Death in St. Petersburg
After the final curtain of Swan Lake, an animated crowd exits the Mariinsky theatre brimming with excitement from the night’s performance. But outside the scene is somber. A ballerina’s body lies face down in the snow, blood splattered like rose petals over the costume of the Swan Queen. The crowd is silenced by a single cry— “Nemetseva is dead!”
Amongst the theatergoers is...more
And it is a nice cover!(less)
There is a mix of political intrigue, love, and the insular world of ...more
This is book #12 in the Lady Emily historical mystery series. Overall, it’s been a great series to follow. There have definitely been highs and lows with the entries, but this one didn’t disappoint. I loved it! As a forever fan of ballet, it was poised to be a favorite, I guess.
Lady Emily and her husband Colin are in St Petersburg, Russia along with their longtime friend Cecile. The city was described ...more
I found myself enjoying it in a bittersweet way since I knew what events would follow this time in the lives of the Romanovs and the Russian people. This is the waning years of Cz ...more
Publication Date: 10/10/17
Okay, I admit it – I loved the book! The writing is superb and the descriptions put you right there with the participants. I love Emily and Colin – what a strong, loving, caring, and supportive couple they are! What threw me was having to constantly stop and sound out the Russian names. Normally with unusual (to me) names, I just decide what they are going to be and call them that whether it is correct or not. For some reason, I couldn’t do that with t ...more
Lady Emily is in St. Petersburg for the New Year, bent on celebration and enjoyment. But after an evening at the world-renowned ballet, her deductive skills are suddenly called to work when the body of a ballerina is discovered in the snow outside the theatre. Who could have wanted to do away with her, and why?
I've read all of the Lady Emily mysteries, and at times have tak ...more
Doubt I'll read any more of these.
St Petersburg in January 1900 before the Russian Revolution. Alexander's walk through this fabulous city is charged, exciting and wonderfully descriptive.
Lady Emily Hargreaves is once again up to her fur hat in a murder. And no ordinary murder. Right after her sensational debut of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake the soloist, Irusya (Irina Semenova Nemetseva), is found outside the stage door, face down in the snow dead, bejewelled in her own blood.
Then there's the mysteri ...more
The Mariinsky Theatre ballet world, with its famous director and choreographer, Marius Petipas, and its world class dancers are featured prominently throughout. Ballet dancers were the Russia ...more
This book was not on the same wonderful standard as it’s predecessors. It got off to a slow start and not until the last part did it begin to gel
This series is not really literary, rather, a fun read with a casual style of writing. But, the idea of a historical fiction genre that includes a working mystery to be solved cannot be overlooked.
With this in mind, consider giving this series a go. I loved the Darjeeling book set in India. It is by far my favo ...more
I loved th ...more