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A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily #3)

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At her friend Ivy's behest, Emily reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of Lord Fortescue, a man she finds as odious as he is powerful. But if Emily is expecting Lord Fortescue to be the greatest of her problems, she is wrong. Her host has also invited Kristiana von Lange, an Austrian countess who was once linked romantically with Emi ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by William Morrow
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Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: well, it’s like this. I went to one of Tasha Alexander’s author events because I was ready to buy this third book in the Lady Emily series, and our lovely indie bookstore, which stocked the event, didn’t have any copies (some difficulty with obtaining them—I hate to tell you, indie guys, but Amazon has it). Anyhow I bought the fourth novel because I’m super-nice, and went to get Tasha (whom I know to the extent of having had a chat or two with her and her husband at literar ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I'm not really sure what to think of this book. It is never good as a reader when an author decides to make the hero appear to be something of a cad(to use a Victorian term) and then doesn't bother to explain how he isn't, leaving the reader to think that smart and loving Emily isn't as smart as we've been led to believe. Emily doesn't believe in anyone blindly, at one time thinking her own late husband was capable of a life of crime. But she doesn't question Colin when her own eyes and ears hav ...more
I enjoy Lady Emily's stories, and A Fatal Waltz didn't disappoint. I might enjoy better to read about how Lady Ashton deals with her aristocratic London or Paris, but I liked experiencing with her Vienna of the time. The plot has plenty of mystery, disappointments, and surprises. Colin is as always an excellent pair to Lady Emily. If she is a woman ahead of her time, he is not only supportive of her independence and investigative endeavors, but his missions are as fulfilling to him. 3-stars and ...more
Susan in NC
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical mystery buffs, fans of Elizabeth Peters
Recommended to Susan in NC by: Amazon
I got this from the library and read it in a couple of days, it was a good, quick read.

I enjoyed the first two books in this series - even if Lady Emily is far too modern for a Victorian lady, she's a lot of fun. I couldn't help feeling in this installment, however, that I almost wished Emily would fall for her lifelong friend Jeremy, I'm getting a little tired of her and Colin making eyes at each other and teasing each other with their overwhelming passion - get on with it, already! Stop angst
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Lady Emily Ashton and her fiance the dashing Colin Hargreaves are invited to a shooting party at the home of a very influential member of the government, Lord Fortescue.

Lord Fortescue has taken a strong dislike to Lady Emily and makes it clear that he plans to sabotage any plans she has of actually getting Hargreaves to the altar. To that end, he has also invited the alluring Countess Von Lange. Emily learns to her chagrin that the lovely Countess is an old love of Colin's who shares his talent
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I went to college with the author, so I am somewhat biased in her favor, but this is an excellent historical romance with plenty of suspense elements. This time around, Emily must clear the husband of one of her dearest friends of a classic English country house murder, and the investigation sends her to the anarchist underground of late 19th-century Vienna.. and a delicate battle of wills with the former lover of her fiance...
2013 - A very tangled plot, finding out who killed Lord Fortescue, but kept me wanting to read just another chapter.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I loved this book! I know I've liked all the books in this series, but this one garned my particular adoration for what Tasha Alexander did with it. Throughout this book I was in absolute agony. You have met Lady Emily and her love, now fiance, Colin. In the first book you found out about Emily's husband and her past with him. Now you find out about Colin's past in the form of one Countess Katarina von Lange. The reason this book was so agonizing was because throughout the book you watch Emily t ...more
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: austria
A FATAL WALTZ (Hist Mys/Amateur Sleuth-Emily, Lady Aston-England/Austria-Victorian) – G+
Alexander, Tasha – 3rd in series
William Morrow, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780061174223

First Sentence: I had not noticed it when she first arrived: the way she leaned too far towards him as he kissed her hand, the hint of surprised recognition in his eyes.

What begins as a tedious weekend in the country, for Emily, Lady Aston and her fiancé Colin Hargreaves, changes dramatically. The politically powerful Lord
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
This is the third book in the series about Lady Emily Ashton, and while I have thoroughly enjoyed each one, I believe that this one is my favorite so far. I have enjoyed watching Emily's character grow and mature in each book. This time, she sets out to prove the innocence of Robert Brandon, her friend Ivy's husband, after he has been arrested for murder. The novel moves at a fast pace, and many of Emily's friends from the previous books appear as new ones are also introduced. At the end of the ...more
This is the 3rd book in the Lady Emily series. Lady Emily Ashton is a Victorian era widow, who is studying the Greek classics. She's engaged to Colin Hargreaves who seems to be a Queens' 007. On this outing, the couple is invited to the country house of Lord Fortescue, one of the leading politicians. Unfortunately, Lord Fortescue ends up dead and the primary suspect is the husband of one of Lady Emily's closest friends.

While I appreciate the historical detail and the Jane Austen-like social comm
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shannon
Shelves: mystery
Another ARC, to be published June 2008. This is the first book I've read by Tasha Alexander, although it is the third book in this particular series featuring Lady Emily Ashton. Previous books are And Only to Deceive and A Poisoned Season. This is a quick paced and fun historical mystery, set in Victorian England. A Fatal Waltz travels to Vienna, which the author depicts with wonderfully evocative writing. I'll recommend this series to fans of Elizabeth Peters, Victoria Thompson, Kate Ross, a ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay, so I was entertained, but the murder mystery was convoluted and unrealistic, and I felt frustrated by some things that were left unexplained. The gun, the duel, the raid, the anarchists, none of it really came together in a way that made sense. Also, I'm annoyed with the romantic mystery surrounding Kristiana and Colin's relationship. Shouldn't Lady Ashton, our amateur sleuth, want to ferret out the truth? She didn't, so we didn't. I hope we get more details in future books.
Nancy Haddock
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I found this series! I can't recall how many books are in it, but I'll read every one of them! Love the characters, the settings, and the mystery plot itself - never mind the secondary plots! If you like historical mysteries, I suggest you jump on this series!
Charles Pergiel
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
If I recall correctly, I bought this book two years ago from a vendor in the Buenos Aires airport on way out of town. The purchase served two purposes: it helped get rid of my remaining Argentine pesos, and it got me something to read on the plane. I don't remember much about the story except that it was good enough that I read the whole thing.
I had been eagerly awaiting the publication of this book. I read both of Alexander's previous novels and enjoyed them very much, especially A Poisoned Season.

This is the third murder mystery solved by Lady Ashton. She is the a young widow engaged to her dead husband's best friend. Her finance, Colin Hargreaves works for the government and appreciates Emily's bright and inquisitive mind. Emily is at a party at Lord Fortescue's estate when the nasty old politician is murdered and her best friend
Betty Strohecker
This was a thrilling addition to the the Lady Emily series that was filled with danger, intrigue, and suspense. When the husband of Emily's childhood friend Ivy is wrongly accused of murder at what was to be a restful country house party, Emily puts her life in danger to prove his innocence. Since her fiance Colin was sent out of the country on a mission of extreme importance to Britain immediately following the murder, Emily finds she must navigate dangerous waters alone for much of the novel. ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-nook
Lady Emily Ashton and her fiance Colin Hargreaves find themselves at a country house party when a murder takes place and the husband of her best friend Ivy is accused and hauled off to Newgate to await trial. He asks Emily to look into the murder as she has had some success in the past. Thus starts the third installment in the Lady Emily historical mystery series and my favorite so far. Lady Emily has matured quite a bit from the first book which makes for better reading. She and Colin have had ...more
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Smashing book, talley ho! Here, here! I am anxiously awaiting the next in this series, which comes out in Sept 09 I believe. I love the characters and although the story can get a little slow (and slightly unbelievable at times), it is still a delightful, fun read. I learn a little more about Victorian England with each book in this series that I read. I must say that I am very disappointed in the lack of closure for dear Jeremy. I willingly admit I am a bit smitten with him. Perhaps he will fin ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Monica
This is the third Lady Emily Ashton novel, and this one lives up to the "Novel of Suspense" that is written on the cover. ALthough I have to say I hate that painting and I cannot figure out if the lady is suppossed to be dead? Anyway- in this novel we have another dead body (no one is really sad though, he was an awful man) and a trip to Vienna with hot chocoloate and snow and skating, and questions about Colin's fidelity cause we meet his former ...mistress? Lover? Confidante...? We learn more ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Emily Ashton is the reluctant guest at a house party at the estate of the very nasty Lord Fortesque. He clearly despises her and is determined to break up her engagement to Colin Hargreaves, an agent of Her Majesty. The house party ends abruptly when the host is murdered, and the husband of her dear friend is arrested. While everyone assumes he is guilty, Lady Emily is compelled to find the true murderer. Her curiosity and investigation takes her to Vienna and the very dangerous world of sp ...more
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the third book featuring Lady Emily Ashton as heroine in this late 1800s murder mystery. Lady Ashton is out to prove that her friend's husband did not kill the man he is accused of killing. For me this book wasn't as great as the first two. It lacked some of the frivolousness that made the first two books so good especially Emily's society/ gossip driven mother who made a very small appearance in this book but was featured more prominently in the other two. I still liked the book and I l ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I think that Tasha Alexander could write labels for soup cans and make them suspenseful.
Third in (hopefully) a series, this installment finds Lady Emily Ashton searching for the murderer of her arch enemy in order to clear her best friends husband of the crime. There's suspense, a little romance and a whole lot of mystery. The descriptions of late 1800s city life is wonderful as is the dialog. Some of the dialog is a little too cheesey (for lack of a better word) or maybe "campy". But honestly,
I was disappointed in this book. Maybe it's the prude in me, but I was really bothered by the picture she painted of "society" where everyone had extramarital affairs. I didn't like how prevalent they were to the story and how accepting everyone was of such an immoral behavior. I was especially bothered to find that Colin had been a participant, it didn't fit with his character. Perhaps it was like that in that era, but I prefer a story that isn't quite so embracing of immorality.
Jul 26, 2008 rated it liked it
For some reason, it was more difficult for me to get into this novel than her previous two. The mystery, I felt, wasn't as compelling. Instead, I felt that it was an excuse to send Emily, the protagonist, to Vienna to soak up the intrigue there. Although I enjoyed the atmosphere of the novel, I still felt that the relationships among the characters was a bit more stale. Overall, it was okay, but not my favorite of the series.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it better than the second one... the setting in Vienna was terrific, and I especially enjoyed that part of it. Lady Emily seemed to do better bucking the conventions on the Continent than in England, which was a relief. Her determination to succeed against all threats and barriers was terrific. Looking forward to the fourth.
Oct 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Darker, deeper, and perhaps a bit nastier than previous outings with Lady Emily. Emily's stay in Vienna was fascinating... the obsession with death, the coffeehouse culture. The multi-faceted mystery kept me guessing until the end. Character development was great too, with all the old favorites as well as some interesting new ones. I look forward to Lady Emily's next story.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I have not tired of this series yet.
Toni ~married to a hunk~
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read, bouchercon
I can not get enough of Lady Ashton. I will not stop reading this series. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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The daughter of two philosophy professors, I grew up surrounded by books. I was convinced from an early age that I was born in the wrong century and spent much of my childhood under the dining room table pretending it was a covered wagon. Even there, I was never without a book in hand and loved reading and history more than anything. I studied English Literature and Medieval History at the Univers ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lady Emily (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • A Poisoned Season (Lady Emily, #2)
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