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A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
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Oct 20, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery
Read in October, 2009

I was a little disappointed in this one. Too quickly, Alexander is moving Lady Emily to the center of European political wrangling, which bodes ill for the series. It's one thing to solve multiple society murders, but coming up with world-saving plots over and over is a tough task that has foundered more clever writers. While I know the upper levels of Victorian society were surprisingly interrelated and close knit, the level of coincidence in this story verged on the unbelievable and the insouciance with which Lady Emily ignores the social mores of the day strains my disbelief suspension even further. And combining an almost complete disregard for the rules which governed women's behavior at the time with a tendency for every man to fall over themselves to be helpful to her, puts Lady Emily in the position of having cake she's long since eaten.

I'll probably read at least one more of this series, in time, but I'm not hopeful.

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