Vienna Waltz (Charles & Mélanie Fraser #3)
Europe's elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna--princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar--all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most po...more
In 1814 the Congress of Vienna was convened to redraw boundaries after the Napoleonic Wars and to redress the balance of power in Europe.
Malcolm Rannoch, diplomat and intelligence agent and member of the British delegation, is accompanied by his wife Suzanne and their 17 month-old baby Colin to Vienna. Suzanne has been sent a note by Princess Tatiana Kirsanova, rum...more
Another thing is that I felt like I was being dropped into things in medias res - like I was missing something. When I came onto Goodreads to figure out if I had missed some earlier books in the series, I found out that I had - but that this was a prequel. (For those of you interested, apparently...more
I was disappointed, but that's not to say it was a bad book. I just think my hopes were set too high. The story was interesting enough- I kept reading because I wanted to find out whodunit- but since I never felt a real connection to any of the characters, I never felt truly investe...more
But once I got started reading, I quickly realized the only things that changed about these characters were their names. Everything else was the same. And truthfully, I still thought of them as Charles and Mélanie even as I was seeing Malcolm and Suzanne on the page.
With that out of the way.....more
But there were a few things that kept putting me off. Namely I couldn't figure out quite where to start. Between the author changing her name, the main characters inexplicably having a name change in the middle of the series, at least one book undergoing a title change and then figuring out if I should start out wi...more
Vienna Waltz opens right in on the action, no set-up here. We find out things as we go along, and I love books like that. The hero and heroine of our tale: Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch are thrust in the middle of the murder investigation, because on the night of the murder, Princess Tatiana had dispatched messages to meet her in...more
The descriptions were wonderful, the storyline intricately twisted, and the intrigue was diabolical! It was a s...more
Set in 1814, at the Congress of Vienna
Malcolm Rannoch = Charles Frazer
Suzanne Rannoch = Melanie Frazer
Wonderful story, even though we who have read Daughter of the Game/Secrets of a Lady know what happens to the couple later.
Teresa (Tracy) Grant studied British history at Stanford University and received the Firestone Award for Excellence in Research for her honors thesis on shifting conceptions of honor in late fifteenth century England. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is on the board of the Merola Opera Program, a training program for professional opera singers, coaches,...more