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Dangerous to Know: A Novel of Suspense (Lady Emily #5)

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Set in the lush countryside of Normandy, France, this new novel of suspense featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves is filled with intrigue, romance, mysterious deaths, and madness.

Returning from her honeymoon with Colin Hargreaves and a near brush with death in Constantinople, Lady Emily convalesces at her mother-in-law's beautiful estate in Normandy. But the calm she so desperat
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Published October 26th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published October 15th 2010)
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Very few authors are capable of creating a series in which the characters remain the same or, better yet, grow more mature or improve and sadly, this isn't one of them. Each book of this series seems to get farther away from the character of Emily presented in the first book, going from strong and intelligent to childish and incapable of seeing how her actions affect anyone but herself.
Emily weeps in almost every chapter of this book. Every. Chapter. If she were actually broken up about events
I really liked Lady Emily in And Only to Deceive,the first book of this series. Didn't like her so much in the 4th, Tears of Pearl, because her arrogance and fight for independence and equality were a bit overbearing and quite obnoxious. The Emily of Dangerous to Know is much more like the Emily of And Only to Deceive. For example, I loved her interchange with Laurent after she barged into his rooms and ignored his demands that she leave:

Laurent: Are you simple-minded? Do you not understand the
After suffering a terrible loss on her honeymoon in Constantinople, Lady Emily is whisked off for R&R at her mother-in-law's house in Normandy. Does anyone spot the obvious plot yet? Of course, things are not smooth sailing with Colin's mother, and of course, there's a dead body or two to deal with. And Sebastian (yeah!!!) is back, with all refined tastes and selective burglaring.

I really disliked Colin's treatment of Emily in the book. I realize that it may be typical of the era, but I didn
Bree T
After the traumatic events at the end of the fourth Lady Emily novel, Tears of Pearl, Lady Emily is taken by her husband Colin to Normandy, France to his mother’s place to recuperate. Although not entirely enamoured with the idea of being pregnant in the previous novel, now that she is no longer, Lady Emily finds herself in quite a state of melancholy, one that she cannot seem to shake. She is listless and withdrawn, very unlike herself. Her convalescence isn’t helped by the fact that her mother ...more
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I think I’m going to put the Lady Emily series on warning; I find that since the first two books, they are rolling steadily downhill and losing the charm that hooked me into this character in the first place. The characters seemed flat (even the ones I have loved in previous installations of the series) and the story hollowly improbable. I didn’t like the diary entries by Emily’s mother in law at the end of some chapters. I think a lot of the dialogue needed some work; I found that all the Frenc ...more
Tasha Alexander no decepciona. Su protagonista, Lady Emily, vive en una auténtica sociedad victoriana en la que la mujer estaba confinada a la maternidad y el matrimonio, por lo que a veces resulta sofocante. Lady Emily debe luchar constantemente entre sus deseos de libertad y lo que la sociedad impone, y sus frustraciones son muy realistas.

El caso de asesinato de este número es interesante, sobre todo por lo que afecta de modo personal a los protagonistas. Como siempre, sublimes los cameos de
Another clear victory for Tasha Alexander! In previous reviews I've admired her style and character development, and the fifth book in the Lady Emily series does not disappoint. In this book Tasha Alexander pits Lady Emily against her new mother-in-law and, even at times her husband. I enjoyed the way that Emily is again put in a situation where she has to find a balance between what society expects and what she wants with the additional view of taking into consideration what her husband wants a ...more
Just a warning: some may find this review slightly spoilerish...beware.


I only recently discovered Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series. Since then, I've devoured the first four books, but I found this installment to be a disappointment. It started strong. Ms. Alexander wasted no time getting to the mystery element of the story - Lady Emily stumbles upon the victim of a Jack the Ripper-esque murder within the first few pages. She is Edith Prier, a madwoman recently
The Lady Emily series continues to impress.

In this installment, our lead characters have been transported from the Ottoman Empire--the site of Alexander's last book--to Normandy. The change brings Emily and Colin to the home of Colin's disapproving mother, Lady Hargreaves. And what an interesting creature she is! While she and Emily have their battles, her addition to the series is quite welcome and I look forward to the added element of adventure she is sure to add.

Two other characters return
This is the fifth installment in the Lady Emily series. Emily and Colin are staying in Normandy with his mother to allow Emily to rest and recover from her trauma in Constantinople. However, things are not as restful for Emily as Colin had hoped; she struggles with her relationship with her mother-in-law and while out riding, she is shocked to find a young woman who has been brutally murdered, in the style of Jack the Ripper. Colin is deeply worried about Emily and wants to shield her, and Emily ...more
The Lady Emily Books are well done popcorn books - which is how I tend to describe a fun, quick read. Tasha Alexander takes care with her history. She tweaks what is necessary for the story, of course, but it's obvious she's done her homework. I adore the characters of Lady Emily and Colin and their growing relationship. And, while it occasionally make Emily a frustrating character, I truly appreciate that Alexander has taken pains not to just make Lady Emily a 21st century woman in a Victorian ...more
Katie Hutchison Irion
Ok, if you like VIctorian mysteries, intelligent heroines, dashing heroes, and clever writing and haven't read these books yet, what are you thinking??? (I'm looking at you Traci, Heidi, Julie)
I once again thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of Emily and Colin. I don't know if it was because I read this on vacation and finished it in a couple days instead of weeks or if I just enjoyed this one more but I felt like this was one of my favorite in the series.
This one finds Emily and Colin at his mo
This series for the most part has struck me as a slightly inferior version of the Lady Julia Grey series, although the two are quite similar. So similar that this time around as I read the two most recent books back to back I found myself confusing the characters in my head. As I read Dark Road to Darjeeling, I kept thinking that Julia and Brisbane had just been on their honeymoon in Constantinople, and didn't she just lose a baby.? But, no I remembered, that was Lady Emily and Colin Hargreaves. ...more
Not Alexander's finest, Dangerous to Know is the latest book in the Lady Emily series. The plot is meandering and rather transparent, and quite frankly, Lady Emily becomes a bit of a bore. Alexander's attempt to stick to her timeline by having the reader grieve with Emily for the miscarriage suffered at the end of Tears of Pearl was misguided, to say the least. While it provides the impetus for much of her sleuthing in this outing, the reader's sympathies tend to lie with Mrs. Hargreaves, Lady E ...more
Well, I did enjoy this more than I did the previous book, but not by much. I really liked Mrs. Hargreaves and look forward to more of Emily's interactions with her, and, of course, I still really like Colin. But Emily herself has really irritated me throughout the last couple of books, and though I very much enjoy Sebastian, I'm not entirely sure what purpose he serves in this story. Yet again, it was totally obvious to me who the villain was from the moment he appeared, and I felt like the stor ...more
I felt Dangerous to Know is one of the best of the Lady Emily series! We have big spooky houses, asylums, apparitions of a little girl--a few homicides thrown in! Lady Emily came through again!
I'm so very pleased that the author is keeping the high quality of writing as the series continues. The introduction of Colin's mother to Lady Emily's life adds an interesting dynamic to Emily and Colin's marriage (in a way that mother-in-laws often do). In fact, the shifting dynamic of their marriage is one of the most interesting elements of this book and I applaud Tasha Alexander for giving us insight through her characters into what it was like to live in such a restrictive, male dominated s ...more
Book 5 of Lady Emily series and a bit disappointed. I almost forgot why I love Emily so much. She was fragile in this book...understandably after what happened in book 4...but it was just annoying. Sadly Colin lost a but of his dreaminess too. The murder mystery piece of it was missing to me as well. What happened to this series? I'm sad as I enjoyed the others so much. Hopefully there will be a 6th book and the author will redeem herself! I assume and hope there will be.
Tasha Alexander's books are fun, but the plots are too outlandish to be credible. Knowing the she is a fan of the Amelia Peabody series helps the reader to see what Alexander is trying to accomplish. Yet, while Alexander, like Elizabeth Peters, writes about a woman ahead of her time, the novels do not have the knowing wink to the reader that makes the Amelia Peabody series so very enjoyable.
Maureen E
I loved the first few books in this series but haven't quite managed to get into the last few. I felt like this one was plagued by random chunks of exposition (I have found a body! I will think about my own problems in an effort to catch readers up!) and anachronistic attitudes. It was all the more pointed because I started it just after I finished A Spy in the House. [Feb. 2011]
Sarah Adamson
Not my favourite book in the series due to Lady Emily being pretty miserable for most of it - although I am glad that the author didn't just rush past the trauma and grief that a mom feels when she loses a child - even if in early pregnancy. All too often the mother is not recognized as having the right to grieve and that always upsets me. So thanks to the author for recognizing the difficulties for the mother, the father and those around during a difficult loss. In afraid the other reason I did ...more
Chelsea Roston
It was with this book that I decided to not read any more of the series. Lady Emily, as a character, has become unbearable to me. Colin is still likeable though I know some have found him controlling. It is interesting to me how Lady Emily is so adamant about not listening to his concerns for her health and safety. She has decided he has disappointed her and does not see her as an equal. She does not realize in many ways she is not as well-trained or equipped as Colin in matters of espionage. To ...more
Gigi  Berrett
I enjoyed the series, but this was my least favorite. Lady Emily spent way too much time rehashing her worries of the 3 "M's": miscarriage, mother-in-law and marriage roles. Really bogged down the book in the middle and detraced from the mystery.
I like this genre of Harlequin romance-historical fiction, I can't help it and I'm NOT ashamed Rachel!!!HA!HA! Come on don't we all secretly want to be sneaking around in a dark drawing room with a dagger hidden between our large bosom? ;)
Laura Carter
I enjoy these Lady Emily mysteries. My only complaint is the amount of whining Emily does about being treated equally. It gets tedious and annoying after a while. In this book specifically Colin explains that him not allowing her to continue in the investigation was for her protection, and she agreed, and realized it was out of love and not disrespect, and the next day she was back to pouting about it.

Otherwise, I enjoyed the storyline and characters. I always like to read Gothic novels set in o
I enjoyed this mystery quite a bit but after reading all of the books in this series back to back and feeling like I know Emily and Colin, I am truly disappointed in Mr. Hargreaves. I feel betrayed on Emily's behalf despite the last minute back peddling. It's a shame Alexander felt the need to marry Lady Emily off since she couldn't resist making Colin revert to a domineering ass and make Emily roll over and take it. It would have been nice to have her emulate Cecile and simply play the ravishin ...more
An enjoyable light read, with the protagonist (Lady Emily) and her husband, Colin, in as enlightened a marriage as those times would allow. Lady Emily is a detective by nature, and has solved several other mysteries. Her husband, Colin, is also a detective (by profession) and allows her a great deal (although not total) freedom when she tries to discover who has killed a local young woman. The author has created an interesting cast of characters. This is part of a series (but my first time readi ...more
It's been several years since I read the first books in this series. I remember really enjoying the first several, but this one bugged me, though I'm not sure I can articulate my reasons very well.

The relationship between Emily and her husband Colin feels very stage-acted, like there should be dramatic music and lots of sweeping across the stage with overly dramatic gestures. I'm also not a fan of the over-the-top modern attitudes of Emily and her husband regarding feminism and Emily's notion of
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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 (10 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)
  • A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily, #6)
  • Death in the Floating City (Lady Emily, #7)
  • Behind the Shattered Glass (Lady Emily, #8)
  • The Counterfeit Heiress (Lady Emily, #9)
  • The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)
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) A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily, #6)

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