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Uneasy Lies the Crown

(Lady Emily #13)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,465 ratings  ·  219 reviews
In Uneasy Lies the Crown, the thrilling new mystery in Tasha Alexander's bestselling series, Lady Emily and her husband Colin must stop a serial killer whose sights may be set on the new king, Edward VII.

On her deathbed, Queen Victoria asks to speak privately with trusted agent of the Crown, Colin Hargreaves, and slips him a letter with one last command: Une sanz pluis. Sa
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Barb in Maryland
Yes, I gave it three stars. I liked it, but boy, did it have problems!
I wish the author would abandon (forever) alternating between two different storylines chapter by very short chapter. Especially when the 'past' storyline seems to have absolutely nothing to do with the 'now' storyline.
I sort of enjoyed reading about Colin's ancestor William and William's naive (and overly devout) young wife Cecily. That story would have made a fun novella. However, the constant interruption of the main myste
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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just WOW! I LOVED this addition to the Lady Emily series. As one of my friends said in her review, something just kept me glued to this plot and I was rushing through to see how it would end. Some reviews have made negative comments about the stories from the past that the author features in most of the Lady Emily books. To me, its like the Royal Diaries series for adults. I always enjoy them, and this one in particular will go down as a personal favorite. I also love seeing Colin and Emily as p ...more
I really enjoyed this mystery, and spending time with Lady Emily, Colin and their boys. Their friend Jeremy is very helpful in this book, driving Emily around in his new car, of which she is very jealous. I like the travels around London to solve this mystery, especially down to tunnels underneath the Tower of London!
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being relatively new to the Lady Emily series, I was unsure what to expect in this 13th entry. Having only finished the first two books, Uneasy Lies the Crown put me in a time machine that catapulted me ten years into the future of Lady Emily and her husband Colin Hargreaves. I was gratified to see that the pair has settled happily into married life and are the parents of three boys.

Nevertheless, domestic bliss has not put a stop to their investigations, and, as Colin receives an enigmatic messa
Barbara Rogers
Series: Lady Emily #13
Publication Date: 10/30/18

I had such fun reading this fast-paced, well-written book! Best of all – you actually get three stories. Now, some folks will find it disconcerting to switch from 1415 in one chapter to 1901 in another chapter. I absolutely understand why the author did the story that way and was good with it, but I can suggest that IF that bothers you, just read all of the 1901 chapters first and then read the 1401, etc. chapters. I must also say that, while I sti
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself speeding to finish this latest installment in the Lady Emily mystery series, even though I could never quite buy into the modes of crime in this one.
Tasha Alexander always does a great job weaving historical people and places into her stories. This time is no exception, with a mysterious vigilante on the loose in London who dresses and poses his victims as old kings of England. It required more than a little suspension of disbelief to accept this modus operandi, but it made for an
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love Lady Emily Mysteries.
Lady Emily becomes part of the investing team (unofficially, of course) with her husband’s great approval once again as murder victims appear in London dressed as deposed or assassinated monarchs of England. Tasha Alexander’s Uneasy Lies the Crown begins with Lady Emily’s husband, Colin Hargreaves, summoned by Queen Victoria as she lays dying. The Queen presents Colin with her last command. The year is 1901, and the Queen’s message is a conundrum. Neither Colin or Lady Emily have even the tinies ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic series. Lady Emily and her husband are a cute team but the real joy in these books is the settings and historical research. This book alternates between the end of the Victorian era (literally--Queen V dies at the opening of the book after passing a cryptic message to Colin) and a story from the 1400s. Both are compelling and beautifully written. How they weave together and what the cryptic note meant are seamlessly revealed. An excellent historical mystery.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uneasy Lies the Crown is a pretty good read. It is the thirteenth installment from Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series. I give it four stars.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
"Uneasy Lies the Crown" is a historical mystery set in England. There were two story lines, one set in 1415 (and some years after that) and the main mystery set in 1901, right after Queen Victoria's death. This is the 13th book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous books to understand this one. This book did not spoil any previous mysteries in the series.

Lady Emily's husband is busy ensuring the safety of the new King after a murdered man is found dressed up like a past, murdered
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this new book in the Lady Emily series! This will appeal not only to readers who are already fans of this series, but also to those who enjoy historical mysteries with a strong female lead. This takes place in 1901 England, with a related secondary story from the 1400's, which I particularly liked.

To read this book is to be delightfully immersed in the time period. The author has a good ability to provide background details for readers such as myself who aren't familiar with historica
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Hargreaves and murder--always a heady mix!

Once again intrigue and history go hand in hand. Colin Hargreaves receives a deathbed command and a mysterious letter from dying queen Victoria. A series of brutally staged murders begin to appear posed as dead kings.
The puzzle seems to revolve around two stories separated by hundreds of years.
The only commonality is that of the posed Kings. The fear is that this is all a threatening guidepost targeting the new king, Edward VII. A teaser indeed!
The o
A bizarre death scene straight out of a Shakespeare play, a mysterious note from a dying queen, and Lady Emily is off on her next investigative adventure. I enjoy the devotion to the late Victorian era settings, attention to detail for cultural and social setting of the time, and the obscure mysteries that aren't always easy to figure out in this series. But, that said, this installment left me rather disappointed.

Uneasy Lies the Crown is book thirteen in the Lady Emily series. It wouldn't be a
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander 4.5 stars

I enjoyed this book; like her last book "Death in St. Petersburg" the story switches from Lady Emily's viewpoint to another persons. In Death in St, Petersburg, the chapters were divided into trying to find out who killed the ballerina to a story told from the ballerina's viewpoint. In this book, the chapters alternate from 1901 to 1415. The beginning of the book starts with Queen Victoria's death and a mysterious letter. In the 1901 section, the
Kate Baxter
Author Tasha Alexander has delivered yet another engrossing Lady Emily mystery - this time drawing on Britain's rich royal historical past.

The book opens in 1901 with Lady Emily's husband, Colin, attending to Queen Victoria upon her death bed. The queen hands him an enigmatic note instructing him to do as the note says and to tell no one. Shortly thereafter, she expires. As the queen's cortege makes its way through the streets of London an unknown man is murdered and his corpse, festooned in th
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to be able to read an advance copy of this fabulous new installment of the Lady Emily series. I've been a fan of this series since the first book, and there are so many good things to say about this one. First, as an historian myself, I really appreciate that Ms. Alexander is such a stickler for historical detail. She is clearly very well-versed in English history and with the English setting for this story, her ability to evoke different periods in English history really shines ...more
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian/Edwardian Murder Mystery

"One never knows, does one, what shall happen in the end?" (quote from the book)

What a fitting way to end the reign of Queen Victoria and enter into the new Edwardian Era with 'Bertie' or should I say King Edward VII. Actually, it was rather diabolical using the victims to portray the deaths of former Kings. The Queen had given Lord Colin Hargreaves an envelope with a message as she lay dying, and finding further envelopes with messages throughout their investigations, only threw more confusion
Those alternate POV chapters are still not working. In previous books they gave too much of the mystery away, but this time out they have the opposite problem: they aren't connected to the story at all. They're basically just summaries of the lives of the couple that founded Colin's family estate. Those chapters get a little too showy with their research, and they kill any momentum that the rest of the book manages to build.

The story starts with the most promise that one of these novels has show
Betty Strohecker
A string of gruesome murders mimicking the deaths of British kings leads Colin and Scotland Yard to suspect the new King Edward to be in danger. As the book begins, a dying Queen Victoria gives Colin a mysterious note that seems to be connected and perhaps foretell the murders. As more notes follow, Emily joins the investigation, but she soon thinks the murders have nothing to do with Bertie. Her inquiries take her to London's East End, where we see the seamy side of life as its inhabitants stru ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Utterly ridiculous. I hate-read this book. Alexander’s attempts to be coy are nauseating. If she would do away with the faux-coyness, I’d return to the series, but at this point, I don’t anticipate reading anymore Lady Emily books.
I finally got to the next book in the Lady Emily series! I really do like this series, I think I've read all the books (apart from one where I read the first few chapters and decided it was not for me) and this book had more of what I liked from the previous books in the series. 

In this book, Emily stumbles across a case (or rather her husband is brought onto the case and Emily is right there with him) where people are murdered and dressed up as dead kings before being placed into prominent plac
I picked this up because I was intrigued by the premise of a series of murders arranged to look like the murders of famous English kings like Harold Godwinson, Edward II, Henry VI and Richard II and even more intrigued when, browsing through a preview, it was a split narrative: one in 1901, after the death of Queen Victoria, where the murders occur and the other in 1415, relating to Henry V’s Agincourt campaign.

And Uneasy Lies the Crown is a fun read. I approached it like I would another cosy/l
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will have to be one of my least favorite books of the Lady Emily series, in spite of the fact that I love Tasha Alexander's storytelling and think her historical background is rock solid. One problem for me was the two storylines - one running in 1415 and one in 1901 - that simply didn't have a strong link and weren't explained until almost the end. Add to that the actual mystery, involving Emily and Colin, that didn't seem to have any real suspect until late in the book. The murderer was s ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read as always, bringing the historical period of Henry IV's battles to rule France to life in frequently alternating chapters, including the contemporary mores and male & female ancestors of Colin Hargreaves during Henry the IV's reign. Some parallels with the Victorian marriage of Colin & Lady Emily?

The underlying plot of the current book begins near the end of Queen Victoria's life, and a puzzle & task she sets for Colin. A murder, staged to look like the murder scene of a former En
Kathleen Schilling
While, I enjoyed the story involving the main characters. The historical story did not do it for me at all. All this build-up and then felt like it fizzled. Will definitely read more in the series, but this was not my favorite.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colin is so glum & keeps interrupting Emily; he's a very annoying character at this point. I expected higher stakes but still liked it ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing! I really did not enjoy the back and forth in time and thought the chapters in the 1400 were boring.
I rolled my eyes a LOT in the last few chapters.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time getting through this one. I’ve been a fan and think I’ve read all her books, but is was too tedious. I liked her better doing Greek.
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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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