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...moreLike 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 far as the detective side of the story goes. There are a couple of hilarious interactions! Colin does not like the thought of Emily putting herself in danger, and Emily doesn't like being told what do do. I understand her desire for independence, believe me. Her strong head is one of the best things about her...but she really needs to get it through her thick skull that giving up a little control for the sake of being with Colin: worth it.
The mystery in this one is just as captivating as in the first novel, if not more so. Who is stealing Marie Antoinette collectibles? Who is sneaking into Emily's bedroom in the dead of night and leaving her creepy notes and flowers? What intelligent-but-reckless thing will Emily do next to try to solve the mystery? Will Colin have a heart attack from worry?
And finally...the last page of this book. Possibly my favorite scene from any book. Ever. I want to blab, I really do. I want to tell you what happens because I know you would all swoon with me. Big time. Suffice it to say, it is romantic and involves books.
Intrigued? Good. Read this series, you absolutely won't regret it! (less)
This is the first book of the Lady Emily series, which is a favorite of mine. Emily is a very strong female character who learns to think and study fo...moreThis is the first book of the Lady Emily series, which is a favorite of mine. Emily is a very strong female character who learns to think and study for herself after her husband's death. When mysterious circumstances are unearthed about her husband's death, Emily has to decide who to trust: Andrew, the man who seems to be in love with her, or her husband's best friend Colin.
The Greek antiquities her husband collected become fascinating to Emily, and she starts studying them as well as Homer, the Greek language and other studies. I love that she takes that on for herself, she is such a great character!
Speaking of great characters: Colin...oh Colin. He is magnificent book crush material. Strong, smart, handsome, rich and capable. He is also understanding and even approving of Emily's attempts to release herself from the woman's normal role: even when she stays in the room with the other men for cigars and port after dinner! Shocking! But, he is definitely man enough to handle Emily in all her port-drinking-Lady Audley's Secret-reading glory, if Emily wants to let him handle her, that is. When this book ends, the jury is still out on that. She won't give up her new found independence easily.
This is a fantastic historical mystery series, with dashes of romance of course. I definitely recommend picking them up! Tasha Alexander really knows how to create fantastic characters.(less)
I really enjoyed this book, and plan on reading the sequel very soon. Katherine Neville can really build a great story. My only complaint would be the...moreI really enjoyed this book, and plan on reading the sequel very soon. Katherine Neville can really build a great story. My only complaint would be the fact that there is so much build up and anticipation to all the major struggles that take place throughout the book, but when the struggles actually come to pass they are over and done with very quickly. The main character starts out with rudimentary knowledge of chess and no idea as to what she has gotten herself into, and within a few chapters is globe trotting and taking major risks against a group of international enemies bent on destroying her at any cost-quite a mind leap.
All that being said, I still loved the story, it kept me riveted from beginning to end. The "build up" has always been my favorite part anyway :-)
Side note...I found this much more enjoyable than the Da Vinci Code, so if you liked it-read this and be prepared to LOVE IT!(less)
4.5 stars really, I loved this book! I made a real emotional connection with it when I read it, I don't know if I could again. It just kept reminding...more4.5 stars really, I loved this book! I made a real emotional connection with it when I read it, I don't know if I could again. It just kept reminding me of my grandpa who had just passed away, because I know he would have loved reading it too.(less)