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A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
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I would have rated this two stars if not for the compelling continuation of the story of Emily and Colin. They continue to be modern and enlightened for a pair of lovers in Victorian times, though Colin still seems desperate to protect Emily's virtue when their passion threatens to consume them.

The rest of the story seems to drone on and on with lots of exposition on the back-story of what eventually led to WW1. A little goes along way though a look at life in Vienna in the Victorian age is interesting and horrifying. The preoccupation with suicide whether real or disguising a murder predates our modern paparazzi age.

The murder mystery plot is weak and easily figured out in the first few chapters. We're only supposed to care because it involves the husband of Emily's best friend. Yawn.

One annoying trend continues, apparently in each book some man must fall madly in love with Emily because she is so beguiling. He is expected to just pine away since she loves Colin (who in this book does have someone who could be a rival to Emily) and fall in line with admirers from previous books.

Maybe the next one will get this series back on track.
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