guessing but the twists and turns were throwing me off so much. I don't know if I ever guessed correctly. I loved how it all revolved around Marie Antoinette's offspring and jewels. Will she ever give up and say yes to Colin? This guy can only propose so many times. He does refuse to kiss her etc. until she becomes his betrothed. I enjoyed the roles each have. Emily definitely wants...more
I liked this second book in a series much more than I liked the first one. The first one was good enough that I looked for the next two books at the library the next time I went there.

At this point Emily knows that she missed the opportunity to be married to a man she loved, and has decided to figure out who she is, and what she wants before she accepts Colin's offer of marriage. And that is basically what one part of the plot is about. The other part is the mysteries surrounding the offspring o...more
This second installment in the Lady Emily Ashton mystery series definitely exceeded my expectations. I ended up rather underwhelmed by the first book. Nevertheless, I was willing to move forward, hoping things would pick up substantially in the second. And by "things" I mean plotline, character development, chemistry between principals...pretty much the whole shebang. Good news is--they did. Quite a bit, in fact. And I'm still trying to decide whether I adjusted to the world and writing style or...more
I enjoy almost anything that takes me to the London Season during the Victorian or Regency period as long as the writing is tolerable and it is clean. I am convinced I was born in the wrong time and should have had my season, married a devastatingly witty and handsome Duke or Earl,(exactly like my Alex) and then simply enjoyed society for the rest of my days in between my periods of confinement where I would make an heir and a house full of spares. Never would I have to drive carpool, deal with...more
This is the second entry I've read in the Lady Emily cozy mystery series which takes place in Victorian England. In the first novel Lady Emily solves her husbands murder and stumbles on to an investigative quality that she never knew she possessed. In this novel her relationship with her husbands friend Colin deepens as she investigates the disappearance of items that belonged to Marie Antoinette that have been disappearing from some of the finest homes in London. Along the way her reputation ta...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Wonderful book with a wonderful heroine and a great plot. I loved all the feminist aspects of the book (of course) and the world is extremely well depicted. I must say the mysteries so far have been really original. This one, involving the French royalty, is no exception. This is an outstanding series.
This is the 2nd in this series about Lady Emily and I liked this one alot more than the first. The story felt smoother and more put together. Lady Emily was much less annoying and the mystery was very well done. She is in London during this story and is having a difficult season as someone is spreading rumors about her. She is asked to investigate the murder of an acquaintance and meanwhile someone is stealing artifacts that belonged to Marie Antoinette. There is alot going on in this story, but...more
Carolyn Bitetti
Am really enjoying this series starring Lady Emily Ashton who rebels against the rigid social mores of her Victorian era. She is independent and smart - and an amateur detective. This is not a P.D. James level mystery novel with respect to depth of characters, richness of plot or elegance of prose. BUT this series makes for great fun relaxing reading and I am happily working me way through all of them!
I really enjoyed this book. The protagonist is a widowed young woman living in Victorian era London. She fiercely enjoys her independence, despite all of society pushing her to remarry. The plot of the story revolves around a murder mystery that Emily ends up solving.

Despite a rather slow start, the rest of the book moved smoothly and enjoyably. It was all well-written, especially for a historical novel, and I had no trouble believing the time period or the characters.
This book was much more concerned with the mystery than the first book. When I read the first book, I was surprised at how much time Alexander spent developing the character, and I was curious about where she would go with the next book. But Lady Emily is now established as an eccentric widow, and spent most of her time solving a mystery around the theft of items belonging to Marie Antoinette.

I thought this was a solid follow-up to the first book. The mystery was well done, and while they ending...more
Amy A
In her follow up to And Only to Deceive, Lady Emily is enjoying life as a widow. She's finding she likes the independence and is not yet ready to accept another proposal of marriage. She's ready to enjoy the Season, but is also prepared to make herself as scarce as possible at any events. Of course when you refuse invitations everyone assumes you are in high demand so you end up receiving even more invites.

Of course Lady Emily can't do without intrigue and she ends up getting embroiled in a murd...more
A likeable second entry in the Lady Emily series, though my issues remain the same: a rather anachronistic heroine (I'll admit, in this book, she has to deal with the repercussions of her quirkiness . . . but then gets bailed out by an unlikely ally) and one who too often is naive in dealing with threats. I guess I just want her to learn from experience and be more sensible.
Pamela Aidan
I want to love this series, but after book 2 I still have reservations about the believability of Lady Ashton. Clues and confessions come too fortuitously and with little real effort. I'd also enjoy more insight into the era beyond the "isn't-it-jut-awful-how-women-are-treated" whines. Liked it, but not enough to continue the series.
Lady Emily Ashton investigates a murder during the height of the social season in Victorian England. A disappointing 2nd in a series - And Only To Deceive, the 1st, was much better. Well-written, but a bit dull and slow-paced. The relationship between Emily and Colin is interesting, as is Emily's interest in antiquities.
Another fabulous trip through the seamy side of victorian high society with Lady Emily. I thoroughly enjoyed the complicated plot and continuing progress of Emily's romantic relationship(s). The identity of the villain and extent of the treachery were a delicious suprise. I can't wait to read the next one.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked this one better than the first book in this series. Lady Emily Ashton and Collin Hargreaves are beginning to grow on me. That and the fact that the mystery in this book is much more interesting and ... well, more mysterious made this quite an enjoyable read.
Occasionally I like to read Victorian mystery/romances (as long as there are no heaving bosoms in sight), and this was an example of what I consider enjoyable fluff. It's the second in the series, and I don't recall reading the first (And Only to Deceive), but it didn't matter, there was sufficient information about the characters revealed in this book. The heroine, the recently widowed Lady Ashton, is a non-conformist (for the times) berated by friends and family for preferring to learn Greek a...more
This time I should have looked into the French Revolution as Alexander did a lot of research for this book. It was better than the first. In fact, as with all good books, I raced on, reading fast to see this all gathered together in quite a nice box--so-to-speak.

I learned a bit more about the customs of the times: affairs, marriage problems and how difficult it was for women to express themselves and to find friendships.

A great read, but I couldn't do 5 stars as I know there is very little for...more
Nancy Nelson
Second book in the Lady Emily Mystery series. The characters are getting better developed. This is what my friend Keri calls "brain candy" - a good choice when I want something diverting that has believable dialogue and characters that I can care about. I enjoy the descriptions of life, high society life that is, in Victorian England, along with the role of women, men, husbands, wives and collectors of art. Sometimes the lead character, Lady Emily, is not entirely consistent/plausible - sometime...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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